Natural Resources Portal
Natural Resources Task Force
Due to our innovative business community and location in a province built on natural resource development, Ignite Fredericton and its 20+ strategically aligned partners have launched a Natural Resources Task Force. Fully supported by Fredericton City Council, the goal of the task force is to align the Fredericton region with the needs of near term, responsible natural resource development. This will be accomplished by establishing a world class, specialized workforce, connecting local businesses with contact opportunities and creating a cluster environment to attract foreign direct investments and spur the growth of new startups. As a result of Fredericton's existing, outstanding natural resource sector, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has also recognized Fredericton as being one of five of Canada's Resource Cities.
The Sisson Project is an initiative of The Sisson Partnership to responsibly develop a globally significant tungsten-molybdenum deposit in central New Brunswick, approximately 60 km northwest of Fredericton. The Partnership’s experienced team of engineers, scientists and consultants are applying best practices in the planning, design and implementation of the Sisson Project to ensure it will be constructed and operated in an environmentally responsible manner that will generate important socioeconomic benefits for local communities and the province.
The Smart Grid Innovation Network (SGIN) was formed in January 2016 as an interconnected lab environment between founding partners NB Power, the University of New Brunswick (UNB), and Siemens Canada. Their mission is to drive and support a smart grid ecosystem for innovation, technology advancement, research and development; and to enable the successful deployment of smart grid initiatives in New Brunswick. Through the Smart Grid Research Lab at UNB, the Interoperability Lab at Siemens, and the Products and Services Lab at NB Power, SGIN offers businesses the right environment for designing, developing, and testing smart grid-related products and services. In April of 2017, they hosted the first Energy Innovations Forum in Fredericton, NB, with plans to host another in 2018.
As the voice of New Brunswick’s forests in matters relating to trade, government, public and environmental affairs, Forest NB promotes a healthy forest, raises public awareness of sustainable forest management practices and provides a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and issues facing the sector and New Brunswick communities. This is accomplished by contributing jobs and economic growth for New Brunswickers, promoting responsible and sustainable management of our forests and engaging with communities and organizations to foster understanding and respect.
The New Brunswick Responsible Energy Development Alliance aims to provide important, fact-based information to New Brunswickers interested in learning more about hydraulic fracturing and natural gas in New Brunswick. Their mission is to foster responsible development of local natural resources so that New Brunswick will be able to take advantage of the benefits associated with shale development, today and for decades to come.
The Mactaquac Generating Station is a run of the river hydro facility with an installed generation capacity of 660 MW, supplying about 12 per cent of New Brunswick homes and businesses with clean, low-cost power. NB Power is proposing a project to ensure the station can operate to its intended 100-year lifespan with a modified approach to maintenance and adjusting and replacing equipment over time. This recommendation follows three years of expert research, including input from science, engineers, the public and First Nations.