Kevin Hamm, a native Nova Scotian with extensive market development experience, will lead the new Nova Scotia Gateway Secretariat. Mr. Hamm was appointed after a search for a CEO to advance government’s efforts to create good jobs and grow the economy by making the most of Atlantic Gateway opportunities. He has worked as a senior executive in the telecommunications and retail industries and has been employed by nationally recognized corporations in a number of cities, including Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax. “Kevin’s successful record of building relationships while growing Nova Scotian and national businesses are key assets to making sure Nova Scotia brings a strategic focus to Gateway opportunities, now and in the future,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Unifying the efforts of the many Gateway partners is vital for the Atlantic Gateway to seize new opportunities and create good jobs for families across the province.” Nova Scotia’s proximity to markets, deep, ice-free waters and excellent rail, truck, marine and air connections, position Nova Scotia as a pivotal gateway, with the most reliable route from Europe and South East Asia to key North American markets. “We are very pleased that the province has placed such a high priority on getting this Gateway Secretariat up and running,” said Doug Rose, president and CEO of Halterm Container Terminal Limited. “We look forward to working with Mr. Hamm and his team to capitalize on the development opportunities this Gateway initiative creates for the port business in Halifax and the provincial economy.” The Gateway Secretariat will develop a vision, strategy and growth targets for Nova Scotia’s Gateway initiative; identify challenges and actions to maximize Gateway opportunities; and provide leadership to engage and support co-ordination among Gateway partners. The CEO will also establish the Nova Scotia Gateway Advisory Council to serve as a sounding board for government on Gateway issues and priorities. “We welcome the creation of the Gateway Secretariat and this new government support,” said Joyce Carter, chair of the Halifax Gateway Council. “We look forward to collaborating with Kevin, his team and all partners as we work together to promote Nova Scotia as a preferred Gateway for the movement of goods and people.” Mr. Hamm has served as president and CEO of Downeast Communications, vice-president of operations Atlantic Canada for Shoppers Drug Mart, and general manager/CEO of Phamasave Atlantic. In 2009, Mr. Hamm was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs. His community activities include serving on the board of governors of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Nova Scotia Junior Achievement.