Msit no’kmaq

2019 | Cape Breton University 

On behalf of the Shannon School of Business and Cape Breton University, we look forward to welcoming you to the 49th Atlantic Schools of Business Conference (ASB) hosted by the Cape Breton University.

During the past year, we have been busy planning what we hope will be both an excellent conference for colleagues to share your ideas, your work and your research combined with events which will showcase the cultures of Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island).

The theme for this year’s conference is Msit No’Kmaq (Honoring all my relations) which is particularly appropriate for a meeting at the Shannon School of Business, a place and space where we’re all about relationships. Our relationships with communities and businesses sustain us, and therefore we will showcase many local partnerships throughout the weekend, starting with a reception in Membertou, presenting music and locally made and sourced products, and a journey into the Eighteenth Century for dinner and a celebration at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Park. We hope to inspire you to reflect on your own relationships whether it be with peers, vendors, communities, or environments.

Although we can’t show you everything in a few short days, we have done our best to pack some of the Cape Breton Island magic into our agenda and schedule of events. While you are here, we also encourage you to sample the food and take in the beautiful views of Cape Breton Island. Cape Breton has been ranked as Canada’s top island travel destination for the second year by Travel + Leisure Magazine. It is also on the list of the world’s top 10 island destinations.

Thank you for the generous support of time and effort from the ASB Executive Committee and SSOB Planning Committee and network of Track Chairs and reviewers. We are almost ready, we hope you are too.

Wela’lin, Thank You, Merci., Tapadh leibh,

Mary Jane and Mary Beth

Important Dates



August 16

Last day to register at lower rate

August 23

Last day to submit papers

August 30

Last day to book the Hampton Inn at the conference rate

August 30

Last day to register for Doctoral Consortium

September 27

Start of 49th ASB Conference

September 27

Doctoral Consortium

September 29

Close of the conference

Companion Rate
Symposium Only
Students & Retired Faculty



Hampton Inn by Hilton





Mary Beth Doucette
ASB Conference Co-Chair



Mary Jane Morrison
ASB Conference Co-Chair



Keynote Speakers


Senator Dan Christmas

Senator Dan Christmas

Mr. Christmas has served in various leadership positions in the Mi’kmaw Nation of Nova Scotia. After serving five years as the Band Manager for the Community of Membertou, Mr. Christmas worked for the Union of Nova Scotia Indians for 15 years - the last 10 as its Director. He was actively involved in the recognition and implementation of Mi’kmaw aboriginal and treaty rights in Nova Scotia. From 1997 to 2016, Mr. Christmas held the position as Senior Advisor with Membertou and had assisted the Chief and Council and its Management Team with the day-to-day operations of the Community of Membertou. Dan also served as elected councilor for Membertou for 18 years.

Mr. Christmas has been active in a number of international, national, provincial and local agencies in a wide range of fields including aboriginal & treaty rights, justice, policing, education, health care, human rights, adult training, business development and the environment.

In 2005, Mr. Christmas was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University and an honorary diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2016. In 2008, he was the recipient of the National Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Award from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada.

In December 2016, Mr. Christmas was sworn in as an Independent Senator for Nova Scotia. Senator Christmas is the first Mi’kmaw senator to be appointed to the Senate of Canada.

Mr. Bergman is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC). He was previously the Director of the Economics & Statistics Division, Nova Scotia Department of Finance. Mr. Bergman is an expert in sourcing business statistics and APEC’s lead on economic impact analysis. He authored numerous APEC reports, including a Report Card on Atlantic Indigenous Economic Outcomes and Opportunities and a recent research report Highlighting Successful Atlantic Indigenous Businesses. He provided presentations to the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat and the New Brunswick Indigenous Economic Development Roundtable Preparation Session. He was the Nova Scotia Department of Finance project lead on the First Nations Fuel Tax Settlement Agreement. Mr. Bergman is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie University, a Master of Economics degree from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University.


Track Chairs