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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

Claredon Robicheau

President, Transport de Clare Society

Claredon RobicheauBorn in Meteghan ,Digby County Nova Scotia Claredon Robicheau comes from a family of 6 siblings, 4 including himself are wheelchair users.

Because he was only afflicted by Muscular Dystrophy at age 19 he feels privileged to have played hockey, baseball and was a licensed Scuba diver. Graduating from St Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce was a great deal for him along with working for a bank in New Brunswick for 12 years.

In 1993 he moved back to his hometown and now enjoys being a full time volunteer with the Lions Club 20 years, Council of Canadians with Disabilities 6 years, Regional Health board 4 years, Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities 19 years and was a member of the NS poverty working group. In 1996 he was the founder & pioneer of Nova Scotia’s first community based transportation programs, Le Transport de Clare Society in the municipality of Clare and in 2012 they expanded their services to the rest of Digby County. He remains president and unwaged manager for 17 years and the board of directors were pleased to recently hire its first manager in training. There are now 14 such programs in N.S. and he credits many community minded people for that growth. In 2002 he was the recipient of Her Majesty the Queen Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012 silver medal.

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"I'm attending the Ideas Festival because it's the best event in Canada to get inspired by the collision of diverse informed perspectives on key issues for our region and country. Learning to collaborate across many boundaries is critical for success today and into the future – and the Ideas Festival is an exceptional place to build strong collaboration muscles!"

- Susan Holt, CEO of the New Brunswick Business Council

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