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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

Russell Wangersky

Russell WangerskyRussell Wangersky is a writer, editor and columnist from St. John's, Newfoundland.

His latest book is a collection of short stories titled "Whirl Away." A five-time finalist for Canada's National Newspaper Awards (winning for editorials in 2002 and 2011), he works at the St. John's Telegram as the editorial page editor. His five books include Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself, a memoir of his eight years as a volunteer firefighter that examines the personal toll of firefighting and accident rescue, a novel, The Glass Harmonica, and two short story collections. His latest collection, Whirl Away, was a finalist for the 2012 Scotiabank/Giller Prize.

He has worked in the media for 30 years.

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- Colin Robertson, Diplomat & Professor

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