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Michael DeVenney

Peter Moreira

Karn Nichols

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Michael DeVenney

Michael DeVenney is an entrepreneur dedicated to opening minds and creating change. Throughout his career Michael has been lucky enough to be involved in many positive projects, including the Mindset Project, the world’s largest study of entrepreneurs, mental health, and decision-making. He is also the founder of WorkInsights, a Halifax-based consulting firm focused on the intersection between entrepreneurship and wellness.

As a mental health advocate, Michael regularly speaks to diverse audiences about his personal and professional mental health journey with a focus on recovery, hope and the important of prioritizing one’s mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Peter Moreira

Peter Moreira has spent more than 40 years in journalism in Asia, Europe and North America. His postings include London Bureau Chief for The Deal, European banking correspondent for Bloomberg, banking reporter for the South China Morning Post, and a stint at the Canadian Press’s parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. His writing has appeared in USA Today, the Columbia Journalism Review (online), the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, National Post, and the Independent on Sunday (London). He is the author of Hemingway on the China Front (Potomac, 2006) Backwater: Nova Scotia’s Economic Decline (Nimbus 2009), and The Jew Who Defeated Hitler (Prometheus, 2014). His crime fiction series, set in San Francisco in the 1960s, includes The Haight and A Hitman on Haight Street. Peter is a graduate of the Canadian Securities Course.

Karn Nichols

Karn Nichols joined the Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia Division (CMHA NS) as Executive Director in July of 2021. Along with a deep compassion for those facing mental health and addiction issues, she brings with her over 25 years of leadership experience in both the for profit and social impact sectors. She believes the future of work is one that puts humanity at the core of all we do.

Prior to joining CMHA NS, Karn served as VP People Development and Branch Operations for Maritime Travel, Principal of Karn Nichols People Solutions and Board Chair for the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning.