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Work and Play in the Total Zones

2017 | Acadia University

The 47th Annual Atlantic Schools of Business Conference is being hosted this year by the F.C. Manning School of Business Administration, Acadia University (Wolfville, NS) from Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1, 2017.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Work and Play in the Tidal Zones.” The tidal zone is neither sea nor land but is a space combining characteristics of each. With this theme, we hope to encourage submissions representing interdisciplinary work that combines functional areas of business research; business research with other academic fields; or papers whose subject(s) speak to the spaces between what are normatively considered dichotomous concepts (ex. urban-rural, work-family, etc.).

As in previous years, submissions for proceedings papers and presentations or developmental sessions are welcome in either our themed or our standing areas (tracks).

Additionally, this year the planned symposia/workshops include:


  • Business & Sustainability Symposium

  • Business of Development Workshop

  • Grape and Wine Sector Workshop

  • Tidal Energy Workshop

Submissions will be accepted via email to the appropriate Track or Symposium Chair until: August 21st 2017.

Submissions from Canadian scholars should be emailed to the local track chair while international submissions should go to the international track chair. Please use the email subject heading ASB Submission and refer to the style guide at for submission format.


Please save the date and plan to join us.

Jean Helms Mills and Albert Mills,

ASB Co-Presidents

Important Dates


Registration & Important Dates

September 5

Deadline for receipt of paper and symposium submissions

September 20

Deadline for receipt of amended papers

September 29

Start of 47th ASB Conference

October 1

Close of the Conference

Companion – includes Friday evening reception and Saturday dinner
Symposium – includes Symposium, Saturday luncheon and dinner
Registration – includes Friday evening reception; Saturday breakfast, coffee breaks, luncheon and dinner; and Sunday breakfast
Students/Retired Faculty


Donna Sears


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Slumber Inn, New Minas 



  • For other options, please consult,, or – there are lots of interesting properties in Wolfville and surrounding area

  • Transport from Halifax International Airport (approximately 90 minutes by car)

    • Car rental

    • Limo service (

    • Public transportation from Halifax International Airport to Acadia is also available from Maritime Bus ( Cost: $29.50 (one way)

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Robert Greenwood, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Public Engagement and 
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Memorial University

Rob is Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. He is lead on the Public Engagement Framework for the University, which coordinates and supports the University’s collaboration with partners and stakeholders. The Harris Centre’s mandate is to coordinate and facilitate Memorial University’s educational, research and public engagement activities in the areas of regional policy and development. Rob’s Public Engagement responsibilities also include Alumni Affairs, Strategic External Relations, The Battery Facility, the Botanical Gardens and the Newfoundland Quarterly.

Rob has operated his own consulting business and has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. He was Vice President, Corporate Development, Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National Research Council of Canada.

In Saskatchewan, he led the development of the provincial economic strategy. In Newfoundland and Labrador, he was Director of Research and Principal Author of the 1995 Report of the Newfoundland Task Force on Community Economic Development, entitled Community Matters: The New Regional Economic Development. He then led the process to establish Regional Economic Development Boards in 20 Economic Zones, based upon the recommendations of the Task Force. Rob also led the development and co-authored A Strategy for Small-Scale Manufacturing in Newfoundland and Labrador, which was launched in 1999.

Rob holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick, England, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar and an Institute of Social and Economic Research Doctoral Fellow. He was Newfoundland’s representative on the International Advisory Board of the North Atlantic Islands Program and co-edited Competing Strategies of Socio-Economic Development for Small Islands, published in 1998. He was also co-editor of Remote Control: Lessons in Governance for and from Small, Insular and Remote Regions, published in 2009. He has taught, consulted, published and presented extensively on community economic and regional development, strategic economic planning, sectoral and cluster development, public engagement and knowledge mobilization.

Track Chairs

Track Chairs

Doctoral & Early Career Consortium

Doctoral & Early Career Consortium

Congratulations on a successful dissertation defence! But now what?


This year’s Doctoral Consortium is focused on the joys and hazards of transitioning into fulltime employment in academia. The topics and discussions presented are designed to get you thinking about the choices you will need to make in the crucial first five years. Topics by those who have recently experienced their first five years include research, thoughts and reflections on:

  • how to (and how not to) negotiate your first position’s salary, teaching load, and service expectations;

  • how to set up a research program;

  • how to ‘market’ yourself and your research.


Presenters and Discussants:

Gabrielle (Gabie) Durepos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Business and Tourism, at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, where in her teaching she specializes in management and her research focuses on management and organizational history. Gabrielle's co-authored book: ANTi-History: Theorizing the Past, History, and Historiography in Management and Organization Studies, develops a critical organizational history to reveal the role of history in liberationary politics. She is a coeditor of both the Sage Encyclopedia of Case Study Research as well as the SAGE Major Work on Case Study Methods in Business Research. Gabrielle's most recent publications appear in Management & Organizational History, Journal of Management History, Critical Perspectives on International Business, and Organization.

John Fiset is an Assistant Professor in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Fiset received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in management from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in 2014. His research focuses on the impact of various leadership behaviours on workplace health and safety outcomes, language issues at work, and inter-group cohesion dynamics. His research has been published in the Journal of Management and Team Performance Management in addition to book chapters and numerous academic conferences.

Amy Thurlow’s research interests focus on the areas of identity construction, critical historiography and organizational communication. Grounded in an approach of critical theory, Amy’s work has looked at the impact of communication on organizational change strategies, the role of power and legitimation in the construction of organizational and individual identities, and the relationship between history and theory in understandings of knowledge production. Amy is the principal investigator in a research partnership with the Canadian Public Relations Society titled the GAP (Generally Accepted Practices) VIII Canadian study. This research will contribute to an international study of generally accepted practices of public relations in Canada, the United States and five international partner nations.

Terrance Weatherbee is a Professor of Management at the F.C. Manning School of Business at Acadia University in Wolfville. Currently, he holds the Manning Chair in Business and his teaching is primarily in organizational theory and research methods. His research is critical in focus, centered on the historiography and sociology of management thought. He regularly presents at conferences and his research has been published in numerous articles, chapters and texts.



Marijuana Legalization


The symposium will be led by Paul Seaborn, Assistant Professor at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver. Prof. Seaborn’s research interests focus on business-government issues and he has developed extensive expertise in Colorado’s emerging marijuana industry. In 2014, he published one of the first academic teaching case on the marijuana industry in Case Research Journal, “Medical Marijuana Industry Group: Outdoor Advertising in Denver” and in Spring 2017, he taught the first ever “Business of Marijuana” course at Daniels and at any AACSB-accredited business school. Prior to joining Daniels in 2011, Prof. Seaborn completed his doctoral studies in Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He worked eight years as a consultant for Mercer Management Consulting (now known as Oliver Wyman) and IBM Global Services. He holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with Business from Acadia University.

Prof. Seaborn will be joined by Prof. Andrew Davis, Assistant Professor of Economics at Acadia University who is currently involved in research projects in the medical marijuana industry, as well as a participant (TBD) from a company currently operating in Nova Scotia’s medical marijuana industry. In addition to remarks from these three panelists, considerable time will be allocated to an open discussion with symposium attendees.


The Business of Development: Intersections of Higher Education and Economic Development in Atlantic Canada

Universities are increasingly called upon to contribute toward economic development, and yet universities are relative newcomers to this business.

This symposium will consider the ways that Atlantic Canadian business schools, and universities in general, can engage with the on-going business of regional/community economic development. The session will begin with a brief arm-chair discussion about the current state of economic development organizing in Atlantic Canada. Panelists will share their perspectives on economic development as policy, practice, profession, and as an organizational field in Atlantic Canada. They will discuss the ways that universities across the region have been engaged in teaching, research, and service, related to economic development. Following an open discussion with the panelists, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in small group discussions to consider the ways that universities and communities might collaborate to advance the business of development in Atlantic Canada.


The symposium will be moderated by Ryan MacNeil, a tenure-track lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at Acadia University and former economic development professional and consultant. Prof. MacNeil holds a Masters degree in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo, a professional designation (EcD) from the Economic Developers Association of Canada, and is currently completing his PhD at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University.


David Emerson is President of the Economic Developers’ Association of Canada and Senior Director of Government Relations for the University of New Brunswick. David is a graduate of Ryerson University's Urban and Regional Planning program and holds a professional designation—at the fellowship level— with the Economic Developers Association of Canada.

Dr. Rob Greenwood is Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. He has previously served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. Rob holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick, England and has taught, consulted, published, and presented extensively on community and regional economic development.

George Karaphillis is Dean of the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University. Prior to his appointed as Dean, George spend over 10 years as the Director of the Shannon School’s MBA program in Community Economic Development. This unique MBA program is delivered on-campus at CBU and across Canada, including in the North. George’s current research is focused on the social economy, sustainability, and social economy finance.

Student Case Competition

Student Case Competition

The student business case competition attracts students from most universities in the Maritime provinces. Teams of 2-4 students are generally given 3 hours to create a response to present to a panel of judges. The judges most often are non-academics and in some cases are the representatives of the business the case is about.




Program & Proceedings
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