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 as good as its team. As the community's economic development agency, we boast an effective and passionate group of idea generators, go-getters and all around top-notch folks that are committed to fueling entrepreneurs for economic growth. This year, we welcomed 3 new team members to our work family that we think you'll love! Last month we introduced Book Sadprassid, our new Client and Business Services Coordinator, and this month we'd like to introduce Dylan, our new Business Intelligence Coordinator. Originally from Campbellton, New Brunswick, Dylan was drawn to Fredericton based on its small town feel and easy access to an abundance of resources. After spending some time at Fredericton's Renaissance College, Dylan pursued a career in entrepreneurship as a robot visionary.
Known as one of the original Founders of Collaborative Play, a hands-on team building solution that uses a well-engineered robot to solve basic communication problems, Dylan brings with him real-world experiences and lessons learned. This week we sat down with the "Rural Renaissance Man" and this is what he had to say:
What’s your story?
Northern gold is what I like call the people born and raised in Campbellton, New Brunswick, which coincidentally happens to be the town I call home. My background includes many endeavors such as playing the trumpet, watching rockumentaries (Rock Documentaries), going to Renaissance College, and most importantly building robots. I like to think of myself as a rural "Renaissance” man.
What attracted you to our organization?
I have always had Ignite Fredericton in my scope. From the first time I stepped into Planet Hatch, I knew it was a place I wanted to work. I have had too many jobs in the past that were ‘just jobs.’ Here, the people and the culture make me excited to come into work, and in my opinion this is a place that is doing things right.
What makes you the perfect fit for this role?
What makes me perfect for this job is the fact that I am motivated to learn and create change. Seldom is education a motivation for employment, but I believe it is what makes me great for this job. The motivation to make a positive impact is something greater than just the need to provide for myself, hence I will be more likely to succeed because I care about the work that I do.
Why did you choose Fredericton?
I chose Fredericton for a few of the following reasons: connectivity, access to resources, and the small town feel. I come from a town of 5 thousand people and had become quite accustomed to it. My transition to Fredericton was a pleasant one. For a small town, I’ve learned that this city has tremendous reach; for example there’s not often a time in which I am not further than two connections away from anyone I search on Linkedin. If you need anything, Fredericton has you covered - whether it be governmental, private, human resources or human intellect.
What are a few things that make you unique?
I few things that are not widely known about myself is that I was once a volunteer firefighter, I met Jerry Greenfield (The Ben in Ben and Jerry’s) and I have a huge family (4 sisters, 2 brothers, a half a dozen nieces and nephews)!