For all of us folks who keep threatening to emigrate to Canada after our candidates lose elsections, I’ve found my furutre home. Halifax, Nova Scotia is a lot like Maine and New Hampshire except the beaches are more pristine, there are no golden arches and the people are incredibly friendly. And, boy do they know how to put on a conference. I’m up here at the IABC Canada conference and I have to say it is one of the best organized and managed conferences at which I’ve had the pleasure of speaking. The first night they fed us lobster, corn on the cob and chocolates, the next night featured great local fare and an hilarious pub crawl through all the best local establishments led by a guy on bag pipes. The speakers gifts are all home-made and include a generous donation in the speakers name to a local charity. Questions from the audience were really good, and of course I always appreciate how many people show up to learn more about measurement.
On a totally different tack, I wish Portsmouth, NH would learn a thing or two from this very big, and very successful port city. The city of Halifax has really done development right. There’s a wonderful boardwalk, a marvelous restored pier building that tells the stories of the millions of immigrants who first set foot on Canadian soil in Pier 21. Best of all there are no ugly condos blocking the view, and the fast food chains like Starbucks are relegated to the malls outside of town.