About the Legacy Project

The Legacy Project was established in 2017 by the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame Laureates and JA Nova Scotia to commemorate the Laureates and their contributions to Nova Scotia’s economy and business landscape. In 2021, the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame inducted the 100th Laureate, Viola Desmond.

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Vision and Mission

To engage and inspire Nova Scotians and the world with the stories and the history of Nova Scotian business leaders through the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame Laureates – titans of industry, business, and entrepreneurship.

Project Objective

Establish a highly visible, publicly accessible, permanent, and curated portrait gallery, and a contemporary, interactive and engaging digital strategy.

Media Wall

The media wall installation is an interactive audio/video wall, fully integrated into the architecture of the atrium space of the Halifax Convention Centre. Laureate content is accessible through touch screen navigation.

“We're proud to be home to the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame digital experience, which engages our visiting delegates and inspires them to build connections with our local community.”
— Halifax Convention Centre (2018)

Digital Archive

The digital archive is a repository for the historical content and features collected in the process of creating the Media Wall and Portrait Gallery. The archival website is searchable by Laureate and contains portraits, biographies, pictures, video, and news articles.

"We are thrilled to have this extended educational resource available to the public and specifically accessible to youth who wish to learn about our business history in Nova Scotia and the industries and professions our business leaders and entrepreneurs have significantly contributed to."
— JA Nova Scotia
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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are very important values for the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame and Legacy Project. Laureates serve as role models and mentors to youth represented by all equity seeking groups including African Nova Scotian, Indigenous, new Canadians, and youth at-risk due to socio-economic circumstances.


The Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame can induct posthumous candidates to the Hall every year, which may include those overlooked by systemic barriers. Posthumous inductees bring visibility and recognition to overlooked contributors to Nova Scotia’s Business History.


The Nominating and Judging committees have clear terms of reference and are accountable to the JA Nova Scotia Board of Directors and broader Laureate community. The processes and leadership serving the induction of Laureate potentials have prioritized the consideration of more new Canadians, more women, more African Nova Scotians, Acadians, Indigenous peoples, and differently abled individuals, as well as different forms of business and entrepreneurship, such as innovative business models, creative industry, and social purposes businesses.