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

Gleaner Column

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


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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


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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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How Fredericton is Attracting Int'l Entrepreneur Talent


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How Fredericton is Attracting International Entrepreneur Talent

In our last few columns we focused on the amazing local startups that are being incubated and grown in Fredericton, punching above their weight class and competing in the global business arena. The supportive ecosystem and competitive business environment that our city is known for doesn’t just produce great companies, it also attracts them from around the world. In this column, we’re focusing on how Fredericton is attracting and retaining international entrepreneurs to our business community with a particular focus on immigrant entrepreneurs.

We already know that Fredericton fits many of the key criteria that shape an entrepreneur’s decision on where to move a business: market access and growth potential, access to innovation (R&D and talent), cost competitiveness, and...

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Dylan, A Rural Renaissance Man


2017 was a year of great accomplishment for the Fredericton business community. Between Planet Hatch and Ignite Fredericton alone, we saw thirty new businesses get started in the Greater Fredericton Region! In our December and January Gleaner column series titled Startup 2017 Highlights, we showcased Fredericton's vibrant startup community, highlighting some of the local talent that resides in our very own backyard and the players that make it all possible. We also touched on a variety of incubation and acceleration programs running through the City's entrepreneurial hub, Planet Hatch, in which there were 85 new startups and six new exporters!

We often say that a company is only...

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Startup 2017 Highlights


STARTUP HIGHLIGHTS - PART I (December 2017)
As we look back on 2017, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight our vibrant startup community in my articles for December and January.  It has been an impressive year seeing more than 85 new startups move through through Planet Hatch’s partnered incubation and acceleration programs, and benefit from the 75+ programs/events, which run through our entrepreneurial hub.  Between Planet Hatch and Ignite Fredericton alone - we helped 34 businesses get started this year! 

For the benefit of all the readers I would like to first explain the term ‘startup’, as some perceive this to be business jargon related only to the IT industry.  A startup can be in ANY sector or industry!

‘Startup 101’:  According to Wikipedia, a startup is defined as “an entrepreneurial venture which is typically a newly emerged, fast-grow...

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Vanessa, A Small Town Farm Gal


With the constant commotion of startups bustlin' about, Planet Hatch is known to see a lot of activity on a daily basis. Drones flying overhead and sticky note covered walls; the hatch is a busy beehive of entrepreneurial nectar constantly attracting top talent! Now, we all know that every beehive needs a queen bee to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that no bee gets left behind. Well, consider Vanessa that powerhouse bee and the new face of Planet Hatch! We sat down with Vanessa and asked her to introduce herself, officially, to the Fredericton community:

What’s your story?
I was born the daughter of a farmer and Registered Nurse. Growing up on a farm in Hopewell, Nova Scotia, I spent most of my childhood building hay forts with my brother and sister, taking care of our varying collection of livestock, studying piano, violin and voice, or competing in 4-H competitions. I never saw the day I’d leave the farm, let alone...

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The Science of Innovation in NB’s Craft Alcohol Sector


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Chapter 13 – The Science of Innovation in NB’s Craft Alcohol Sector

The term ‘Innovation’ often times gets equated to technology-based applications. What doesn’t typically come to mind is the opportunity to employ innovative science to our traditional industries like agriculture, forestry and fisheries or to burgeoning sectors like craft alcohol.

The science behind alcohol production for consumption dates back to 4,000 BC with the Egyptians mastering the art and science of wine-making, and later fermentation-based brewing around 2,000 BC.  In 1668, Jean Talon established the first brewery in Quebec City – that innovatively incorporated both yeast and fermentation.  Since that time, the production of beer and alcohol has become wide, and varied, and the science behind them more and more complex. ...

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