Ignite Fredericton Blog: June 2018

Fuelling Fredericton’s Creative Sector


The Fredericton Region has proved itself time and time again to be an innovation hub that continues to produce undeniable startup talent, leading academic research, and some of the country’s largest technology exits. For companies looking to expand their operations like Siemens and IBM, Fredericton is an ideal location due to its highly-skilled labour force, strategic access to foreign markets, and low operating costs. But what does Fredericton have to offer apart from its business-friendly attributes and award-winning lifestyle? Culture.  In this column, we will explore Fredericton’s thriving creative sector, and why investing in our creative industries is an economic imperative.

In 2016, the cultural sector had an economic GDP impact of $543 million, translating to 1.7 per cent of the provincial economy and 8,469 jobs (Statistics Canada). There’s no doubt that the cr...

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Meet our ARTrepreneur in Residence


Our ARTrepreneur in Residence Program is designed to help emerging artists turn their passion into a viable business by giving creative workers the tools needed to turn their craft into a career. From weavers to writers, the ARTrepreneur in Residence program accepts creators from all disciplines looking to start and grow their business in Fredericton. 
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For our June to September residence we've chosen Laura-Beth Bird, an emerging theatre artist in Atlantic Canada. We've asked Laura-Beth to introduce herself to the business community, and to tell us a little bit about her journey as an artrepreneur. This is her story...

I was born in Shropshire, England but emigrated to Canada when I was ten and proudly became a citizen four years a...

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Meet Our New Population Growth Services Assistant


Fredericton born and raised Taylor Smith discovered her love for the business world when she visited Planet Hatch in Grade 11. She then officially joined our team as a co-op student in Grade 12 and became an intern that summer. Now a student at the University of New Brunswick in the business faculty, Taylor joins our team once again as the new Population Growth Services Assistant. She is excited to bring her passion for entrepreneurship and teaching to enrich the Ignite Fredericton population growth department. We sat down with Taylor and asked her to introduce herself to the Fredericton community. Here’s what she had to say:

What’s your story?

I have completed my second year of my Business Administration undergraduate degree from the University of New Brunswick. I plan to further my studies in education. In the meantime, I am learning as much as possible in the world of business and administration.

I am a supply teacher in Frederi...

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