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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.

2013 Speaker's list

Moncef Lakouas

Moncef LakouasExecutive Director of Student Leadership Movement of Greater Moncton

Moncef Lakouas came to Canada as an international student. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration, majoring in finance, and is currently working towards a second bachelor's in accounting in the faculty of business at the Université de Moncton. He is a virtual recruiter for Sykes Canada and is the Executive Director of Student Leadership Movement of Greater Moncton, a not-for-profit association of which he a founding member.

Developing youth and immigration services in the province are both close to his heart, and his commitment has led him to serve on the Board of Directors of Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick as Youth delegate, the New Brunswick Multicultural Council as First Vice-President, and  the CAFI, a centre which offers settlement and support services for francophone immigrants in southeastern New Brunswick, as President of the Board of Directors. 

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