Event Details

In the final episode of the reimagine Nova Scotia series, we will reflect on what we’ve uncovered and learned throughout the last five episodes and discuss how we, as a collective, can come together to keep moving forward, prosper and build a stronger Nova Scotia.

In an episode shaped around envisioning the future, our panelists will also explore the questions: What do organizations need to do to support a reimagined Nova Scotia? How can institutions like Dalhousie make a difference? What can policy makers and influencers do to contribute? And how can we as an individual take action?

6:30-7:30 p.m. (AST), Thursday, Nov. 26
Livestreamed via Facebook

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Guiding our discussion will be:

Dr. Alice B. Aiken, CD, PhD, MSc, BScPT’94, BSc, Vice-President (Research & Innovation), Dalhousie University
Dr. Alice Aiken’s research focuses on health systems transformation and evidence-informed policy making, with a focus on military and Veteran health. Dr. Aiken is currently the Vice-Chair of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and chairs the board of Research Nova Scotia.  She is elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

She was formerly the Dean of the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie.  She started her academic career at Queen’s University where she founded and was the first Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, a unique consortium of over 46 Canadian and 13 international universities dedicated to researching the health needs of military personnel, Veterans and their families.

She received her PhD and Master from Queen’s University, Canada, her Physical Therapy degree from Dalhousie University, and a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Ottawa.   She also proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 14 years, first as a ship’s navigator in the Royal Canadian Navy, then as a physiotherapist.

She is currently the Honorary Captain (Navy) for Canadian Forces Health Services Atlantic, and a Dame of the Order of St George.  For her commitment to the health and well-being of military personnel, Veterans, and their families, she has received the Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion (USA).


The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard, PhD, C.M., O.N.S, Senator – Nova Scotia (East Preston)
Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard (MSW’77) is the first African Nova Scotian woman to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, representing the province of Nova Scotia and her hometown of East Preston. Senator Bernard champions issues impacting African Canadians and people living with disabilities. She is particularly invested in human rights, employment equity, and mental health. Through her involvement in community projects, her social work career, her time with Dalhousie School of Social Work, and now her work in the Senate, Senator Bernard has maintained a deep dedication to social justice and racial justice. Senator Bernard advocates for reparations for the historic and continued anti-Black racism impacting the lives of African Canadians in her work.


Danny Graham (LLB’88), Chief Engagement Officer, Engage Nova Scotia
Over a thirty-year period, Danny Graham has held senior positions in business, law, government and politics. For 10 years he was the Chief Negotiator on Aboriginal Rights for the Province of Nova Scotia. He is credited with starting the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program and has worked to advance justice reforms with the United Nations and various countries spanning four continents. He has been recognized by organizations throughout Atlantic Canada for his community and public leadership. He helped write We Choose Now: A Playbook For Nova Scotia, the follow-up report to the Ivany Report.

He is currently the Chief Engagement Officer for Engage Nova Scotia—an independent non-profit that invites Nova Scotians to be more collaborative, inclusive and adaptive to change. Engage Nova Scotia is leading the Nova Scotia Quality of Life Initiative, in collaboration with partners across the province, including Local Leadership Teams in every region of the province.

Lori Turnbull, Director, School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University (Moderator)