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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.

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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"I thought your conference was first rate and told others as much. Ideas and networking applied to public policy are an irresistible combination."

- Colin Robertson, Diplomat & Professor

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