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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.

Aim for the dreamers, not the bargain hunters

Kyle explains the programs he works with + bios of speakers

John Grantham

His story –travels

Looking at a strong multicultural society--Moncton immigration

State of the population of New Brunswick

Strategies: - welcoming communities - high retention - immigration (focus on greater Moncton)

Challenges with low language efficiency, professional credentials

Need: leadership - role of municipalities (they have the resources to leverage provincial and federal support) - need to attract the right immigrants (depending on the needs of the community) - building a welcoming community: businesses, schools, organizations...

Moving ahead in greater Moncton: - immigration summit - the different actors don't have all the resources needed - some collaboration between actors - in need of an immigration center

Rany Ibrahim

Melanie Williams

Moncef Lakouas

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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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