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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

Trevor MacAusland

Trevor MacAuslandExecutive Director, Propel ICT

Trevor is commander of the rebel forces…or at least that’s what he tells the new recruits at Launch36, Atlantic Canada’s most disruptive accelerator program. As executive director he PropelICT, Trevor connects early-stage entrepreneurs with expertise, resources and potential investors. So far he’s helped launch 17 companies in 12 months, leading a team of volunteer mentors from across the region. He draws on his two decades of experience in the ICT sector, working for T4G Limited and Whitehill Technologies. He is also the founder of Geeks on Ice, a charity hockey tournament and an alumnus of 21inc. He lives in Moncton with his wife Chantal and his daughter Emma, whom is being schooled in the ways of the Force.

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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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