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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

Nancy Mathis

Nancy MatisNancy sees herself as a serial "founder". Her role at the Wallace McCain Institute combines her experiences as the co-founder and innovative force behind Mathis Instruments with her teaching background at UNB. The role also enables her personal mission to "build and nurture the most highly connected community of entrepreneurial leaders in North America". Her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering supports her calling to design practical systems, programs and frameworks necessary to undertake such a mission.

She has been recognized on a national scale with awards in innovation, entrepreneurship and engineering - as well as for supporting others in those fields. She has been deeply engaged in the economic development in the region through her support of the NB Business Council, NB2026, FutureNB, 21Inc, Junior Achievement, NBITC, PropelICT, the NB Securities Commission and the Pond-Deshpande Center.

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"Your festival was a spectacular idea, a wonderful event in every way possible; a terrific foundation on which to move forward and to build a better and more prosperus community for all."

- David Hawkins, Co-founder of XYZ Stratégie-Communication Inc.

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