The Future of Work: How Experiential Learning is Bridging the Gap between School and Work

November 10th, 11-1pm Atlantic 


Matthew Berrigan

Regional Manager, Northern Connector Program
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Northern Connector Program, Matthew works closely with established business and community leaders to help employment-ready workers build professional networks across the region. Matthew’s role is designed to be collaborative. Matthew regularly works with Universities, Colleges, Chambers of Commerce, non-profit organizations including but not limited to; Community groups, Ignite Labs, CBDC, and many more.

It is the intention of Matthew’s role to support Nova Scotians with a specific focus on Recent Graduates, including International Graduates, students who are approaching graduation and entering the labor force and Newcomers to connect them with employers in their field of work. This connection will expose participants to experienced professionals in their fields and inform as to the job market and local opportunities, while exposing employers to a new source of talent to enhance their recruiting pools. Together, this effort is intended to match employment-ready individuals to local job opportunities strengthening our local workforce.

Chantal Brine

A builder of people and businesses.
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Chantal is a believer in experiential learning, a proponent for mentorship, and an active advocate for women. As a TedX and sought-after speaker, she often talks about the importance of living an authentic life and the impact of mentorship in advancing one’s career. Chantal most recently joined Unity Charity, a national charity that is using hip hop art forms to help youth build resilience, as a Board Member and Governance and HR Committee Member. She chairs the Mentorship Committee for Women in Communications and Technology, Atlantic Chapter, is past Chair for the Atlantic Regional Advisory Board for the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers, serves on the Halifax Chamber of Commerce WorkForce Taskforce, and sits on the Program Advisory Council for Techsploration. She is a mentor with the Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub, two time judge with Ryzhe Ventures out of Innovation Guelph, and active member of a number of women in tech, startup, and ‘future of work’ peer groups. 

Originally from Bermuda, Chantal made her home in Atlantic Canada after completing her studies at Saint Mary’s University. Chantal’s passion to help others find careers that they love, led her to start EnPoint, where she focuses on helping thousands of people do just that.

Paula Brophy

Coordinator, StFX DiscoverBox
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Paula has over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, economic development, and training. She has been responsible for the development and delivery of varied youth entrepreneurial programs such as: The Wallace Family Internship, StFX DiscoverBox Microgrant, and StFX DiscoverBox Entrepreneurial Internship. Paula’s focus is creating a space to provide youth with experiential learning opportunities through a lens of entrepreneurship.

Brady Paul

Indigenous Community and Cultural Liaison Coordinator at Nova Scotia Community College
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Brady Paul is originally from St Mary’s First Nation in New Brunswick ( Sitansisk Wolastoqiyik). He traveled to Nova Scotia in 2011 to continue his athletic and academic career. Presently he is Indigenous Community and Cultural Liaison Coordinator for Nova Scotia Community College. In his role he provides support for indigenous students and works with college officials and external organizations to ensure that students succeed and can contribute to all communities in the province. He is also currently pursuing his Masters Part-time at Saint Mary’s University. In his spare time, Brady volunteers for a number of local, regional, and national organizations. Focusing on cultural, sport, education, and Inclusion.

Margaret Schwartz

Communications & Community Navigator, P4G, Tribe Network .
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Margaret holds a degree in Public Relations and eight years of experience across multiple non-profits and most recently, a career with the Province of Nova Scotia where she served as an outreach coordinator for youth employment programs.

Now, Margaret flatters the P4G’s communications team with an intentional focus on connecting client opportunities to members of the community, relationship building, and sharing the P4G story with the world at large. Through Cluster Employment, Margaret’s time is shared with the Tribe Network, where she creates accessibility to funding, entrepreneurial resources and programs for racialized communities.

Margaret serves on the Board of Directors at Teamwork Co-operative, and on the Fund Development Committee at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning. 

Mark Wood

CEO Ocean Sonics Ltd.
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Mark has worked most of his career on or near the ocean. He is a product innovator and designer who specializes in studying how users interact with complex instruments, in order to simplify their lives.

Mark graduated from UNB with a BSc and MSC in Electrical Engineering, and has lived in the UK, Switzerland and Texas before coming home to raise his family on the shore of the Bay of Fundy.

He started Ocean Sonics in early 2012 to make and sell the icListen Smart Hydrophone, a unique instrument that adds value to sound recordings as it collects them. Users are scientists, operators, surveyors and seismologists located in Canada, USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The company continues to grow, and will soon be relocating to a larger facility. The company’s growth strategy is to introduce innovative ocean products focused on customers needs. Mark has contributed to the community by supporting youth in STEM subjects, economic development and supporting a number of NGO’s reach their goals.