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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.

Murphy Family Multigenerational Panel

Danny Murphy

  • Born in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
  • Graduated from U.P.E.I. in 1980 and in the same year purchased two Tim Hortons.
  • President of D. P. Murphy Inc. that now operates 19 Tim Horton Restaurants on P.E.I., 5 Wendy’s Restaurants on P.E.I., 10 Wendy’s Restaurants in Montreal, Quebec and 11 Wendy’s Restaurants in the Ontario Market.  D. P. Murphy Inc. also operates 3 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (Charlottetown, Saint John and Fredericton, N.B., Super 8 - Charlottetown, 2 Hampton Inns – (Moncton, N.B. and Sydney, N.S.), Future Inns - Halifax, Four Points by Sheraton – Moncton, Dalvay by the Sea, Leon’s Furniture Store and a Oak Acres Children’s Camp – a summer camp for Island Children.
  • D. P. Murphy Inc. opened the first Wendy’s/Tim Hortons Combo Restaurant in June, 1992 in Montague, PEI.
  • D. P. Murphy Inc. has approximately 2,200 employees.
  • Danny has sat on the National Advisory Board for Tim Hortons and also on the Franchise Advisory Council for Wendy’s Restaurants of Canada for numerous years.
  • Danny Lives with his wife, Martie in Stanhope, P.E.I. and has 6 children – Karen, Laura, Stevie, Will, Dannie and Georgie and three grandchildren

Matthew Cassidy

Coach Atlantic Transportation Group is Atlantic Canada’s leading passenger transportation company having over 150 vehicles in its fleet and operating 7 terminals across the Maritimes. Coach Atlantic services its charter, scheduled line run and municipal public transit operations thanks to a staff of 300 dedicated employees. Matthew’s father, Michael Cassidy, purchased his first motorcoach company in 2005. Since then, 15 additional companies have been started or acquired to grow the company into what it is today…operating under three distinct brands, Coach Atlantic, Maritime Bus and T3 Transit.

In 2014, Matthew joined the company as VP Finance & Taxation, where he looks after financial reporting, capital budgeting, sourcing financing and implementing operational improvements. Matthew earned a BBA from UPEI in 2010, received his CA designation in 2013 and in 2015 completed the CPA Canada’s In-Depth Tax Course. Prior to joining in the family business, he worked for 5 years with the public accounting firm ArsenaultBestCameronEllis.

Trevor Haldenby

Trevor Haldenby is an imaginative futurist who tells new kinds of stories about emerging technologies.

He has presented and performed at TED, the World Future Society Conference, Autodesk University, Merging Media, DIY Days, TEDx OCADU, and the CBC.

He is a graduate of the CFC Media Lab (2004), and OCAD University’s master’s program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation (2013). As interactive producer he has worked on futuristic online projects including the virtual world Habbo Hotel, and Earth Rangers’ Bring Back the Wild eco-crowdfunding platform. He has also collaborated with Autodesk, the National Film Board of Canada, Arup, and Synbiota to tell playful and participatory stories about the future.

In 2012 Trevor founded The Mission Business, a design firm that brings scenarios about the future to life as interactive live experiences. Award-winning projects include Visitations - a 21st century ghost story for the internet of things set in Toronto’s Drake Hotel,ZED.TO: ByoLogyc - a 9-month simulation of the outbreak of a synthetic pandemic in Toronto, and Shadowfall, a multimedia adventure into the future of asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life that launched the 2013 IDEAS conference for venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and astronauts at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley.

Trevor’s artwork has won acclaim and redrawn borders in digital storytelling, including the installation Painting The Myth: The Mystery of Tom Thomson, the interactive documentary New Media // New Trends, live concert visualizations with Spiral Beach, and his work as official photographer for Canada’s most innovative organizations. 

He migrates regularly across his home range of Southern Ontario with his wife, son, and a bewildering array of cameras and computers.

Candy Palmater

Candy Palmater is a recovered lawyer turned feminist comic who was raised by bikers in the wilds of Northern New Brunswick. She is an activist, actor, writer and international speaker as well as the executive producer of three films on Mi’kmaw culture. Candy is the creator and star of her own national, award wining TV series, The Candy Show which is now in its fifth season, you can watch weekly on APTN.

Candy has appeared in Forgive Me (she has a Screen Nova Scotia Nomination for Best Actor in Supporting Role 2015), Sex & Violence and Call Me Fitz. She is a regular contributor to DNTO on CBC radio, as well as Guest Host of Q on CBC Radio and TV, and can be seen every Tuesday nights, (Summers exempt), on Laughing Drum as part of the APTN National News. Candy has just finished up filming on Season 10 of Trailer Park Boys for Netflix and will be heading to Toronto for another exciting TV project in 2015, as well as a Radio Show of her own on CBC.

Candy was valedictorian of her class at Dalhousie Law School and went on to practice Labour and Aboriginal law in a large corporate firm until show biz came knocking.
Before pursuing entertainment full time, Candy worked for the Nova Scotia Department of Education for a decade. She is currently working on a Masters of Education at St. Francis Xavier University and teaches a course at Dalhousie University.

Candy spends most of her time in airports and airplanes as she travels the globe speaking to audiences, large and small, about the power of love, kindness and self-acceptance. Candy believes we are more alike than different and that you can NEVER have too much Candy!

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- Susan Holt, CEO of the New Brunswick Business Council

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