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Scott Bosse

Finance Administration Coordinator, ProcedureFlow
Owner, Cosmic Drag Queen Bingo

Having been Chair of the Atlantic Conference for Administrative Professionals since it’s inception in 2017 many of you may be familiar with my career as an administrative professional.

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I was based in Halifax from 2005 until 2020 where I built up my skills working my way up as an admin in the hospital system to Supervisor and then moving on to Management in Government during my final year in Halifax.

When that temporary position ended, my family and I took the opportunity to make a run for it back to a simpler, safer, quieter life in our home province of New Brunswick.

James Mullinger

Editor-in-Chief, Stand-Up Comedian, Keynote Speaker

James Mullinger was one of the UK’s top comedians and the Comedy Editor for GQ magazine when he moved to Canada in 2014. Since his arrival, he has taken the country by storm. He has sold out shows across the country, made appearances on CBC’s The Debaters, movies, Television shows, festivals, award shows and stand up specials…he’s done it all.

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In March 2020, James was in the middle of a global tour when the pandemic forced him off the road. He has since become one of the most in-demand virtual comedians on the circuit, performing virtually for companies around the world.  

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James Mullinger was one of the UK’s top comedians and the Comedy Editor for GQ magazine when he moved to Canada six years ago. Since his arrival, he has taken the country by storm. Sold out shows across the country, appearances on CBC’s The Debaters, movies, TV shows, festivals, awards, stand up specials – he’s done it all.

An award-winning writer, comedian and filmmaker, he spent 15 years in a senior position at British GQ magazine, interviewing everyone from Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Rudd to Rachel Weisz and Scarlett Johansson and launching the magazine’s digital division. In April 2016 and 2018, James sold out Harbour Station Arena in New Brunswick, outselling both Jerry Seinfeld and Guns N Roses at the same venue.   

His latest stand up special, Almost Canadian, shot straight to #1 on the iTunes charts and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Taped Live Performance. It is available to watch internationally on Amazon Prime Video.   

In June 2017 he launched Atlantic Canada’s first ever international magazine, [EDIT] - an award-winning premium media brand devoted to celebrating business leaders and creatives doing the unexpected while expanding Atlantic Canada’s global reach.

James has also raised more than $200,000 for Atlantic Canadian charities. He is a much sought after corporate clean comedian and keynote speaker internationally on the subjects of marketing, media and uplifting positivity celebrating life, work and play in Canada.  

Anna Marenick

Senior Director of Change Management and the Interim Senior Director of People Services, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Anna is the Senior Director of Change Management and the Interim Senior Director of People Services with Nova Scotia Health.

Prior to her time at NSH, Anna has experience working in both private and public sectors in a variety of strategic roles. She has also taught Strategic Communications at the Nova Scotia Community College and has taught Strategic Human Resources Management in the SMU MBA program.

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Anna’s creative, inclusive approach to solving complex problems in a variety of settings makes her exceptional at collaboratively propelling ideas and people forward. Anna is a passionate community builder, a thought-provoking speaker and writer, and a trusted advisor to many. She sits on the Boards of Directors of Immigrant Services Association of NS, Saint Mary’s University, and Alice House She also co-chairs the Nova Scotia Study tour for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis Xavier University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s University.

Leah D. Rimmer

Partner, Boyne Clark

Leah grew up in Halifax, not far from where she lives now with her husband Darren and their four children Sam (13), Joe (11), Ben (9) and Mary (7). She has practiced corporate law with BOYNECLARKE LLP since 2005, and joined the partnership in 2014. Leah has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada publication in the areas of Banking & Finance Law, Corporate Law & Mergers & Acquisitions Law. 

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Leah is committed to practicing law with empathy, integrity and humour. Leah’s clients appreciate her dedicated but practical approach and her fellow lawyers appreciate her enthusiasm and collegiality. Leah’s real work begins and ends at home with her family. She prides herself on structuring her legal practice so her clients receive excellent service without sacrificing her time with her family (or much sleep – although she is still working on that one!). In addition to spending a lot of quality time in her minivan driving her kids from rink to rink, Leah prioritizes time for herself through a daily commitment to physical fitness, in particular long-distance running. She believes passionately a healthy life is a fundamental component to success and allows her to perform at the highest level both at work and at home. Leah is a frequent speaker on the topics of work, motherhood and life, and is always interested in sharing her experiences and most importantly learning from others to fuel her own growth.

Jennifer Bonnevie

Training & Development Coordinator, Owens MacFadyen Group

Jennifer is a Training and Development Coordinator with a financial services firm. Jennifer is a lifelong learner and advocate for personal & professional development.  As an active member of Toastmasters, she enjoys mentoring others & enhancing her communication and leadership skills. 

Toni White-Goodridge

Information Technology Education Consultant, Information Technology Education Consultant, IWK Health Centre

Experienced Adult Educator and Lifelong Learning specialist with background in Information Technology. History of working in the Education, & Health Care IT. Skilled in Facilitation, Training, Educational Consults, E-Learning Creation/Implementation, Public Speaking, and Technical Presentations.

