Deputy Mayor HRM
Tracey Jones-Grant grew up and obtained her schooling in Halifax, graduating from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1984 and a Masters of Library Sciences at Dalhousie in 1986. The daughter of Joan and Burnley “Rocky” Jones, Tracey grew up at the height of the efforts to define Black identity and fight for civil rights. Tracey has worked in the area of diversity from being the Diversity Manager for Halifax Public Libraries to coordinator of Diversity Management for the Halifax Regional School board to most recently as the Manager, Diversity and Inclusion for the Halifax Regional Municipality in the newly created Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Panel description: This session will explore reconciliation from a municipal perspective. With representation from councilors and public servants, this panel will examine how Halifax has been moving forward with reconciliation, including discussions around successes, challenges, and current initiatives.
Head of Government Relations and External Affairs, HRM
Waye Mason is an activist, entrepreneur and educator and municipal Councillor. First elected to Halifax Regional Council in 2012, re-elected in 2016, he is known for his “social media savvy and relentless constituency work.” (Halifax Magazine)
Waye has grown businesses, led member organizations and developed the arts and culture sector in Nova Scotia for over two decades. His career in the music industry spanned artist development to live event production, and he has become a well-known business and strategic consultant both inside and outside the cultural sector.
He founded and was Executive Director of the Halifax Pop Explosion Association from 2001 to 2010, and was an instructor in Music Business at the Nova Scotia Community College from 2007 to 2012. He has been involved with several community organizations, including the Gottingen Street Merchants Association, Khyber Arts Society, Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia, and as long-serving member and past-President of Music Nova Scotia.
As Councillor, he currently serves as Chair of Halifax’s Community Planning and Economic Development standing committee and as a Police Commissioner, as well as being a member of several other boards and committees.
Waye holds a Master of Business Administration at Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, and a Community College Education Diploma from NSCC. Born and raised in Dartmouth, Waye lives in Halifax with his wife and two children.
Wyatt White was recently appointed as Advisor, for Indigenous Community Engagement in HRM’s Human Resources, Office of Diversity & Inclusion team.
Wyatt previously worked for the Government of Nova Scotia where he served as the Director of the Mi’kmaq Services Division, as part of the Education and Early Childhood Development, Student Equity and Support Services Branch.
In his new role, Wyatt will lead the development of a framework for Indigenous peoples living in the municipality and support the creation of internal education programs and advisory services to build employee proficiency in understanding and working with Indigenous peoples.
Wyatt is originally from the Listuguj First Nation which is a Mi’gmaq community in the northern part of Mi’kmaw territory in the Gaspe region of Quebec and has called Halifax home since 2002.
Diversity Manager, Halifax Regional Municipality
Shawn is a husband, a father, an entrepreneur and an educator, living on Quinpool Road.
He is from a family of entrepreneurs and has worked on and advised many start-ups. He is a business professor at Mount Saint Vincent University and has taught courses on entrepreneurship and management at Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, Acadia, and NSCC.
Before teaching, Shawn was a policy analyst for some of Canada’s most prominent political figures. When Joe Clark was preparing another run for Prime Minister in 1998 and 1999, Shawn managed his research team. Later, Shawn worked as an advisorto Nova Scotia Education Minister, Jane Purves.
Shawn loves big ideas. He’s organized TEDx conferences at Mount Saint Vincent in 2015, 2016, and 2017, putting dynamic speakers on stage ranging from Atlantic Canada’s first Mi’kmaq independent film producer to Halifax’s Chief of Police, a former finance minister, an urban planner, and leaders in the charitable sector. Shawn was on the Halifax Library Board for three years and helped put the business case together that made our new Central Library a reality.
And Shawn loves Halifax. He walks and bikes to work everyday and tends a big vegetable garden in his front lawn. He loves the lifestyle here in District 9 and wants to protect what’s great and fix what’s broken. He’s a leader who can find solutions and turn them into reality.
Maggie MacDonald works for the Halifax Regional Municipality and currently heads the Government Relations and External Affairs (GREA) division. GREA houses the economic development, policy, and intergovernmental affairs functions of the municipality. For a time GREA also held the municipality’s African Nova Scotian Integration and Diversity and Inclusion portfolios. Among other files, she has been working on the Committee on the Commemoration of Edward Cornwallis and the Commemoration and Recognition of Indigenous History. Prior to working for the municipality Maggie worked with the Nova Scotia provincial government in consumer protection and business programs leading some provincial consumer protection functions including regulations on payday lenders and petroleum products pricing. Maggie started her career as a policy analyst with the Halifax Chamber of Commerce working in economic development.
Maggie earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of King’s College, Halifax with a major in economics and she holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University in Montréal.
In her spare time, Maggie sings with a local choir and volunteers as a director on the board of the Wee Care Centre, a non-profit day care for children with special needs and typically developing children.
Advisor, Indigenous Community Engagement
Human Resources, HRM Office of Diversity & Inclusion