New Brunswick Business Council and the Wallace McCain Institute of Business Leadership Announce Roundtable on Entrepreneurship - presented by Aliant, St. Andrews, February 2008

    SAINT JOHN, NB, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - The New Brunswick Business Council and
the Wallace McCain Institute of Business Leadership, today jointly announced
that they will co-host a Roundtable on Entrepreneurship in 2008. The
Roundtable was a key recommendation stemming from the FullSail Summit held
earlier this year in Moncton to strengthen New Brunswick's entrepreneurial
    "Our members recognize they are instrumental in realizing the vision of
building on our province's entrepreneurial heritage," said Business Council
Chair Ed Barrett. "We are committed to playing a leadership role in continuing
the dialogue and fostering an environment where entrepreneurs are supported
and can thrive."
    The Roundtable will bring together emerging entrepreneurs with
experienced and established business leaders, with three primary goals:

    1. To support the creation of more NB-based enterprises
    2. To raise awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship in securing
       New Brunswick's future prosperity
    3. To facilitate communication between players in the New Brunswick

    Roundtable participants will explore and develop an inventory of issues
that emerging entrepreneurs need to understand and master in order to succeed.
Issues will range from understanding and gaining access to capital markets, to
developing leadership potential in themselves and others, to effective
    Derek Oland, Chair of Wallace McCain Institute for Business Leadership,
explained that the topics that spark the most dialogue and interest will be
put to use in the Institute's first year of operations.
    "As a newly launched Institute, we know we need to develop a program that
meets the needs and realities of our economy and those trying to build
businesses in New Brunswick. We believe the Roundtable is the ideal
environment from which to gain insights that can be refined to become the
nucleus of a curriculum the McCain Institute will employ in the first year of
its program," said Mr. Oland.
    The Roundtable on Entrepreneurship will be sponsored by Aliant and will
take place in St. Andrews at the Fairmont Algonquin on February 22nd and 23rd.
Members of both the New Brunswick Business Council and the Wallace McCain
Institute for Business Leadership were invited to participate in the
Roundtable and to sponsor an emerging entrepreneur. Currently, emerging
entrepreneurs from around the province are being selected to participate.
Participants can be in various stages of development, all have demonstrated
the following characteristics:
    - ability to move a concept or idea to commercial reality
    - dedication to New Brunswick and its economic growth
    - involvement in bettering their local community
    - significant growth potential

    About the New Brunswick Business Council

    The New Brunswick Business Council is comprised of the heads of nineteen
of the Province's Leading enterprises. They came together two years ago to
work toward helping to ensure a more prosperous and stable future for
New Brunswick. Entrepreneurship is one of four building blocks the Council has
identified as being key to building a stronger and more confident
New Brunswick.

    Wesley Armour, Armour Transportation
    Ed Barrett, Barrett Corporation
    Normand Caissie, Imperial Manufacturing Group
    Dick Carpenter, Heritage Developments
    Andrea Feunekes, Remsoft
    Yvon Fontaine, Université de Moncton
    David Ganong, Ganong Bros. Ltd.
    David Hay, NB Power
    Bernard Imbeault, Pizza Delight Corporation
    James Irving Jr., J.D. Irving Limited
    Denis Losier, Assumption Life
    Allison D. McCain, McCain Foods Ltd.
    John McLaughlin, University of N.B.
    Derek Oland, Moosehead Breweries
    Gerry Pond, Mariner Partners Inc.
    Jean-Claude Savoie, Groupe Savoie Inc.
    Kelly Shotbolt, Flakeboard Company Limited
    Robbie Tozer, Atcon Group Inc.
    Stephen Wetmore, Aliant Regional Communications
    Michael Wilson, Atlantic Industries Ltd.

    About the Wallace McCain Institute

    The focus of the Wallace McCain Institute is to support the next
generation of senior business leaders in the province to meet the complex
challenges facing New Brunswick. The program will be a catalyst for shifting
the business culture of the province and advancing the values of
entrepreneurship and innovation. The development and deepening of
relationships and networks is fundamental to how the Institute will deliver on
its mandate.
    Programs will range in depth - from a very intensive cohort program where
high potential leaders will interact in a series of experiences, to one-off
workshops and lectures on themes relevant to New Brunswick business issues.
The program will use innovative pedagogy to convene people, share best
practices, assist in the application of learning, and inspire change. The
activity of the institute will be province wide with a physical presence at
Beaverbrook House in Saint John.

    Management Committee:

    Derek Oland           ExecutiveChairman, Moosehead Breweries Ltd
    Barry Bisson          President, Shad Valley
    Jane Fritz VP         Academic, University of New Brunswick
    Gilles LePage         Past CEO of the Mouvement des Caisses Populaires

    Fellows :

    John McLaughlin       President, University of New Brunswick
    Gerry Pond            Chairman, Mariner Partners
    Francis McGuire       Director, CEO and President, Major Drilling Group
    Rob Austin            Professor, Harvard Business School
    Kevin Malone          Former Clerk of the Executive Committee and
                          Secretary to Cabinet, Province of New Brunswick

For further information:

For further information: Wallace McCain Institute: Nancy Mathis,
Executive Director,, (506) 721-3820; New
Brunswick Business Council: Don Dennison, Executive Director,, (506) 444-8919

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