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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.

Yves Bourgeois


Dr. Yves Bourgeois is director of the Urban and community studies institute (UCSI) at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Yves has published numerous works internationally on innovation and economic development. His overarching interest is how regions create value and jobs from technological change. He holds a PhD in Regional and international development from UCLA, and masters degrees from Edinburgh and Oxford Universities. Yves also has ten years experience in the private and public sectors, including work with Microsoft and the Canadian parliament.

He is currently funded by SSHRC to study technology company growth in European and North American regions that are producing large-scale renewable energy. In another SSHRC funded project he is studying the role of digital skills in enabling and limiting youth integration into the labour market. He also chairs the New Brunswick rural and urban transportation advisory committee to develop a sustainable transportation strategy for that province. All three projects have strong implications for community and environmental sustainability.

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