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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

Elizabeth Beale

Elizabeth BealePresident and CEO, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council

Ms. Beale is President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), a position she has held since 1996. Her policy and research interests cover a wide range of topics related to the economy of Atlantic Canada including energy, labour market and innovation strategies. Ms Beale has authored numerous studies on public policy topics and is a frequent media commentator. Under her direction, APEC has grown to become an influential voice furthering the economic development of Atlantic Canada.

Ms. Beale has also participated on a number of external advisory panels including the Labour Market Information Advisory Panel (Forum of Labour Market Ministers, 2009), the Nova Scotia Economic Advisory Panel (2009) and the Expert Panel on a Yarmouth-US Ferry (2012).

Ms. Beale resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Economics from Dalhousie University. Ms. Beale has taken an active role in a number of professional and community organizations. She is currently a member of the National Statistics Council, director of the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University and advisory board member for the Mowat Centre, University of Toronto.

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