Scenario Sessions

The Harris Centre is launching a special series of Scenario Sessions in partnership with the Emera Innovation Exchange to explore the impacts of COVID-19 on the NL economy, and delve into the challenges and the opportunities facing firms, workers and sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In each webcast session, Dr. Rob Greenwood will speak to local experts related to specific sectors and industries in Newfoundland and Labrador and discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on the province’s economy in the short and medium term, and what longer-term impacts might mean for us.

Questions from the public can be sent in advance of the session and there may be additional time for live questions from audience at the end of each session. Questions can be submitted to

Episode 1: Businesses

For the first session, we focused broadly on small and medium-sized businesses.

Kay Riggs (VP, Dynamic Air Shelters) and Dr. Tom Cooper (Memorial's Faculty of Business Administration) discussed how local businesses were responding to the global COVID-19 crisis, and what the lockdown meant for the future of the NL economy. THey considered questions such as: How are businesses pivoting, innovating, and adapting? What challenges lie ahead? What should we be focusing on to ensure the survival of local businesses? What opportunities exist?

Watch the Recorded Session Here

Episode 2: Tourism 

For our second session, we looked at the impact of COVID-19 on NL's tourism industry.

Zita Cobb (Founder and CEO, Shorefast Foundation) and Cathy Duke (CEO, Destination St. John's) joined Dr. Greenwood to discuss how the province's tourism industry was mitigating the impact of the pandemic, and how best the industry could apply innovative adaptations. They considered questions such as: What challenges are being faced by those in the tourism industry? What can citizens and government do to help? 

Watch the Recorded Session Here

Episode 3: Mining

For our third session, we looked at the way the NL mining industry was responding to the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown.

We spoke with Dr. Derek Wilton (Honorary Research Professor, Earth Sciences, Memorial) and Ed Moriarity (Executive Director, Mining Industry NL) about the ways the indistry avoided a shut down, by implementing additional worker safety measures, amongst other things. Questions included: What opportunities for economic stability does the mining sector present in NL? What challenges lie ahead?

Watch the Recorded Session Here

Episode 4: Clean Growth

In this fourth episode, we spoke with Ashley Smith (Managing Director, Fundamental Inc.) and Robert Woolgar (President and CEO, Growler Energy) about how 'green technology' will play a role in the economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions included: What are NL's strengths? What opportunities and challenges does the current health and fiscal crisis present for the development and application of clean technology throughout our economy? What efforts are needed now, to ensure we can capitalize on the opportunities going forward?

Watch the Recorded Session Here

Episode 5: Fishery and Aquaculture 

A key driver of the rural economy in Newfoundland and Labrador, the fishing and aquaculture industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, from the impacts and instability it has had on the global market, to the health and safety measures for workers. We spoke with Kevin Anderson (Head, School of Fisheries, Marine Institute) and Laura Halfyard (General Manager, Connaigre Fish Farms Inc.) about how the industry is adjusting to stay afloat. Questions included: What role will the fishery play in the economic recovery in the coming years? What can or should be done to ensure the stability and strength of this key industry in the future?

Coming Soon! Click here to attend the July 9th event. 


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