Welcome Jenny Knutsson to the team!


Our team continues to grow! Today, we would like to welcome Jenny Knutsson to the role of Local Immigration Partnership of Fredericton(LIPF) Coordinator.

Born and raised in the United States, Jenny has worked with a wide-range of organizations at varied levels. She has held key roles in administrative operations, management, event planning and client-relations for the public sector, small entrepreneurial and private companies, as well as non-profit agencies.

Jenny will be coordinating the initiatives around immigrant retention and integration under the umbrella of the Local Immigration Partnership Fredericton.

We sat down with Jenny and asked her to introduce herself to the Fredericton community. Here's what she had to say:


What’s your story?

I was born in the United States and spent most of my childhood in Pennsylvania. Early on I had always aspired to be a teacher and attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana s...

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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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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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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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Chris, a Homegrown Talent


A Frederictonian by birth, Chris McGinn chose to stay close to his roots in pursuit of his Bachelor of Business Administration the University of New Brunswick, one of the leading and most entrepreneurial universities in the country. Offering world-class programs and degrees in over 60 disciplines, the university is a known breeding ground for talent and innovation. Chris found his way to Ignite Fredericton through a unique partnership developed between the Export Igniter program, and the Faculty of Business Administration. As an eager undergraduate, Chris was paired with a high-growth startup to gain real world experience and to assist the company in conducting extensive market research, lead generation, and the creation of an export strategy. Already familiar with the business landscape, and having been praised for his dedication and passion by those in the program, Chris was a great addition to our team here at Ignite Fredericton:

What’s your story?

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Jamie Means Business


Originally from New Brunswick's historically-rich port city, Jamie is a Saint Johner turned Frederictonian due to her passion for business and love for Fredericton's small town feel and sense of community. Having previously worked with the Government of New Brunswick as the Premier's Executive Assistant, Jamie quickly developed a taste for economic development and decided to pursue a continued career of creating positive impact in the community that she proudly calls home. Jamie found herself immediately drawn to the collaborative and innovative business culture that Fredericton is so widely known for, and eagerly accepted a position as Ignite Fredericton's new Business Intelligence Coordinator. Jamie comes to us from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Finance and Business Administration. An explorer at heart, Jamie spends her down time planning worldwide adventures and cuddling up with a good book. We sat down with Jamie and asked...

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KIRA Awards Celebrate 20 Years of New Brunswick Innovation


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

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Igniting our Economy: KIRA Awards Celebrate 20 Years of New Brunswick Innovation

Innovation is both exciting and critical to our economic fabric. Embracing innovation will not only lead to pathways for growth, but it will also position us to compete on the global stage. This year, Fredericton will be hosting the 20th annual Knowledge and Innovation Recognition Awards (KIRA) on May 3rd, at the Fredericton Convention Centre, in celebration of innovative excellence across various sectors in New Brunswick. Recognizing the importance of innovation begs the question of “what exactly is innovation?” and “are we innovative?

The Conference Board of Canada defines innovation “as the process through which economic and social value is extracted from knowledge through the generation, development, and implementation of ideas to produce new or improved strategies, capabilities, products, services...

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Importance of A Multicultural Society and How Fredericton Speaks Welcome


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

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Importance of A Multicultural Society and How Fredericton Speaks Welcome

Over the next three years, Canada is expecting to welcome roughly one million newcomers, and due to the strength and mobility of the country’s labour market, immigration will be at an all-time high. Newcomers play a critical role in economic development: adding skilled talent to our workforce, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, increasing human capital, and creating a culturally rich and robust landscape. Canadians are facing the dawn of an aging population, as well as a  significant decrease in birth rates - an aspect that raises tremendous concern about filling the jobs of the future and sparking innovative output. Without immigration, our population would find itself in a dangerous decline, seriously compromising the sustainability and welfare of our economy. In thi...

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Why Craft Beer Is a Smart Pour


There should be no debate that the microbrewery industry in New Brunswick adds significant value to the economy. As an industry that currently employs thousands, and has an annual (indirect and induced) impact of $8.3 million, the micro-brewery sector has the potential to multiply 17 times over in the next 10 years to an astonishing $144.5 million. Producers of craft beer, mead, wine and cider are quickly becoming a staple of every day society, and as such we need to welcome and help foster their growth. With a backbone of over 60 academic institutions and research centres, New Brunswick is uniquely positioned to house and help grow the sector and as a result, satisfy a growing demand. Paired with Fredericton’s cost-competitiveness, talent pool, and an ideal proximity to large consumer markets, many craft brewers are rushing to make our city their homestead.

Fredericton’s craft brewery industry has witnessed rapid expansion and is now home to 15 breweries and brewp...

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Real Impact from Very Real Startups


FREDERICTON'S CULTURE OF INNOVATION

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Real Impact from Very Real Startups

Last month, we shared with our readers why Fredericton is an attractive and ideal place for entrepreneurs looking to start, grow and locate their business, and what makes Fredericton a strong contender in attracting and retaining international talent. Apart from a compelling value proposition that includes cost-competitiveness, a growing population, access to innovation, and a lifestyle like none other, Fredericton is also a breeding ground for high-growth startup talent. In lieu of a recent article by Financial Post columnist, Diane Francis, claiming that the Canadian government is throwing taxpayer dollars at fake startups, we’d like to take this opportunity to shed some light on the impact accelerators/incubators have on the fate of our emerging startups, and the not-so-fake companies that are spurred from them.



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