Fredericton Receives Honourable Mention

September 5, 2017

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For immediate release: September 5, 2017, 11:00 AST

Fredericton receives honourable mention in Site Selection’s 2017 Canada's Best Locations Rankings

FREDERICTON, N.B. - Fredericton (Ignite Fredericton) receives honourable mention in Site Selection Magazine’s 2017 Canada's Best Locations rankings.  Fredericton and Halifax were the only two Atlantic Canadian cities to make the publication’s list used by site selectors and expansion planning decision-makers.  Evaluation criteria was based on project data, regional partnerships, proactive and innovative programming, and quality data/ web tools/ resources.

With NAFTA renegotiation looming, Canada's Ambassador to the US David MacNaughton tells Site Selection, "Ninety percent of the trade between us goes on without a hiccup." As for the 10 percent that he calls "irritants," he says, "we need to figure out how to sort those out and expand trade, not curtail it." The real opportunity "is to figure out how North American companies can become more globally competitive" and take on the world. One way is via the clusters of opportunity found in Canadian places large and small: life sciences in downtown Toronto, cybersecurity in Fredericton, ICT in Ottawa, AI in Winnipeg. "People are finding that there are pockets across the country where surprising things are happening," he says, thanks to the nation's richest natural resource: human talent.

“The annual Canada’s Best Locations feature sheds additional light on Canada’s many location options for corporate site selectors," says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. "We salute the provinces and communities that made this year’s rankings.”

The top Canadian Competitiveness Award was awarded to the Ontario Investment Office, for qualifying new corporate facilities and expansions based on corporate end-user facility investment and job creation data derived from the publication’s proprietary Conway Projects Database (April 2016-March 2017) and the magazine’s research.

2017 Canadian Competitiveness Rankings
1. Ontario Investment Office
2. Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
3. Invest Québec

2017 Canada's Best Locations (alphabetical order)
Calgary Economic Development
City of Mississauga Economic Development Office
Montréal International
Invest Ottawa
Québec International
Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority
Toronto Global
Vancouver Economic Commission
Waterloo Economic Development Corporation
WindsorEssex Economic Development

2017 Canada's Best Locations Honorable Mention
Invest Barrie (Ontario)
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (Alberta)
Ignite Fredericton (New Brunswick)
Invest in Guelph (Ontario)
Halifax Partnership (Nova Scotia)
City of Hamilton Economic Development (Ontario)
Kingston Economic Development (Ontario)
London Economic Development Corporation (Ontario)
Niagara Economic Development (Ontario)
Economic Development Winnipeg (Manitoba)

About Site Selection Magazine
Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 45,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection and its affiliated e-newsletters are also available via Site Selection Online. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Conway since 1954 has been a trusted advisor to corporations, government economic development and investment promotion agencies around the world. Conway owns and manages Conway Events; Berlin-based FDI consultancy Conway Advisory; and New York-based Conway PR & Marketing. Conway also manages the Industrial Asset Management Council. Conway also operates a Custom Publishing Division, and employs over 80 people in 10 offices in seven countries.

About Ignite Fredericton
As the community’s economic development catalyst agency, Ignite Fredericton is focussed on business growth and attraction, population growth (student retention, immigration, repatriation), and various strategic initiatives to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Media Contacts:  
Laurie Guthrie, Economic Development & Marketing Specialist, Ignite Fredericton, 506-444-4686,
Adam Bruns, Managing Editor, Site Selection,, 770-325-3491