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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.


What is the Ideas Festival?

The 21inc Ideas Festival is one of Canada's most inspiring, challenging and stimulating forums. Occurring only once every two years, it is where Atlantic Canada's emerging business and government leaders gather with their peers and the region's established business leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, educators, policy makers and designers, to engage in the ideas shaping our future, and equip themselves with the knowledge and networks to transcend our biggest challenges. It is open to any solutions-oriented individual wishing to have serious discussions with over 200 influential people about the future of our region.

Leadership in the 21st Century is changing. The challenge placed on leaders is not to react to change but to innovate and drive change. In order to do this we need to develop the forums where people from all sectors, and especially our leaders of tomorrow, will be ready and able to make decisions that will bring about thriving organizations and communities in Atlantic Canada in the 21st Century.

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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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