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DECEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER
Fredericton Named National Startup Community of 2016
As set out in the Vision 2020 Economic Development Strategy, Fredericton achieves its ‘Startup Capital of Canada’ vision having been named the national ‘2016 Startup Community of the Year’ by Startup Canada. The award was co-accepted by Taskforce Fredericton Startup Network, comprising over twenty strategically aligned entrepreneurial organizations, and the City of Fredericton.

Larry Shaw, CEO of Ignite Fredericton/Planet Hatch/Knowledge Park commented “This milestone is shared by our entire startup community, which truly exemplifies what can be achieved when we are all rowing in the same direction!”...
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Business Survey Results
The business retention and expansion project (BRE) was carried out earlier this year by Ignite Fredericton, in collaboration with Opportunities NB.

Its goal was to proactively identify issues, challenges and opportunities related to
business growth and expansion in the Fredericton region...View Results

 
INNOVATION DISTRICT TOUR
Aerial Tour
Fredericton's Innovation District
Watch this captivating aerial tour of our Innovation District, a two kilometre radius encompassing over 60 research and development organizations, anchored by Knowledge Park and the University of New Brunswick...Watch
 
NEWS
Career Fair Showcases 400+ Local Jobs
The People, Skills, Jobs: Career Fair connected the Greater Fredericton Region’s general population with existing opportunities and jobs within the local region. With 50 booths highlighting current & future employment opportunities, employers were able to meet with job seekers & conduct interviews on site...Read More
SimpTek Victorious at Tech Fast 50
SImpTek Technologies was recognized with a Companies-to-Watch Award as part of the Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ Awards for its innovative technology, leadership and early stage growth. SimpTek is the only company from the Maritimes that won in this category along with 11 other Canadian companies...Read More
NBIF Invested $3.8M in VC 2015-16
The province’s innovation agency released its annual report for the last fiscal year, showing the completion of 24 investments in 22 companies! Almost half of NBIF’s expenditures or investments went to startups and growth companies, which received $5.2 million...View Report
LIPF Launches New Settlement Strategy
The LIPF is a community-driven solution to address immigrant integration. Following a strategic planning process, which included a gap analysis to identify integration obstacles, and an asset mapping of settlement service organizations, the LIPF Council identified three key priorities...Read More

 
EVENTS
Holiday Social & SimpTek Celebration December 8
This is not your average holiday social! On top of festive food, drink and music we will also be celebrating the recent accomplishment of a local start-up success, and one of our valued clients, SimpTek Technologies! Register
Open Data Atlantic
Today

Share best practices within the open data movement while addressing areas of improvement and potential barriers. Theme: Transportation. Register
Xmas Business After Hours
Today

Join the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce for an evening of networking with the local business community, business owners and entrepreneurs. Register
HIVE Coffee Chat
December 2

You are invited to join the HIVE Incubator on Friday December 2nd for a special Coffee Chat to discuss the "Immigration Journey." Register
Trade Barriers in Atlantic Canada
December 13

This webinar is a must for any business person in Atlantic Canada hoping to reduce red tape and costs associated with doing business in other provinces. Register
China Market Symposium
December 15

Opportunities New Brunswick (ONB) is hosting an Asia market symposium focused on China to explore key elements of doing business in Asia. Email Robby Shen
Annual Canadian Lean Summit
April 24-27

The City will be hosting its 2nd Annual Canadian Lean Summit, bringing together lean practitioners and those interested in process improvement from all over the country. Register

 
JOBS
NATURAL RESOURCES PORTAL
Ignite Fredericton is a leading force in the Natural Resources Taskforce, an initiative that leverages and cultivates economic growth through responsible natural resource development. A large portion of the Taskforce's responsibilities involves monitoring the Pipeline Proposals:

The Benefits of Pipelines: Natural Resources Taskforce Op-Ed
The TransCanada Energy East pipeline project, which is entirely private-sector funded, is valued at over $15 billion. As of this past August, it was in the review stage by the country's regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB) with an anticipated recommendation by March 2018. As of August. Read More

Energy East review to restart with soon-to-be-named NEB members
Following the decision to approve the Kinder Morgan and Line 3 pipeline proposals, the federal government has said that the National Energy Board will be appointed with three new members "in the next few weeks”. The three fully bilingual and temporary members will replace the three members of the Energy East review panel who recused themselves in September.
POPULATION GROWTH STATION
Immigration and Newcomer Retention in NB
Despite provincial plans and programs intended to attract and retain newcomers and skilled immigrant workers, many are moving onto other regions after landing in New Brunswick. In order to better understand what influences retention rates, we spoke to Ignite Fredericton’s Population Growth Specialist, who has been working with immigrants and newcomers for years, and is well-versed in what affects their decision to stay in New Brunswick.
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STARTUP CORNER
BCorp Bootcamp: December 5
Learn of a growing community of 1,600+ certified BCorps redefining success in biz. Register

Open Co-Working Day: December 7
Grab a free work space or conference room at Planet Hatch every Wednesday. Register

Office Hours: December 7
Meet with our batch of hand-picked experts for free business advice. Register

 
CULTURE HUB
Enabling Innovation within the Arts
Gleaner Column
In this month’s column, Ignite Fredericton's Economic Development Specialist, Laurie Guthrie, will talk about some initiatives designed to help our vibrant art and cultural community convert their innovations into viable business enterprises.
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New Location for Performing Arts Centre
The city has committed to a $14M investment into the new Performing Arts Centre project to be leveraged against funding from other levels of government and the private sector. After months of research, consultation and planning, Mayor O’Brien announced where the new Performing Arts Centre will be built. 
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