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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

David Campbell

David is the President of Jupia Consultants Inc., an economic development consulting firm based in Moncton, New Brunswick. He works on economic development-related strategy and tactics with local, provincial and national economic development agencies, industry associations and government departments. He also consults with private sector clients in industries such as: energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, health care and forestry.

He is a Research Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration (CIRPPPA) at the Université de Moncton and teaches a course on energy and economic development at UNB Saint John. David also authors an online blog entitled It's the Economy, Stupidas well as a twice weekly column in the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. He also writes occasional columns in other publications such as Progress magazine and the Globe & Mail's Economy Lab.

David holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has also completed programs from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the University of Waterloo in Ontario and the University of New Brunswick.

He is co-chair of the NB2026 Roundtable, a mentor with the Wallace McCain Institute and also serves in a volunteer capacity on several community boards.

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"It was such a dynamic and innovative conference. A pleasure to be a part of and very inspiring to meet all the great young leader."

- Anjali Kapoor, Managing editor, digital, The Globe and Mail

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