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Information Technology professional with a Masters of Education in Life Long Learning focused in Adult and Continuing Education from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Nicole Marchand

RD, Founder, Eat Well Nova Scotia

Nicole specializes in digestive health along with metabolic health and the prevention, management and treatment of chronic disease. 
Nicole is a consulting dietitian working out of Halifax, NS. She offers services and programs both locally and remotely related to digestive health, metabolic health, anti-inflammation and disease prevention/treatment.

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She believes that we can both develop a healthy relationship with food and optimize our health when we have the tools and resources to navigate a healthy dietary lifestyle.  

She has been studying and researching gut health and metabolic health since the beginning of her career and focuses on ailments related to our digestive tract which include IBS and GERD to Type 2 Diabetes, allergies and other inflammatory diseases. 


Digestive Disorders such as IBS and GERD
IBD – Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
Eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions
Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Type 2 Diabetes and Fatty liver disease
Hormone Balance
Liver and Heart Health 
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Instagram: @eatwellnovascotia 

Jennifer Stewart

Founder, JAS Potential

International Motivational Speaker, Toastmaster Extraordinaire, Emcee & Keynote Speaker, Weekly Radio Podcast Host, Energy Practitioner and founder of JAS Potential (est 2011) and Find Your Sparkle brand (est 2015).

When it comes to Sparkle, Jennifer has found it! Her passionate, energetic personality is who she is, but Jennifer has experienced life, knows that life happens.

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Jennifer knows firsthand that life is an ever-changing kaleidoscope of adventures good and bad. Jennifer understands Sparkle is a choice, to be valued and that effort is required to keep it.

Jennifer has been inspiring audiences for decades! Her real-life experiences shared in her charismatic way enrich her narratives; she humbly claims to be “perfectly imperfect” empowering those she meets to feel safe and unjudged. Her life experiences have inspired her to help others not only recover from traumatic overwhelming life events but also to move forward with tools and strategies to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Her radio show/podcast, Find Your Sparkle with Jen, has been inspiring, influencing and impacting listeners since 2017. Jennifer is a great listener, interested, open minded & intuitive. She lets her instincts navigate her guests to share their stories in a safe and non-judgemental way. She is a firm believer that an experience shared is a valuable healing tool and is an enlightening conduit for others.

Her most recent passion has been energy work where she has become a Certified Emotion Code Practitioner. She has found this has become an integral part and a perfect complement to her coaching practice. Jennifer would be excited and honored to help you or someone you know release and clear emotional baggage that weighs you/them down. This energy does not serve us. She believes we all deserve a life that feels lighter and is in alignment with who we truly are. She inspires others to imagine and have hope for a life without extra ‘baggage;’ to imagine and have hope to feel truly alive, grounded with a sense of peace!

Jennifer’s mission in life is to help people improve and enhance their quality of life by finding their authentic self. Throughout her career she has worked closely with individuals from all levels of society and developed a dynamic network of healers and inspirational leaders.

Joe Grondin, Distinguished Toastmaster and Accredited Speaker, says:

‘Jennifer is a presenter you will want to hire! She can engage her audience from start to finish with her positive aura that inspires and energizes. She motivates people to open their minds, opening doors to new possibilities allowing them to be the best version of themselves. It is obvious Jennifer works hard for her audiences. She is always well-prepared showing tremendous respect to all who have the privilege to hear her speak. You will not regret hiring her!’

Jennifer offers a variety of webinars & programs, workshops, coaching, energy work & audio book; Jennifer is committed to help you Find Your Sparkle so you can live a life with more purpose, passion, joy, love, peace & Sparkle!

Jennifer spent more than 20 years working in government, hospitality and non-profits where she excelled in leading and inspiring employees and peers. Her formal education includes; a Diploma in Adult Education (St Xavier University), a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Mount Saint Vincent University), a Management Development Diploma (Seneca College), Certified Coach Practitioner, Certified Emotion Code Practitioner and Reiki Master. She enjoys learning, growing and improving and is continuously upgrading her skills, working with coaches and mentors, and expanding her knowledge base and exploring new ideas and concepts.

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Jaime B. Jenkins

Neuropsychologist and Well-being Coach, Loaf Farms

What does it take for an individual, a community, or an organization to Flourish? 
Answering this question has been the central driving force of Jaime B. Jenkins’ career for over 15 years.

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Combining her experience with formal education in Positive Psychology and Neuroscience, Jaime brings a unique perspective to all that she works with. She lives with her husband, two young daughters, and a not so young ‘puppy at heart’ on a homestead in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. She has previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Make Music Matter and is passionate about the use of music as a tool for healing, peace, and development. She has worked extensively all over the world and believes that everyone should be supported in being the best possible version of themselves. She loves a good cup of coffee and conversation so don’t hesitate to reach out to her! She can be found online in the following places:

Instagram: @practicallyawesome

TikTok: @mindgardening101




Roger Sinclair

Partner, SBW Wealth Management


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Kim Kraushar

Breath By Design

Kim Kraushar is an insatiable body nerd, a wife and mom, co-owner of two incredible day spas in Halifax, Nova Scotia called Interlude Spas, a program creator, fitness trainer and presenter for a global Mindful Movement company called Merrithew and the creator of a comprehensive, experiential breath-training course called Breath By Design.

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She presents throughout North America and internationally at conferences and trade events and is a featured instructor in over 20 workout videos.