Chris Hornberger was a speaker at the national Employment Now! Diversity Planning for Inclusive Employment Conference conference hosted by the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) in St. John’s, NL on October 6 & 7, 2008. Chris’ presentation, Seizing the Opportunity for an Inclusive Workplace, focused on the strategic issues to be considered in developing a national employment strategy for job seekers with disabilities.

The CCRW is a network of organizations and individuals that provides leadership in programs and services for job seekers with disabilities and businesses committed to equity and inclusion. Additional information about the CCRW can be found at

Download a copy of Chris Hornberger’s presentation: Seizing the Opportunity for an Inclusive Workplace


September 2008

Partner Peter Milley has been invited to join the Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity. The mandate of the Council is to promote dialogue on the generation, transmission and distribution of clean, affordable and reliable electricity in Ontario; promote the understanding of the full range of available solutions and encourage a thorough review of the best available technologies on generation and emissions control; and encourage and promote ongoing independent research into policies and technologies to promote clean, affordable and reliable electricity.

The Council convenes conferences focused on issues related to electricity generation, transmission and distribution, including a recent conference on “Biomass and Energy for the Great Lakes Economy” held in Kingston in June and a conference on “Distributed Generation and The Future of Ontario’s Electricity Grid” which will be held in Waterloo October 26th – 27th, 2008.

Additional information about the Council can be found on their website at



Peter Milley is a guest speaker at the 69th Annual Convention of the Maritime Lumber Bureau which is being held at the Harbourfront Marriott Hotel in Halifax, June 4 – 6th, 2008. Mr. Milley’s presentation examines biomass challenges and opportunities for the forest products sector.

The Maritime Lumber Bureau is the leading lumber industry association in Atlantic Canada. The Bureau is an accredited quality control agency to which authority for the application of specified standards has been extended by the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board, the American Lumber Standards Committee Inc., the British Standards Institute, and the Japanese Ministry of Construction.
Additional information about the MLB can be found at

Download a copy of Peter Milley’s presentation: Biomass Technologies & Trends – Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing Forest Sector



Halifax Global partner Chris Hornberger officially became a Certified Management Consultant at the CMC-Atlantic Canada 25th Annual Awards dinner in Halifax on Sunday evening. In addition, Chris received the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Gold Medal Award for achieving the highest marks in Canada on the comprehensive examination that constitutes one of the final and most significant steps in achieving the CMC designation. Chris was also recognised for attaining the National Honour Roll and for achieving the highest mark on the comprehensive exam in Atlantic Canada, for which she was awarded the John Turner Memorial Award.


Shown presenting Chis with her awards are: Ken Davies, Chair, CMC-Canada;Catherine Decarie, Vice President, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex; Chris Hornberger, CMC, Partner, Halifax Global Inc.; Heather Osler, CEO, CMC-Canada; Todd Williams, President, CMC-Atlantic Canada

Shown presenting Chis with her awards are: Ken Davies, Chair, CMC-Canada;Catherine Decarie, Vice President, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex; Chris Hornberger, CMC, Partner, Halifax Global Inc.; Heather Osler, CEO, CMC-Canada; Todd Williams, President, CMC-Atlantic Canada

In recognition of Chris’s achievements, CMC-Canada has issued the following news release.



Chris Hornberger and Peter Milley presented a session titled “Strategy Development in Complex Community Environments – Best Practices in Multi-Stakeholder Planning ” at the joint CMC-Canada, CIPS and IIBA Professional Development Summit in Halifax. The Summit was held at the Waterfront Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.

This session explored approaches to uncovering the nature and complexity of relationships between and among stakeholders, and how this information leads to building a set of related strategies that collectively address the stakeholder requirements. The session also discussed the importance of achieving alignment between the strategies, and the supporting operations and capacities, and the people, skills and capabilities needed to deliver successfully on the plan.

Download a PDF of the session presentation: Strategy Development in Complex Community Environments – Best Practices in Multi-Stakeholder Planning


March 2008

The partners of Halifax Global Inc. are pleased to announce that we have recently become a member of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME). As Canada’s largest trade and industry association, CME promotes the continuous improvement of Canadian manufacturing and exporting through engagement of government at all levels. Its mandate is to promote the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers and enable the success of Canadian goods and services exporters in markets around the world.

As Halifax Global seeks opportunities outside Canada, we will look to enhance our export readiness through programs and information provided by CME.

To learn more about CME please visit their website:



Peter Milley was the opening keynote speaker at the 21st Annual Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference, held February 19th, 2008 at the Kemptville, ON Campus of the University of Guelph. The conference brings together 250 – 300 woodlot owners and operators as well as organizations and individuals involved in sustainable forest management from across Eastern Ontario. Mr. Milley’s presentation examines global trends in the forest sector in the context of their implications for woodlot operators, and highlights interesting future product and market directions and opportunities.

