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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

John N. Grantham

Retired Trade Commissioner (NB)

John GranthamA native of Saskatoon, John Grantham graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B. Comm.

While at and after university John spent 7 years in the Naval Reserve (UNTD’s), spending 5 summers in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Montreal, as well as on the “high seas”.  He remained in Montreal for two years, working with Bell Telephone in the Traffic Division.

In 1966 John joined the Federal Government – Industry, Trade and Commerce (the predecessor to Foreign Affairs) – as a Trade Commissioner. His career over 36 years took him to Philadelphia, Mexico City, Santiago (Chile), Melbourne,  Edmonton, Bucharest (Romania), Copenhagen,  Saskatoon and Guadalajara. He retired in 2002 when he and his wife Judie moved to Moncton.

Since then John has been very active in the community, as a member of the Rotary Club of Moncton West & Riverviiew ( Director, Committee Chair, currently Past-President), the Greater Moncton Immigration Board (Secretary and currently President), Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce (Volunteer of the Year 2005, Founding Chair of the Member Appreciation Committee and Education & Training Task Force, currently a Director), Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (Mentor), 2009 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship  (Director of Events for Curling Fans).

John’s wife, Judie (Bursey), is a native of Moncton (you should ask him how the decision was made to retire in Moncton – an economic developer’s approach). They have a daughter Kelly and a son Brooke both living in Ottawa and 3 grandchildren.

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