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Fusion Fast Five – Atlantic Leadership Forum


As part of the 2nd Annual Atlantic Leadership Forum (ALF), Fusion Fast Five is a dynamic session involving local organizations and conference attendees, with an aim to provide valuable insights, and encourage collaboration and community engagement.

United Way Halifax

United Way Halifax works to improve lives and build community by engaging donors, residents and partners to work together on key issues affecting our city. We want Halifax to be free of poverty, so that people can live their best lives.

Sara Napier, President & CEO


Sara is President & CEO of United Way Halifax, which she calls her “dream role.” Previous positions include Vice-President of Strategy and Marketing at the IWK Health Centre Foundation, media and external relations for Nova Scotia Community College, and community economic development for the Region of Queens Municipality. A dedicated volunteer, Sara has served on the National Brand Task Force for Children’s Hospital Foundations of Canada, the Board of the Sobey Executive MBA Alumni Association, and as a LORAN Scholar mentor and selection committee member. She has received the Halifax Cornwallis Progress Women of Excellence Award, and an Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the International Community College Network. Sara holds a Masters of Business from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University, and a Community Economic Development Certificate from Nova Scotia Community College.

Stop the Violence Spread the Love

Stop the Violence Spread the Love is an organization geared towards raising violence awareness to decrease all forms of violence.

Quentrel Provo, Founder & CEO


Quentrel Provo is a singer, songwriter and a known activist as the Founder/ CEO of Stop the Violence Brand and Movement which he started after the tragic killing death of his close cousin Kaylin Diggs in August 2012. In April 2015 he started the Stop the Violence Clothing Brand the first brand of its kind in Canada geared towards spreading a message of love and standing against violence. Through his work he’s become the face of Stop the Violence in Nova Scotia and over the past few years he’s had the opportunity to meet or meet with some prominent figures such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Governor General of Canada David Johnston, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia John Grant, US Consul General Steven Giegerich, Premier Stephan McNeil, Mayor Mike Savage, Chief of Halifax Regional Police Jean-Michel Blais and Former Chief of RCMP Roland Wells. In June 2016 he made history in Canada as June 10th was declared Stop the Violence Day in the Province of Nova Scotia with the signing of the Proclamation by Premier McNeil and Minister of Justice Diana Whalen whereas everyone wears red to mark this day of awareness and does an act of kindness towards a fellow citizen. He’s spoke and sang at schools, conferences and other events all over Nova Scotia, and across Canada as he continues to spread the message of love against violence and raise violence awareness throughout Nova Scotia, Canada and the world.

Made with Local

Made with Local in 2012 as a little table at the farmer’s market selling handmade bars. Today Made with Local has over a dozen products and is building a national brand based on love, nourishment and community.

Sheena Russell, CEO


A farmer’s grand-daughter and a baker’s daughter, I grew up in rural PEI surrounded by simple, real foods and a lot of love. I moved to NS in 2007 to pursue studies in Ecology at Dal, never imagining I’d be an entrepreneur. In 2012, Made with Local was founded as a hobby, 5 years later I’m CEO of a dynamic company that is taking on a life and culture of its own, and doing more good than I ever could have imagined.

Aerobics First

Since 1980, Aerobics First has prided itself in being a full service retail shop, no matter what the focus of the time! Aerobics First has deep roots in our local community. We have lived and operated from the same “hood” for 37 years. We continue to reach out to the running, fitness, skiing, and local business community we are a part of; seeking innovative ways to benefit both ourselves and our customers so that our small business can survive well into the future.

Luke MacDonald, Owner

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If you’ve ever met Luke MacDonald you’ll immediately recognize three things: he’s good at selling sneakers, he’s passionate about promoting healthy & active lifestyles, and he makes it a habit to give back. He’s the Founder of the Youth Running Series (1995 to present); Father Tony Solar Hub Projects, Gambian Micro Charity (2011 to present); Sparks Fly – which puts Mini Silent Exercise Bikes in Classrooms across Canada for Self-Reg purposes (2011 to present); and the Solar Football Organization – Essau, The Gambia (2014 to present). He’s a Builder with Halifax Start2Finish – Running & Reading Program (2008 to present) and Initiator of  the #WorldLitterRun (1996 to present) and FitItForward – which provides properly fitted new shoes for those experiencing poverty (2014 to present). 

Maritime Bhangra Group

The Maritime Bhangra Group is a dance & activist group started by young individuals from the Halifax area.

Hasmeet Singh Chandok, Co-founder & Manager


Hasmeet Singh Chandok is a student at Dalhousie University doing a Graduate degree in Computer Science. With the help of his brother Kunwardeep, they started The Maritime Bhangra Group; a group of passionate individuals who work to raise awareness for various charities and help build a strong community not only in the maritimes, but nationwide.

Closing Keynote: Innovating from here to the world

Chris Crowell, Chief Marketing Officer, Mariner Partners

Video networks. Social media. Cybersecurity. Energy optimization. Business and consumer demand in these areas span the globe  Perhaps surprisingly, you will find that some of the most innovative and impactful products in these areas have been developed right here in Atlantic Canada; the early  and ongoing results of a vibrant and growing start-up ecosystem.

Chris Crowell, CMO of Mariner, will share the Mariner (and a bit of his own) story with you – the mistakes made, the successes had and the lessons learned as an early participant in that ecosystem. He will offer perspective for budding entrepreneurs and change makers looking to drive innovation in their own organizations and discuss some of the opportunities and challenges facing innovators in Atlantic Canada.

Chris is Chief Marketing Officer at Mariner Partners. He is responsible for developing go-to-market strategy, building partnerships and providing direction on how Mariner can deliver the most value to its customers.

Prior to joining Mariner, Chris built the Worldwide Licensing organization at OpenText and led business development for NeuLion across North America, Australia and Europe. Chris started his career at Bell Canada, focusing on innovation strategy, partnerships and driving operational improvements in the consumer market organization. He holds a degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University and a L.L.B and MBA from Dalhousie University where he was named the Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2007 for his work as founder of East Coast Connected and organizer of the Atlantic Business Summits in Toronto.

Chris is a dog lover, hockey fan, movie buff, cyclist and proud dad of three. He is an active mentor in the start-up community in both Atlantic Canada and Waterloo.