Fifty young people under 35 from throughout Atlantic Canada have been chosen by 21inc to participate in the Emerging Leaders’ Summit to be held in Digby from October 20 to 23.What sets these young people apart and brings them together is their common will to help develop Atlantic Canada and help the region prosper in order to ensure everyone has a better quality of life. The Summit will provide them with new tools to accomplish just that.
“Following a call for nominations, the selection process began, first by meeting with the candidates through a series of roundtables held throughout the Atlantic region. A jury then evaluated the entries thanks to the information received as well as their behaviour during the roundtables. It wasn’t easy, because all the candidates were excellent”, says Nadine Duguay, Executive Director of 21inc. “We also wish to recognize the excellent work accomplished by the firm Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS) during the selection process. Their team did a fabulous job!”
Immediately following the Summit, established leaders from various sectors will join the participants for the 21inc’s 2013 Ideas Festival. From October 23 to 25, under the theme “Collaborate or Evaporate”, provocative conferences and animated discussions will allow participants to reflect both individually and collectively on their ability to participate in the effort to develop Atlantic Canada. This will, without a doubt, become the fall’s premier motivation and creation event.
The Summit project is a continuation of 21inc’s activities. The organization’s goal is to develop a form of entrepreneurial leadership among Atlantic Canada’s youth in order to ensure a prosperous, renewable and strong economy for the region. According to the chairman of 21 inc’s board, Alain Parent, “Our efforts are focused on the 20 to 35 age group because we believe that the fact of receiving coaching at this moment can go a long way toward helping them develop their leadership skills and create a network of peers and mentors”. In fact, the organization is currently undergoing an expansion phase that aims to include all of Atlantic Canada in the various activities it has planned.
Between now and the start of the Summit, participants must organize activities in their own communities to start leaving their legacy. Organizers expect the young leaders to become better known in their own region in order to help them expand their network and, in turn, allow them to practice what they have learned.
Leadership will be at the heart of the Summit’s teachings. One of the featured themes will be authentic leadership, a concept where new leaders aim to inspire and motivate rather than simply leading.
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Click here to view the list of the jury members.
About 21 inc
The 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, ommonly known as 21 inc. is an innovative 'action tank' dedicated to fostering entrepreneurial leaders between the ages of 20 and 35 across Atlantic Canada. Our vision is of an Atlantic Canada with the entrepreneurial leadership required to be prosperous, sustainable, and resilient in an interconnected and global 21st century. The organization was incorporated in 2007 following the Next New Brunswick initiative, an initiative that brought together 21 youth leaders for a 1-year program exploring the future of New Brunswick. Since then, the organization has emerged as one of the more promising youth-driven organizations in our region, having graduated close to 150 youth leaders from their programming (21Leaders and Emerging Leaders Summit) and promoted innovation and regional cooperation through two successful 'Ideas Festivals' events. 21 inc is supported by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), as well as by the Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. 21 inc is supported by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), as well as by the Provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.21 inc is supported by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), as well as by the Provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Among the business partners are the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), Ernst & Young, RBC Royal Bank, and Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette.
Emerging Leaders’ Summit
Nadine Martin, Project Manager
Nadine Duguay, Executive Director