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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

Susan Holt

Susan HoltSusan Holt is the President and CEO of the New Brunswick Business Council, a unique non-partisan group of business leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to New Brunswick's economic growth and community development. Through the Council, Susan works closely with various leaders in the private sector and public service to support strong dialogue, information sharing, and evidence-based policy development. She recently returned to New Brunswick after more than a decade of working around the world, from Toronto and Ottawa to Australia and India. After completing degrees in Chemistry and Economics at Queen's University, she has worked for some of the world's most successful firms - Xerox, Manpower, HP, Cognos/IBM and most recently Research In Motion, in sales, HR and management roles. Susan is passionate about citizen engagement in public policy debate and development, and is a proud 21inc alumni and board member.

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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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