Welcome Adriana to the Ignite Fredericton team!


Join us in welcoming Adriana Badillo as our new marketing intern. Adriana is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in communications and economics at St. Thomas University. She is excited to bring her passion for digital marketing and economic development to enrich existing and upcoming projects.

What’s your story?

Hola! My name is Adriana Badillo and I’m twenty-one years old. I was born in Quito, Ecuador, which is a beautiful city squeezed between mountain peaks. Adventurous and outgoing, are two of the adjectives that best describe my personality. I moved to Canada four years ago, seeking a study experience off the typical path; different language, different culture, and different climate. I’m currently on my fourth year of studies, pursuing a double major in Economics and Communications with a minor in Political Science.

What makes you the perfect fit for this role?

I believe what makes me the perfect fit for this role is my perso...

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Meet Our New Marketing Intern!


We are pleased to introduce Lourdes Pastrana, Ignite Fredericton’s new marketing intern. Pursuing an honours in psychology at St. Thomas University, Lulu is thrilled to bring her understanding of people’s behaviour to increase Fredericton’s market research.

What’s your story?

Hi! My name is Lulu Pastrana. I am on my fourth year at St Thomas University completing an honours degree in Psychology. I was born and raised in Morelia, a city in Mexico on the Pacific ocean side.  I decided to study psychology because in case you didn’t know, our brain accounts for 2% of our weight but contains 100 billion neurons that are responsible for every single detail that makes you, you! It is the most intricate and mysterious thing in the universe. Isn't that worth studying?

What makes you the perfect fit for this role?

My major has played a key role for me being able to fulfill this position. Marketing requires understanding people...

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Meet Our New Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator!


Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, recently announced that in 2021 Canada will take in 40,000 more immigrants. Newcomers are a huge asset for an economy as they address skills shortages and gaps in the labour market. Alike, immigrants bring with them practices and knowledge from their homeland which are distinctive and unique. Newcomers enhance multilingualism and diversity. Nevertheless, the challenges faced by them are multi-faceted. From immigration paperwork, to culture and communication styles at the workplace, newcomers have a lot to take on board to fully integrate to the community.

At Ignite Fredericton, one of our key priorities is to establish long-term partnerships between the public and private sector that will assure newcomers’ needs are met all through the settlement and integration process. Meet Amgad Zaky, Ignite Fredericton’s new Local Immigration Partnership Coordinator, whom with great enthusiasm and passion will help drive the city’s econ...

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Introducing our new Population Growth Specialist!


Population growth is closely interlinked with the attainment of economic growth. An increase in the size of population enlarges the scope of investment and the production base of an economy Alike, population growth increases the supply of labour. It is important for Fredericton to continue to attract and retain its population as we 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.

With this, Ignite Fredericton would like to welcome Nausheen Ali, our new Population Growth Specialist, who will lead the population growth file of Fredericton fostering our city to continue to be a great place to grow and locate. 

What’s your story?

I came from Pakistan, a part of the developing world which is mostly known through the lens of international news. I was born and raised in Karachi and then moved to Islamab...

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Meet our new Investment Attraction Specialist


 

Foreign direct investment helps Fredericton reach its full economic potential by providing capital to enhance existing industries, boost productivity and create new employment opportunities in the process. Securing investment that will maximize long-term economic growth for the city is one of Ignite Fredericton’s top priorities. Our vibrant economy is taking its place on the global stage and Sarah Corey Hollohan, our new Investment Attraction Specialist, will help us to accomplish this mission.

We asked Sarah to introduce herself to the Fredericton Community. Here is what she had to say:

What’s your story?

I was born and raised in Fredericton. I attended UNB Business graduating in 2005 with an honors in Human Resources and a minor in Entrepreneurship. After graduation, I began working with entrepreneurs through local and provincial economic development organizations and haven’t looked back. I have worked with all stag...

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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:

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