Opportunities Summits a success
21 April 2016
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government heard from more than 1,200 participants as part of the Opportunities Summits held since September 2015.
“By working with the private sector, stakeholders and experts, we will create economic growth in New Brunswick,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “The government does not have all of the answers. Understanding the challenges and opportunities of our sectors is, therefore, crucial.”
Throughout the summits, recurring themes emerged on ways to grow a highly skilled workforce, expand innovation capacity, increase access to capital for the private sector, increase investment in strategic infrastructure and develop a more nimble government and policy environment. The opportunities identified are being reviewed and evaluated for development as part of an economic action plan for the province.
Led by various government departments and the Jobs Board Secretariat, 22 Opportunities Summits were held in 16 communities. The final summit was held April 19.
The summits brought together industry associations, startups, First Nations, non-profits, academia, youth, artists, unions, advocacy groups and different levels of government to identify new prospects for creating jobs and economic growth opportunities in the province.
“Through listening to all the New Brunswickers who participated, it is clear they want the government to invest in education and training to develop a skilled workforce,” said Gallant. “This is exactly what we will continue to do.”
Summit-specific reports are available on the New Brunswick Jobs Board website. A final report highlighting the discussions from all the summits will be available in late spring.