Premier Stephen McNeil officially named the group of people on Monday that will oversee the implementation of the Ivany report.
A week after much of the list leaked, the complete group of 15 was revealed to include the premier as chairman and opposition party leaders Jamie Baillie and Maureen MacDonald as vice-chairpersons. They are joined by Nova Scotia Federation of Labour president Rick Clarke, Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities president and Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum and Martha Crago, vice-president of research at Dalhousie University.
The rest of the oneNS Coalition includes: Henry Demone, CEO for High Liner Foods Inc.; J.P. Deveau, president of Acadian Seaplants Ltd.; Saeed El-Darahali, president and CEO of SimplyCast.com; Celtic Colours International Festival executive director Joella Foulds; Danny Graham, former provincial Liberal leader and head of Engage Nova Scotia; Jevon MacDonald, co-founder of GoInstant.com; Rankin MacSween, president of New Dawn Enterprises Ltd.; Chief Sidney Peters, the co-chairman of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs; and Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, the medical officer of health for the Capital district health authority.
A government news release said the coalition, which was scheduled to meet for the second time Monday night, is “developing work plans in the three key areas of attitude, people, and economic growth based on the 19 goals and 12 game changers outlined in the (Ivany) report.”
“The coalition will develop and deliver a 10-year, provincewide plan to meet population and economic renewal goals by December 2015, as called for by the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy.”
El-Darahali said in an interview that the group is committed to working together in the best interest of the province. He said he was especially pleased to see that broad group of sectors represented.
“This is not coming from government,” he said. “We want to see that this is private sector with government involvement rather than government driven with private sector involvement.”
El-Darahali said each member is being assigned certain aspects to focus on as part of their work; he is assigned youth employment, out-migration and immigration, for example.
“This is not something where we’re going to meet for a few months and off it goes. This is something that’s going to be a true road map of how we’re going to tackle the issues,” he said.
“The key here is that we need some measurable, actionable items to put forward so we can showcase that we’re now moving … on hopefully creating a prosperous Nova Scotia.”
June 2, 2014