Responsive Devices
Open Data App Contest As part of the Open Data Pilot Project, HRM is launching Apps4Halifax to encourage the meaningful and productive use of the released datasets to improve citizen engagement and enhance transparency. The contest seeks to reward both citizens and developers with some great prizes.


Councillor Lorelei Nicoll

District 4 - Cole Harbour - Westphal

Lorelei Nicoll was elected to Halifax Regional Council in October 2008, representing District 4 Cole Harbour and re-elected in October 2012 to represent District 4.

Lorelei has a genuine interest in the well-being of her community and its residents. She believes that listening to people and working together can bring great results, a philosophy she brings to the job as Councillor for District 4.

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Councillor Matt Whitman

District 13 - Hammonds Plains - St. Margarets

Councillor Whitman is a member of the following Boards and Committees: Appeals Committee (Chair), Executive Standing Committee, Grant Committee, St. Margaret’s Bay Coastal PAC, Halifax Regional Library Board.

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Councillor Linda Mosher

District 9 - Armdale - Peninsula West

Linda has lived in Halifax most of her life. Linda and her husband Graeme currently reside in Armdale.

Prior to entering politics, Linda acquired 16 years sales and marketing experience primarily in the health care industry where she managed and implemented health care boards and initiatives. Upon election to Municipal Council in 2000, Linda left her career in the health care industry to devote her efforts full time to represent the constituents of her district.

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Gregory P. Keefe

Director, Finance and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)

Greg Keefe was appointed to his current position with the HRM in January 2012. Before joining the HRM, he spent 35 years with the Province, holding such positions as Head of the Public Service, Deputy to the Premier, Deputy of Treasury Board and Deputy of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

Also in his 35 years of service with the province, Mr. Keefe has been the executive director of program management and corporate services for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and an auditor with the Provincial Tax Commission. He also held positions with the Nova Scotia Business Registry Project, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles and Provincial Tax Commissioner.

Mr. Keefe has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, and is also a certified management accountant. He is married with two children and resides in Dartmouth.

Donna Davis

Chief Information Officer (CIO), Finance and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)

Donna has worked for HRM for 25 years in a variety of professional and management positions. She began her career as an urban planner with the former Town of Bedford. Since amalgamation of HRM in 1996, she has held various management positions in planning & development, information management, and information technology.

She holds a BA (Honours) degree in Geography from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Science Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto.

Dawn Umlah

Investment Manager at Innovacorp

Dawn Umlah is an investment manager at Innovacorp, where her focus is on identifying attractive seed and early-stage investment opportunities. She manages all aspects of the investment review, approval and closing cycle, and works hands-on with Innovacorp’s portfolio companies to assist them in accelerating their growth, achieving milestones and securing additional financing.

Prior to joining Innovacorp, Dawn was director of finance at ABM Integrated Solutions and worked for BlackBerry in Waterloo, Ontario, as a finance business partner and senior financial analyst. Before BlackBerry, she worked with DHX Media and Halifax Film in strategic planning and finance roles.

Peter Moreira

Principal at

Peter Moreira spent more than 30 years in journalism in Asia, Europe and North America. He worked with The Deal of New York, covering M&A, private equity and VC markets in the U.S. and Canada for six years and serving four years as London Bureau Chief. At Bloomberg, he covered European and U.K. bankin and finance. He previously worked for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, Knight-Ridder Financial in Hong Kong and Seoul , and the Canadian Press's parliamentary bureau in Ottawa. His writing has appeared in USA Today, the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, National Post, the Chronicle-Herald and the Independent on Sunday (London).

Peter is a graduate of the Canadian Securities Course. He is the author of Hemingway on the China Front (Potomac, 2006) and Backwater: Nova Scotia's Economic Decline (Nimbus 2009). His next book, The Jew Who Defeated Hitler, the story of Henry Morgenthau Jr.’s work in financing the Allied effort in WWII, will be published in autumn 2014.

Kevin McCann

Partner at National Public Relations

Kevin has a web development background and has counselled governments and public institutions at the state, provincial, city, and national levels on digital strategy, citizen engagement, services, social media, diplomacy, public engagement, and digital content.

For over a decade, he has been creating persuasive online campaigns for Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, governments and associations in both the United States and Canada. He cut his teeth as head of development at Grassroots Enterprise in Washington DC (from 2002 to 2010) and went on to lead both the strategic communications and technology offerings for the company. After working closely with major public relations firms on national and international mandates, Kevin moved to Halifax, where he leads digital strategy as Partner in our Atlantic offices.