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Why participate?

I have ideas and solutions

Innovation and productivity are the drivers of economic growth. They thrive where diverse networks of businesses, ideas, people and organizations interact; consider the Ideas Festival as the collision of the minds that instigates change.

I care about the future of Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada's aging demographic means young people need to increasingly take on positions of leadership in business and government. The need to collaborate has never been greater to build that critical mass required to attract foreign investment, build economies of scale and repatriate our talent.

The world is changing rapidly everyday

The rapid pace of economic and social change, including the rise of developing countries, is forcing us to more effectively stimulate, communicate and apply new ideas. Importantly, there is no consensus around which ideas should be used.


Memo to non-Valley, non-NYC ecosystems: No one you want cares about the cost of living
By Sarah Lacy

Do we need more jerks?
By David Campbell

The Future of Productivity: A Wake-up Call for Canadian Companies (part of Deloitte's Future of Canada series)
By Bill Currie

Local Governance, Part II
By Paul Lang

Lack of Rapport: Why Smart Leaders Fail
By Mark Surrette

The costs of private vehicle dependence in New Brunswick
By Yves Bourgeois

Embracing the F-word: Entrepreneurship and the Art of failure
By Brock Dickinson

Limited access: The costs of private vehicle dependence in New Brunswick
By Yves Bourgeois

Break-out sessions notes

"Do we need more jerks in Atlantic Canada? : A conversation around the entrepreneurial culture in our region

Aim for the dreamers, not the bargain hunters

What circumstances are required to build collaborative transportation systems in Atlantic Canada?


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"I'm attending the Ideas Festival because it's the best event in Canada to get inspired by the collision of diverse informed perspectives on key issues for our region and country. Learning to collaborate across many boundaries is critical for success today and into the future – and the Ideas Festival is an exceptional place to build strong collaboration muscles!"

- Susan Holt, CEO of the New Brunswick Business Council

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