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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.

Mélissa Basque


Mélissa Basque is originally from Tracadie, New Brunswick; she has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a bachelor's in multidisciplinary studies from the University of Sherbrooke, Québec. She started her career in the private sector, working in the area of human resources in Montréal. She then worked for the government at the Québec Workplace Health and Safety Commission (CSST). When she decided she wanted to return to New Brunswick, she was lucky enough to find positions at Entreprise Restigouche and then CBDC Restigouche. 

For more than a year, Ms. Basque has been the Project Coordinator for Déplacement Péninsule, a community transportation service which is part of the Acadian Peninsula's Community Inclusion Network (RIC-PA). This opportunity was perfect for Ms. Basque, enabling her to return to the region where she was born and to contribute to her community. Déplacement Péninsule was launched in June 2015, when it provided its first ride. Ms. Basque hopes to develop community transportation services more widely throughout the Acadian Peninsula. 

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