Event Description

Please join us for the inaugural Neville Gilfoy Talk on the Future of Entrepreneurship and Innovation showcasing inspiring business leaders and the impact they are having in their fields.

Our panelists are thinkers and problem solvers, with the power to innovate in times of rapid change. Their courage to take risks helped launch their inspiring careers, and they are paving the way for future leaders.

The Neville Gilfoy Talk was established in honour of the late Neville Gilfoy, a Dalhousie alumnus who championed entrepreneurs and whose passion for a prosperous Atlantic region fueled his business efforts.

An influential mentor, teacher, publisher, public speaker and connector, Neville advanced the conversation and the culture of entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada. He founded Progress Media Group and several magazines, including ProgressProgrèsHalifax Magazine, and Nova Scotia Open to the World, and co-founded Eastern Woods and Waters. Neville’s strength was in building and maintaining personal relationships with everyone he met, and his personal philosophy was reflected best in his flagship events: Face 2 Face, the only conference exclusively aimed at entrepreneurs in the region, and the Top 101 awards, celebrating Atlantic Canada’s top companies.

The Neville Gilfoy Talk includes a breakfast panel being held on Friday, May 22, and tickets are $20 per person.  All profits will be placed into the Neville J. Gilfory Bursary in Entrepreneurship & Innovation fund, which was established to provide financial support for Dalhousie business students studying entrepreneurship and innovation.

Please stay tuned for tickets.


Thomas Joseph Hickey (BEng’94)

CEO, Atlantic Road Construction and Paving Limited
Eastern Passage, NS

Tom Hickey is a native of Glace Bay, Cape Breton and is the CEO of Atlantic Road Construction and Paving Limited. He has founded 23 companies in a career that started when he was 16 and launched a car-cleaning outfit while he was in high school. After studying engineering, he launched Frontline Safety in 1994 at the age of 25. He grew it, sold it to a public company and later came back to buy and sell the public company in 2012. A main focus for his business ventures has been international projects in the oil, gas, and construction industries. As CEO of Atlantic Road Construction and Paving, Mr. Hickey has employed between up to 170 people. In an interview with Atlantic Business Magazine Mr. Hickey revealed that he enjoys learning about new businesses and recognizes that as one of his major strengths. In May 2019, Thomas Hickey was inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s Hall of Fame for being named a Top 50 CEO five times. Along with Mr. Hickey’s business ventures, he has been very involved in several charities, including the Canadian Diabetes Association and coaching his two daughters in competitive hockey.

Source: https://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/for-love-of-the-game/

Retrieved: May 29, 2019


Dennis Campbell

Dennis Campbell, CEO of Ambassatours Gray Line and Murphy’s On The Water, began his career at 7 years of age, when he realized on a bus tour that ‘little old ladies have a lot of money’.  Dennis began tour guiding at 15, started a tour company at age 17, a publishing company at 19 and a bus company at 21.  Dennis’ tenacity with contacting the major Cruise Line executives in the early years, has positioned the company today, as the largest shore excursion operators in Atlantic Canada working with all the major Cruise Lines.  The company now employs + 400 staff, has a fleet of over 5 sightseeing vessels, 6 Harbour Hopper amphibious vehicles, 4 gift shops and operates Halifax waterfront’s largest restaurant, bar and patio.  Ambassatours Gray Line is one of the largest land & water sightseeing companies in Canada with 4 locations in Atlantic Canada and as well as recently adding Gray Line Niagara Falls Ontario.


Stephanie Unwin (BComm’88)

President, Veronica Beard
New York 10011, USA

Stephanie Unwin is the President of Veronica Beard, a high-end ready-to-wear fashion line based in New York City. Previously she was its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Veronica Beard, Ms. Unwin worked as the Vice President of Sales and Merchandising at Li & Fung USA. She was also the Chief Commercial Officer at Jack Rogers USA and Vice President of Sales at TIBI. Ms. Unwin has more than 15 years’ experience in the fashion industry.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-unwin-1a36669/

Retrieved: May 29, 2019