Tri-City Economic Development Agencies Celebrate Innovation

May 2, 2018

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For Immediate Release: May 2, 2018

Tri-City Economic Development Agencies Celebrate Innovation

FREDERICTON, N.B.– Innovation, a cornerstone of the economy, is being celebrated at the Fredericton Convention Centre, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on May 3, in a special event hosted by Ignite Fredericton, Enterprise Saint John, 3+ Corporation, and the University of New Brunswick.

The economic development agencies of New Brunswick’s three largest cities and university have teamed up for this special event to recognize some of the region’s most innovative companies, concepts, and actions through a unique panel discussion on the multigenerational workforce. This event will be followed by the 2018 KIRA Finalists Showcase, and the release of TechImpact’s Innovation White Paper as part of New Brunswick Innovation Week.

This tri-city event was designed to highlight New Brunswick’s history and continued focus on disruptive innovation, as well as how collaboration continues to foster New Brunswick’s world-class companies, products and human resources. “Innovation spans all industries, sectors and ages,” states Ron Gaudet, CEO, Enterprise Saint John. “Our lunch panel is designed to explore the new workplace and how multigenerational organizations present both unique challenges and opportunities, and how innovative companies are embracing the challenge and thriving."

“Innovation in New Brunswick has an impressive story,” says Larry Shaw, CEO, Ignite Fredericton. “2018 marks 20 years of the KIRA Awards. If you review the previous finalists and winners, you see organizations recognized globally for their products and services. This year’s KIRA Finalist Showcase features innovative organizations from all corners of the province who are making a difference in their respective industries.”

“Innovation fuels our economy,” states Ed McGinley, CEO, TechImpact. “One of TechImpact’s priorities is to foster more innovation throughout our entire economy so that we can unlock our region’s economic and social prosperity. This White Paper will share more detail on how innovation is key.” Following the release of the White Paper, there will be a secondary panel discussion with representatives from International Game Technology (IGT), Irving Oil, and McCain Foods.

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

About Enterprise Saint John
Enterprise Saint John is dedicated to achieving steady, long-term economic growth for the communities of Grand Bay-Westfield, Saint John, Rothesay, Quispamsis, and St. Martins by creating opportunities and driving prosperity.

About 3+ Corporation
3+ Corporation is the economic development corporation for Dieppe, Moncton and Riverview, leveraging regional assets to foster new job creation, enhance prosperity, and improve overall competitiveness.

About University of New Brunswick
UNB has among the best student-to-faculty ratios of Canada’s comprehensive universities, and offers world-class programs with a small-university experience. By encouraging initiative, exploration, critical thought and innovation, the University of New Brunswick helps you discover and realize your potential.

About TechImpact
TechImpact is a private sector technology not-for-profit organization that encourages increased innovation in all parts of our economy, regarding their white paper on innovation.

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Media Contact(s)
Tahlia Ferlatte, Ignite Fredericton
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, 506.898.2768

Mark Breen, Enterprise Saint John
Economic Development Officer, 506.648.4996

Keri Alberts, 3+ Corporation
Vice President, Workforce Recruitment & Retention, 506.381.7909

Ed McGinley, TechImpact
Chief Executive Officer, 506.452.7519