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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

Alain Parent

Alain Parent21inc Chair and Director of Sales and Marketing for Group Insurance, Assomption Life

Alain Parent is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing for Group Insurance at Assumption Life.

Mr. Parent oversees sales and business development with agents and brokers all across Canada. Alain has acquired extensive skills over the past fifteen years, namely as a group insurance account executive for Great West and Sun Life, serving the Ottawa and Toronto regions.

A University of Ottawa graduate, he also studied at the École supérieure de commerce de Rouen in France. He holds a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation from the International Foundation and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Father of five, Alain still has some time to give back to the community as the Chair of 21inc as well as President of ExpansionDieppe. 

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