Download a PDF of the presentation – 2008 Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference



Pursuing her many and varied interests with passion and a bottomless well of energy, Halifax Global’s Chris Hornberger has become a vital part of the local community.

by Mark Bolton SPECIAL

‘AND THE WINNER of the 16th Annual Bowling for Critters Bowling Tournament is Cujo! Could Cujo please come forward and collect his award!” an excited Chris Hornberger shouts over the very loud speakers at Fairlanes Bowling Centre.

The bowlers sitting close to the speakers rub their ears and hope Cujo appears before the announcement is repeated.
A black and white Staffordshire terrier makes its way to Ms. Hornberger, who stands with loaded microphone in hand. The audience brace themselves as Ms. Hornberger unleashes a torrent of praise in the direction of the oblivious canine.

Those who don’t know Ms. Hornberger might be forgiven for assuming she is just another crazed animal fanatic who has somehow gained control of the microphone. The rest of the people at the event know Ms. Hornberger to be a strong advocate of animal welfare, a hardworking president of the Bide Awhile Animal Shelter and a partner at Halifax Global Inc., a successful local management consulting firm she runs with her husband, Peter Milley, and colleague Andy Cutten.

When away from animals and microphones, it is pleasant to speak with Ms. Hornberger. She’s well-spoken and has a subtle charisma that serves her well in the competitive world of management consulting where she has worked on projects ranging from the Halifax Region Immigration Strategy to developing a business plan and financial model for NSCAD University’s planned Innovation Centre and an asset mapping project for Nova Scotia’s life sciences industry.

The work is rewarding, she says, but so are her volunteer efforts with groups like the Bide Awhile Animal Shelter, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Halifax’s NovaKnowledge, the Speakers Club of Toronto and the U.S. Literacy Society.

“I learned more as a volunteer I think than I ever did on a job. . . . You learn a lot about managing people, about buying product, about communication and about what motivates people to volunteer. I learned all kinds of great stuff as a volunteer that I would never have learned as an employee.”

The groups Ms. Hornberger has assisted are diverse. Yet with each one she seems to have thrown herself in so completely that she often ends up running the show. A perfect example is her involvement with NovaKnowledge, a Halifax think-tank pushing a knowledge-driven agenda for the province.

“(Ms. Hornberger) has done everything. She’s been on the council, she’s sold membership, the last task was helping with the five-year strategic plan and she was outstanding,” said Tim Outhit, the group’s chief executive officer.
Ms. Hornberger and husband Peter also managed NovaKnowledge’s Call to Action project that brought issues such as immigration and lifelong learning to the attention of the community.

Community service has been a big focus of her life since the early 1980s when she was working as a manager in an Ontario government agency.

The first charity she became involved with was the Toronto chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Asked to join the group by a friend who had a suffering parent, she took the bull by the horns and before she knew it she was managing 2,000 people in one of the group’s major projects. In her first year at the helm of the Carnation Campaign they raised $29,000. Two years later, under her leadership, profits for the same campaign rose to $250,000.

It was when volunteering with the MS Society that Ms. Hornberger had her first taste of working with Peter.
“When I was on the board, I actually recruited Peter and I swore I would never work with him again, and here we are,” she says.
Ms. Hornberger joined forces with her husband and Mr. Cutten in 2003 to form Halifax Global. They were driven by a desire to grow a business and combine complementary skills. “Andy (Cutten) comes from a financial background, Peter is a strategist and market researcher and my background is in operations. So we have a broad range of experience we can bring to any client. That’s really what makes the partnership work.”

On a personal level, Ms. Hornberger enjoys working closely with her husband but admits it is not without challenges.
“Until we started seriously working together, it was pretty easy to have our own lives. Now we work together on projects occasionally, we also have to run a business together, it’s more difficult. . . . We’ve tried to make rules — we’re not talking about the business after 8 o’clock at night. It never really works.

“The plus side is you really do have a lot of common understanding and appreciation for what the other person is going through. There are times when one of us will have to work through the weekend. You just appreciate that’s what’s going on. You understand it’s not a big deal because you know that’s what you need to do.”

As well as her responsibilities as president of Bide Awhile and running Halifax Global, Ms. Hornberger is completing accreditation as a Certified Management Consultant. In a handwritten note from the president and CEO of CMC-Canada, Ms. Hornberger was recently informed she will receive the TD Meloche Monnex Gold Medal Award for scoring the highest mark in Canada on her certification paper.

Ms. Hornberger seems to be a testament to giving and receiving. All the effort she puts into the local community continues to be repaid in kind. And Halifax has fully embraced this woman from Ontario.

“Once you’re part of the (Halifax) business community it’s like you have a home and it feels like it is home. But like home, if you do anything wrong everyone is going to know about it. So I don’t know what to do about that besides not doing anything wrong.”

Mark Bolton is a freelance writer in Halifax.
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