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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

Geoffrey Flood

President, T4G Limited

Geoffrey FloodGeoff is the founder and the guiding force behind the continued growth of T4G Limited, a leading Canadian technology services firm.   Geoff has provided the leadership, vision and strategic direction for the company since its inception.  Geoff retains overall responsibility for strategy while ensuring that the individual business groups within T4G achieve their objectives.  His experience and thought leadership, coupled with a robust knowledge of corporate finance and investment strategy, has enabled T4G to remain at the forefront of IT Professional Services firms.

Geoff was previously Chief Information Officer and Vice-President of Dylex Limited – a multidivisional specialty retailer with over 700 stores in North America.  In this capacity, he had the executive responsibility for the information technology assets of the Dylex Group of companies. 

Prior to joining Dylex, Geoff held the position of Information Systems Officer for George Weston Limited (Canada’s largest food processor and retailer) where he coordinated information systems activity across the Weston/Loblaw group of companies.  Earlier at George Weston, he was accountable for strategic and corporate planning and financial reporting.

Geoff is actively involved in several boards and charitable organizations and has a specific interest in T4G’s philanthropic organization Future Focus which backs organizations with a track record of helping children succeed.  Geoff is immediate past-President of the New Brunswick Information Technology Council and is currently co-Chairman of the Premiers Advisory Council on Technology.

Geoff holds and MBA in Finance from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from St. Francis Xavier University.

Geoff lives in Rothesay, New Brunswick. He is married and has three children.

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