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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

Paul Lang

Paul Lang 2General Manager, Kent Regional Corporation

A native of Grand Falls, New Brunswick, and a resident of Shediac, Paul completed a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics at the Université de Moncton. He then completed his Masters in Regional Development at the Université du Québec campus in Rimouski. His enthusiasm for municipal governance led him to choose reforms in local governance in New Brunswick as the subject of his Masters thesis. Since 2007 he has held a number of different positions in the municipal sector, including Village Manager of Rogersville, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the Town of Shediac and, since January 1, Executive Director  of Regional Services Commission 6 (Kent). He is the youngest executive director in the province.

To satisfy his intellectual bent, Mr. Lang is currently enrolled in two university programs: one in local development at the Université de Sherbrooke, and the other in local administration at Dalhousie University. His involvement in various associations and commissions illustrates his community spirit and his commitment to improving the lives of people in his community and his region. Paul was chosen as one of the 15 young Acadian leaders who would bring about change in New Brunswick, has graduated from New Brunswick's 21 Inc. program as part of the 2012-2013 cohort, and is a Fellow of Action Canada in the 2013-2014 cohort. He is the only Francophone from outside Quebec and the only resident of the Atlantic provinces who is participating in the program.

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"I thought your conference was first rate and told others as much. Ideas and networking applied to public policy are an irresistible combination."

- Colin Robertson, Diplomat & Professor

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