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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.

Rany Ibrahim

Rany IbrahimRany Ibrahim is a native of Egypt and brings experience in international business with several private and public sectors organizations. In addition to his academic and work background. He is presently sets as a ministerial appointment on the Board of Governance of CBU. Rany served on the Board of Directors of Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority, the Nova Scotia Minister of Immigration Advisory Council, as a Councilor on Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce, Executive Investor at Cape Breton Partnership, a Senator on the Senate of Dalhousie University, a President and CEO of a Management Consultant company (RSI Management Solutions). He sets on the advisory board of both the Canadian Business Strategy Association and the International Institute of Marketing Professionals.

Furthermore, Rany presently work full time with the NS Provincial Government Office of Immigration leading their marketing and business engagement program, and part-time Strategy and International Business faculty with Dalhousie University. Rany is a frequent traveler, he organized, led, and traveled around the world on several trade and skills recruitment missions with several Government departments and businesses.

He graduated with his MBA in CED from CBU. Rany completed his doctorate course work for an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Economics, Politics, Sociology, and History at Dalhousie University. In addition, Bachelors degree in Commerce in Business Administration from Ain Shames University, Cairo, Egypt, a Certificate in Information Technology from UNB, a Certificate in Management, and the designation of Chartered Manager from the Canadian Institute of Management.

His community and business leadership was recognized with an Outstanding Contribution HYPE Award (Honoring Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs), from Junior Chamber International, 2007, Champion of Development Award from Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority, 2007, Young Newcomer Leader - GO Award - from Fusion Halifax in 2011, he was recognized by Nova Scotia House of Assembly for his Contributions and Community Involvement in Nova Scotia with an award in 2012, and most recently Nationally as the only Nova Scotian and the only public servant awarded the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for 2013.

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