Ignite Fredericton Blog: November 2017

Research and Productivity Council


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

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Chapter 11 - Research and Productivity Council

I recently had the privilege to tour the Research & Productivity Council (RPC), and was blown away at the magnitude of world-class research taking place on College Hill Road. With over 1000 clients in 30 countries from around the world, RPC holds over $15 million in highly sophisticated scientific equipment, and it generates over $10 million annually in revenue.  In my humble opinion, this is an organization that has completely flown under the radar, and is a hidden gem in the heart of our Innovation District.

Eric Cook, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, graciously conducted a tour for Ignite Fredericton staff.  It was a learning experience, as I never knew that RPC had its original roots where Kings Place stands today. RPC was created as a result of the Research and Productivity A...

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Enabling Innovation within the Arts & Cultural Community


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

Gleaner Column

Chapter 12 - Enabling Innovation within the Arts & Cultural Community

In recent columns, we have explored innovation happening across multiple sectors, which most simply defined is the conversion of ideas into money.  Through the development of new solutions/methods -- businesses, government and institutions are better serving their customers to meet the ever-changing market demand.  In this month’s column, we will talk about some initiatives designed to help our vibrant art and cultural community convert their innovations into viable business enterprises.

At a macro level in 2014, we know that the economic impact of culture (which includes heritage, culture, and arts) was $670.5 million in New Brunswick.  We also know that the arts and cultural sector is a vital component in the attraction and retention of o...

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Early Intervention Critical to Prevent $15B Loss


Last month, Ignite Fredericton and its Natural Resources Task Force (NRTF) supported task force member, ForestNB, with their advocacy campaign regarding the spruce budworm early intervention strategy.  You may be asking why?

This early intervention program combats the devastating effects of spruce budworm infestation that kills forests.  If left untreated, spruce budworm will cost Atlantic Canada $15.3 billion over 40 years… That means mill closures and the loss of jobs! It means the loss of carbon sinks, which help balance greenhouse gas emissions. It means dead, dry forests, which are more susceptible to wildfires.   

New Brunswick’s natural resources sector, comprising forestry, represents $3.98 billion in annual GDP employing 30,000 people. This breaks down to $600 million and 5,000 people employed in natural resources in the Fredericton Region largely due to the fact that over 25% of UNB graduates work in natural resources and relate...

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