FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION
Chapter 3 – ‘Planting the seeds for continuous growth’
The last two columns provided some historical context on how Fredericton earned its global brand equity as a ‘smart city’ through diversification from a government/university town to a thriving knowledge-based economy. The building blocks were significant investment in digital infrastructure, and building a ‘knowledge corridor’, known today at the Innovation District, anchored by Knowledge Park and the University of New Brunswick.
As I suggested last month, I truly believe that the knowledge industry is our equivalent to Alberta’s oil sands with such a large number of knowledge-based companies located in the Fredericton Region. The continuous growth of this sector is what carried us through the recession, and is where we will see future growth and good paying jobs tomorrow.
Last month’s column highlighted ‘Innovation Season’, and our upcoming KIRAs (Knowledge and Innovation Recognition Awards) on May 4th, celebrating excellence in technological, social and economic innovation across all sectors and industries in New Brunswick. The KIRAs also mark the official kick-off to NB Innovation Week!
This year’s event will give a nod to “May the 4th Be with You” day with a galaxy glam spin. Don’t expect people to be wielding light sabers or to see Darth Vader, but you can expect lots of lights and sparkle during this optimal networking event. The KIRA galaxy will be emceed by the award-winning Canadian comedy couple Naomi Snieckus & Matt Baramand, and will feature special musical guest, DJ SirK.
If you have not already checked out the 21 KIRA finalists - here’s a short run-down of New Brunswick’s most innovative companies and organizations within their nominated c...