Fredericton Spotlight for New Brunswick Innovation Week

April 22, 2016

Media Release, Planet Hatch




Fredericton Spotlight for New Brunswick Innovation Week

FREDERICTON, NB – Ignite Fredericton, the community’s economic development catalyst agency, has partnered with the federal and provincial governments to organize events for New Brunswick Innovation Week including the KIRA Awards. 

The week will start off with three days of activities designed to inspire and create a new culture of innovation among all ages and experiences, and then end by celebrating and recognizing the province’s finest in innovation and outstanding achievement at the KIRA Awards.

“Innovation is a changemaker for Canada.  It represents endless opportunities that build on competitive regional advantages, and supports the diversification of communities across our country,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). “The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is pleased to invest $240,000 in Innovation Week and the KIRA Awards to engage innovators, inspire youth and create a culture of innovation and an environment where businesses can grow and generate wealth for Canadians.”
“Innovation Week activities and the KIRA Awards will create a new spirit of engagement with people of all ages and experiences while also highlighting the region’s best innovators,” said Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton. “By working together with our businesses, community leaders, research and learning institutes, and especially our youth, we will continue to build and promote an innovative economy that encourages new investments, exports and growth while creating well-paying jobs for this area.”

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

“New Brunswick has a long history of innovation,” said Premier Brian Gallant, who is also the minister responsible for innovation. “Innovation Week is a time for us to promote and accelerate innovation in our province. We are pleased to support Innovation Week as it provides the opportunity to celebrate the substantial work of New Brunswickers, our businesses and those with an entrepreneurial spirit as they question the status quo.”

The New Brunswick innovation strategy focuses on building a “smart province” through open data, digital government and innovative partnerships like NB+ and growing public and private R&D investment with partners like NBIF, NBHRF, RPC, BioNB, post-secondary institutions, and advancing the innovation labs model to grow both social and technological innovation in the province.

“Fredericton has a great story to tell with over 60 R&D organizations located in the City’s Innovation District, a two kilometre radius, anchored by Knowledge Park and the University of New Brunswick.  UNB is pumping out 75% of New Brunswick’s university-related research, and we have leading edge companies graduating from Planet Hatch,” commented Larry Shaw, CEO of Ignite Fredericton/ Knowledge Park/Planet Hatch. “This is a wonderful opportunity to profile and recognize New Brunswick’s finest, and truly inspire our community towards a culture of innovation!”

During New Brunswick Innovation Week, there will be a series of events occurring around the province with the Fredericton-based events taking place from Tuesday, May 3rd to Thursday, May 5th as follows:

May 3rd Youth Day - Targeting high school students from Fredericton High, Leo Hayes and Oromocto.  The event is intended to inspire the students towards a culture of innovation, to carve their own career path, and pursue career opportunities where there will be future workforce demand.  This half-day event will feature innovation pioneers, thought leaders, young entrepreneurs, and keynote speaker Jennifer Corriero - innovation and youth expert.

May 4th Research/Academia Day - Learn about leading-edge research and commercialization taking place at the post-secondary school level in Fredericton.  From labs to start-ups, join researchers, young entrepreneurs as well as students to see how they are leading innovation in New Brunswick.

May 5th Business Day - The business community is invited to look at how innovation can (and is) shaping our province.  The morning features keynote speakers Alex Coqueiro-Amazon Web Services, and Leonard Brody - entrepreneur, venture capitalist, best-selling author and Emmy nominated media visionary.  There will be a casual lunch to showcase the KIRA finalists to give the public an opportunity to learn first-hand about these game-changing companies and organizations. The KIRA Awards for innovation will take place during that evening. For KIRA tickets visit here

Please visit this page for communications to-date related to Fredericton programming

Media Contacts
Laurie Guthrie, Economic Development & Marketing Specialist

Ann Kenney, Senior Communications Officer - ACOA

Amanda Brown, Communications Officer - Province of New Brunswick

About Ignite Fredericton
Mission: Fuelling Entrepreneurs for Economic Growth!
Vision: Startup Capital of Canada

As the community economic development organization, Ignite Fredericton provides free and confidential business counselling and tools to help entrepreneurs start, grow or locate a business.  Core functions include:

Supporting Entrepreneurs
Attracting & Retaining Talent through Immigration, Student Retention & Repatriation.
Strengthening the Economic Development Ecosystem through Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships.

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