Monthly Archives: August 2019

What can Kamloops teach us about immigration?

New Brunswick’s demographic challenge is pretty easy to define.  The population aged 13-22 is a good proxy of the local talent pipeline for the workforce over the subsequent 10 years.  Some will join the workforce right out of high school, … Continue reading

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The myth of ‘focus’: Economic development’s Big Turk opportunity

One of the most oft repeated mantras in economic development is the need to focus.  “We can’t be all things to all people”.  “We have limited resources so we need to focus our efforts”.  I had a conversation with a … Continue reading

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The best places to live in Canada, hmm

I know this is going to sound like sour grapes, but so be it. MacLean’s magazine is out with its list of the 2019 best communities to live in Canada.   Almost all the best places to live are in southern … Continue reading

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Are efforts to attract international students facing the “why would anyone want to….  …. in New Brunswick?” challenge?

A few months ago I had the opportunity to interview the general managers of multiple national and multinational firms with operations in New Brunswick.  Many of them told me they would be very happy to hire immigrants to grow their … Continue reading

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