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EP308: Jeff Larsen on Ecosystems

Welcome to Season 3 of Connected Intelligence - a podcast about all the things we bring to work that aren’t actually about the work.


Jeff is the Assistant VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is also the Site Lead for Creative Destruction Lab – Atlantic.


Prior to his role at Dalhousie, he practiced law in Halifax at McInnes Cooper, and in Toronto with both Fasken Martineau and CIBC. He taught law at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and the University of Malawi. He has also held senior positions in the investment sector as VP and General Counsel of Halifax-based Clarke Inc. and as Executive Director of Business Management and Chief Compliance Officer with CIBC Asset Management in Toronto.


Jeff is the co-founder of Seaforth Energy, Watts Wind and Katalyst Wind. Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of DSME Trenton Inc. as well as other private and TSX-listed public companies. He remains active in his community as a volunteer, dividing his time between Halifax and the beach at Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.


Jeff is kind, supportive, imaginative – but most importantly, he is an incredible community-builder and friend. We discuss his leadership philosophy, the innovation strategy in Atlantic Canada, and the intersection between high-performance sports and entrepreneurship.





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