I like Stephen Lund from NSBI. There are no perfect economic developers so there are folks that will point out what they perceive to be his weaknesses. However, NSBI has done a lot of interesting and successful things and what they have done should be studied. Lund has an editorial in the TJ today.
I think a lot of economic development groups in Atl. Canada don’t want to take advice from other groups in the region. This is the old fashioned prickly rivalries rearing up. Truth is that each province can learn from each other – and should.
I have been an advocate of the NSBI model for ED because it takes away some of the bureaucraticism that makes for serious challenges in some gov. departments.