Addressing Newcomers’ Needs One Step at a Time


IGNITE FREDERICTON COLUMN – September 2017

Addressing Newcomers’ Needs One Step at a Time

There are a number of strategic immigration initiatives underway, and it timely to provide a community update in terms of how the City of Fredericton is addressing newcomers’ needs.

For those who may not be aware, Ignite Fredericton is the City of Fredericton’s economic development catalyst agency, also responsible for municipal immigration efforts.

In 2011, the City of Fredericton made a critical decision to invest in a dedicated Immigration Coordinator position, to address population growth and skill shortages challenges.  This position, now referred to as the Population Growth Specialist, is currently housed at Ignite Fredericton, and Adriana Rivas is the point person coordinating efforts, hosting immigrants during their exploratory visits, conducting ongoing follow-up during the immigration process, and r...

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Innovation or common sense?


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Chapter 8 - Innovation or common sense to leverage assets and create jobs?

Did you know that there is $7.2 billion of potential investment and 5,000 jobs projected for New Brunswick over the next five years in major natural resource development projects according to economists?  Did you know that at the stroke of a pen, $2.2 billion has been deducted from the equation for shale gas development? Including the latter, these mega projects originally projected peak employment demand of 8,600 positions from 2017-18, and 28,000 by 2025.  With a provincial deficit expected to hit $13.4 billion by next year, as New Brunswickers, we need to be open to new, innovative ways of generating prosperity and jobs for future generations.  When are we going to project a truly open-for-business philosophy and proactive approach to grow our prov...

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Join us In Welcoming Sam!


Another startup is growing their team, and we welcome our new Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator to Planet Hatch!

Lisa Kinney, who joined Planet Hatch to make a mark on the Fredericton startup ecosystem, is now moving from supporting startups to joining one. She will be bringing her expertise in client outreach, business development, and operations to eChart Healthcare, founded and led by Amanda Betts.

Lisa joined the Planet Hatch team in January of last year as the Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator. During her time at Planet Hatch she expanded programming and events held in the centre, created new initiatives for the city’s ecosystem, and redesigned the space.

“My experience working at Planet Hatch has been inspiring,” said Lisa. “I love how passionate people are about their own businesses, and how the community supports entrepreneurs.”

eChart is changing lives with how families stay connected within their new life of long-...

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Ignite Announces Initiative to drive Export & Startup Growth


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Chapter 7 - Ignite Announces Innovative Initiative to drive Export & Startup Growth

As the steward of the community’s economic development strategy, Vision 2020, Ignite Fredericton reported the creation of 410 direct jobs (156 indirect) and 55 new startups since January 2015 at the Vision 2020 Progress Summit on June 8th. 

Ignite also reported on key strategy deliverables including: the integration of Ignite Fredericton, Planet Hatch and Knowledge Park into one operational organization, driving the creation of an entrepreneurial hub, an investment attraction strategy and toolkit, new export acceleration program, and partnership with the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Business Administration program.

As part of the collaborative partnership with the University of New Brunswick, programming for the  Activator p...

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Be Part of Fredericton’s Digital Revolution


As the economic development arm of the City of Fredericton, Ignite Fredericton continues to tout Fredericton’s well-deserved reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative municipalities. It’s a narrative that has attracted new businesses, investment and talent from across the globe.

From its adoption of ISO and Lean-Six Sigma for service and process improvement to its award-winning initiatives in community broadband and communications, Fredericton has consistently punched above its weight as a ‘smart city’.  But what is next for Fredericton?

The City of Fredericton has a vision to be a ‘Digital City’, which will see the modernization of government operations and service delivery to citizens. This will be the next leg of the journey to position Fredericton as the leading, innovative municipality in Canada.

This effort of modernizing government operations and service delivery falls into three main categories of business...

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The KIRA's Are Coming


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Chapter 6 – The KIRA's Are Coming and Celebrating Business in Innovation!

Building on our last two columns…Ignite Fredericton, economic development catalyst agency, has partnered with the federal and provincial governments to deliver three days of innovation-focused content during New Brunswick Innovation Week from May 3 to 5. As key innovation partner, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is funding these Fredericton-based events to target youth, academia/research and business.  

We have a stellar lineup of international and local speakers, and the best part is the programming is FREE with the exception of the KIRA Awards.  Don't miss this opportunity to network with industry peers; learn about innovative best practices and initiatives; and help us celebrate New Brunswick's finest in all sectors!

Thursday, May...

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Another Startup is Growing their Team!


Lisa Kinney, who joined Planet Hatch to make a mark on the Fredericton startup ecosystem, is now moving from supporting startups to joining one. She will be bringing her expertise in client outreach, business development, and operations to eChart Healthcare, founded and led by Amanda Betts.

Lisa joined the Planet Hatch team in January of last year as the Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator. During her time at Planet Hatch she expanded programming and events held in the centre, created new initiatives for the city’s ecosystem, and redesigned the space.

“My experience working at Planet Hatch has been inspiring,” said Lisa. “I love how passionate people are about their own businesses, and how the community supports entrepreneurs.”

eChart is changing lives with how families stay connected within their new life of long-term...

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Air Access is Critical for Economic Vitality!


Excluding people - what is the lifeline of a community? I would argue that air infrastructure and services are so vital that without them a community can become economically stagnant.  

Air service and infrastructure means:

Ability to reach export markets for business expansion and growth.  In an export-dependent province, which generates over $12 billion in provincial GDP, air access is critical for the region, which encompasses over 4,186 businesses (Hoover 2016).

Ability to attract new businesses and investment.  Air access is a key variable during the decision-making process with site selectors and C-level executives.

Sector growth and cluster development.  The continued growth of sectors like information & communications technologies, bio sciences and engineering  relies on air access. The demand will only increased through the emergence of new areas like cybersecurity and smart grid.

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NB Innovation Is Something to Shout About


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Chapter 5 – New Brunswick Innovation Week in Fredericton and Sector Spotlight on Biotechnology

It is time to celebrate innovation in New Brunswick!  Last month, we provided a glimpse of what is shaping up for New Brunswick Innovation Week taking place May 2-8, 2016.

Ignite Fredericton, the community’s economic development catalyst agency, is delivering three days of innovation-focused content during New Brunswick Innovation Week. The events will target youth, academia/research and business.  The KIRA Awards will be the celebratory, culminating event of the week, recognizing outstanding innovation and achievement among all sectors.

The Premier’s vision for New Brunswick Innovation Week 2016 is to engage New Brunswickers, and beyond, to recognize, celebrate and accelerate innovators within our province.  The New Brunsw...

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NB Innovation Week & Cybersecurity


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Chapter 4 – New Brunswick Innovation Week & Spotlight on Cybersecurity


Last month’s column was directed to the parents, policy-makers/politicians and educators, who are in a position to help shape and influence New Brunswick’s future.  This starts with early education - ensuring our children get the required skills to keep them on a path of realizing opportunities. Literacy is fundamental, as is equipping youth with digital skills, like coding, to meet the projected workforce demand for 182,000 ICT jobs in Canada by 2019 (ICTC).

So how do we inspire innovation to fuel our future workforce, and to create the Resson Aerospaces and Smartskins of tomorrow?  New Brunswick Innovation Week is a step in the right direction.

The Premier’s second annual Innovation Week will take place during th...

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