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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

Pascale Paulin

Owner, Forté Communication, Dieppe

Pascale PaulinPascale Paulin is the owner of Forté Communication in Dieppe.  She has been involved in public relations and marketing for over 20 years. Pascale has integrated a social media specialization into her communications firm. She also offers training on communications and change management.

Over the course of her career, she has worked for not for profit organizations, in the private sector, and in the public service at the municipal and federal levels. In these varied positions, Pascale's work included lobbying, management, project development and many other duties as well as communications. 

Then, in 2012, she made the leap into entrepreneurship by opening her own company. 

Pascale Paulin is passionate about communication and about relationships. Whether she is working or volunteering, she is happiest when what she is doing contributes to growth.  

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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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