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The Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada. This ninth annual program was created by Progress magazine and Best Companies Group. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Atlantic Canada, benefiting the region's economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 31 companies.


“The reason we are on this list is our team, there is none better.” - Krista Connell, NSHRF CEO


To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;

- Be a publicly or privately held business;

- Have a facility in the Atlantic Canada region;

- Have a minimum of 15 employees in the Atlantic Canada region;

- Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Companies from across the region entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Atlantic Canada, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings.

NSHRF will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada awards ceremony coordinated by Progress magazine on June 5 and will be profiled in a special publication by Progress magazine in Vol.22 No.04 (distribution in June).

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Atlantic Canada program, visit www.BestPlacesToWorkAtlantic.com.

The NSHRF is proud to announce that we have been awarded the 2015 Mainstay Award for Small Business by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) of Nova Scotia. This is awarded to a small business (fewer than 20 employees or full-time equivalents) demonstrating an exemplary health and safety program, innovation and proven injury prevention and/or return to work track record.

To learn more about the award, click here

Evidence informed decision-making is a key component of all aspects of the public domain; however, a practical method for generating evidence to inform decisions is not always readily available. The NSHRF presents a four-stage approach to generating evidence, which involves: establishing a work plan and gathering background information; collecting data; synthesizing and summarizing data; and evaluation of the process and its implementation.

The approach, which follows traditional social science research methods, has been used by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation to inform a variety of initiatives and decisions in Nova Scotia. It has proven to be practical and reliable in public sector decision-making. To read more about this approach, click here

The NSHRF is pleased to announce that our 2013-14 Annual Report: Informing Nova Scotians is now available. In this report, we illustrate how the NSHRF and the health researchers we support are addressing areas that will improve the health of Nova Scotians. We do this by working with our stakeholders, including provincial government, health authorities and health researchers on a number of initiatives and funding opportunities. To learn more, click here

The NSHRF is pleased to announce that our CEO, Krista Connell, has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine. Established in 1999, the Top 50 CEO Awards recognizes the accomplishments of Atlantic Canada’s top business leaders and to inspire others to achieve similar success.

To learn more about the Top 50 CEO Awards, including a full list of winners, click here.

Congratulations Krista!

To view our updated list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the NSHRF's new Grants Management System (GMS) platform and Operating Grants, click here

The NSHRF will be moving to a new electronic Grants Management System platform for competitive programs in 2014. 
The development of this new system is in its final stages and will be officially launched no later than February 3, 2014. By February 3, 2014 applicants will be able to access the applications for Development Innovative and Establishment Grants. Potential applicants and team members are encouraged to register now in the new system at gms.nshrf.ca. Detailed user guides will be available shortly.
Application Requirements for the Development Innovative and Establishment Grants will be available no later than January 30, 2014. Potential applicants are encouraged to follow the NSHRF on Twitter as we will Tweet when new materials are available. 
Applicants should note that they will have to re-link their Canada Common CV (CCV) to their NSHRF account by validating the PIN for NSHRF. Applicants should also note that a CCV is required for all academic team members and the PI must ensure that her/his most current CCV is linked to the application in the system. To read the steps to validate the PIN, click here.
If you require assistance through this process or have any questions about the new system, please contact our helpdesk at helpdesk@nshrf.ca or phone 902-424-4043. 

Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan and the Gathering of Spirits Collective are launching the National Consensus Statement on Women, Trans People and Girls and HIV Research in Canada. The Statement includes a number of recommendations to address the complex and diverse, and span across legal, cultural, social, political, and economic needs of women, trans people and girls. To read the Statement, please click here.

Dr. Gahagan is a professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Health and Human Performance. The NSHRF has been a proud supporter of many of her initiatives.

For additional information, please contact:

Kirk Furlotte, Research Manager
Gender and Health Promotion Studies Unit
School of Health and Human Performance
Dalhousie University