The board of 21inc. is happy to announce Vanessa Paesani as its new executive director. Vanessa is a member of the 21inc network (2012/13 New Brunswick tour) and since August 2015 has been our acting program director. She brings to 21inc. experience in building sustainable non-profits from her previous work as executive director of The Gaia Project, a green energy experiential learning program for high school students. 

“I and the rest of the board have enjoyed working with Vanessa over the past few months and are excited to support her as she rolls out her vision for 21inc. as we enter our second decade,” said board chairperson Lisa Hrabluk. “Her vision for 21inc. includes a plan to engage more directly with our 250+ network of high-performing Atlantic Canadians and to build on 21inc’s two flagship programs – the 21 Leaders provincial tours and the Top 50 Under 40 Summit – to help develop our region’s next generation of collaborative leaders.”

To begin, 21inc. is introducing two new initiatives this January. The first is the creation of the Inclusion, Equity and Safer Places Standing Committee with the goal to achieve a standard-setting culture of inclusivity and equity so all who are a part of the 21inc community and all who encounter it experience a safe, welcoming, dynamic and supportive environment.

The second is the creation of a 21inc Network Council, composed of Network Ambassadors.  These Network Ambassadors will be volunteer, representative members of the 21inc network in the cities and towns throughout the region where 21inc members live.  Network Ambassadors will help drive local conversations - we’ll be posting more information towards the end of January.

About the organization, Vanessa Paesani said, “21inc has been an organization that has both supported me, and challenged me to grow.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many uniquely talented and driven people, and be a part of optimism for Atlantic Canada.  21inc is part of that optimism – a region-wide network of like-minded, driven people from across all sectors. Our goal over the next year is to engage our network in conversations and events that will help drive the future of the organization.  We will also be working to identify a pipeline of future leaders, and planning robust and meaningful programs that will be part of a larger, national conversation on youth leadership.  I feel so honoured to be part of this work, along with our board of directors, network and those invested in our region”. 

21inc. is founded on a very simple premise: it is time for a new generation to lead. Born our of the Next NB public outreach program in 2004, 21inc. is a non-profit that offers an advanced leadership experience for people between the ages of 20 and 40 has spread to encompass all four Atlantic provinces. Today, 21inc.’s growing network regularly draws upon the intergenerational and multi-sector network to start companies, embed innovation, improve organizational processes, and join a supportive community of intergenerational leaders.

The 21inc board of directors announces the resignation of Nadine Duguay as Executive Director, with immense thanks for her dedication, leadership and passion.

The board has appointed 21inc Community Manager Vanessa Paesani as its interim Program Director while the board conducts an open search for its new leadership and prepares for the Under 40 Summit and Ideas Festival, to be held Nov. 1-6 in Charlottetown, PEI.

“Nadine’s passion for building a network of new leaders to drive deep change gave 21inc the leadership we needed to help our organization grow and develop,” said board chair Lisa Hrabluk. “We wish Nadine all the best in her new role. While she is stepping down as our organization’s leader, we look forward to continuing our relationship with her through 21inc’s 250-member strong network. Bonne chance Nadine.”

Nadine’s history with 21inc began with her participation in the 2010 Emerging Leaders’ Summit and she assumed the leadership of the organization in 2012. As Executive Director, Nadine led 21inc’s expansion of the 21 Leaders program into Nova Scotia (2012/13), PEI (2014/15) and has laid the groundwork for Newfoundland and Labrador’ inaugural 21Leaders in 2016, in addition to starting export opportunities with St-Pierre & Miquelon.

Nadine has accepted a role as Marketing Manager for Atlantic Canada with National Bank.

"I have witnessed 21inc achieve many notable milestones over the last few years, from offering our programs on a yearly and consistent basis across the Atlantic provinces to expanding the network to over 250 alumni,” said Nadine. “My vision was to elevate our profile on an international level and I couldn't be more pleased that this journey will begin during the upcoming edition of our Under 40 Summit with a visiting delegation from St-Pierre & Miquelon. I feel that I am leaving the organization in a solid position and with great board members at the helm who will ensure that the work from previous years will continue."

The board will post its leadership search later this fall.

21inc is pleased to welcome its new board of directors led by chair Lisa Hrabluk. This is a homecoming for Hrabluk, who created the original program with Dr. John McLaughlin in 2004 as part of the Next NB/Avenir NB project at UNB.

"John and I created 21 Leaders for the 21st Century because we believed our region needed to create a network of people who would lead change and it remains, for both of us, a very special organization," said Hrabluk. "I am really excited to work with our executive director Nadine Duguay and our 250 people-strong network to be a part of the change we want to see in Atlantic Canada."

Joining Hrabluk on the executive council are Nick Hounsell as Vice-chair (alum, ELS 2010), Colin Corcoran as treasurer (alum ELS 2010) and Myles Malley as returning secretary (alum, 21Leaders 2012-13). Jordan Brown (alum, ELS 2010) will provide corporate memory and guidance as Past-Chairman. 

The executives wish to welcome the following directors representing Nova Scotia: Amy Schwartz (2013 alum), Steven Dexter (2013 alum), Peter Moorhouse and Duncan Harvie. Returning directors Janelle Bourgeois and Trent Cousins (alum, ELS 2013) complete the makeup of the board for the next year. 

Special acknowledgements and immense sentiments of gratitude go out to directors who have served 21inc for the last 3 years and who are stepping down: Daniel Picard (Interim Chair, vice-chair and treasurer), Alain Parent (Past chairman and Chair) and David Eisnor (Chair of Governance). These three gentlemen have each impacted positively the organization during their tenure in their own remarkable ways.

NS Leaders Program

Study Tour Agenda

November 16th - 22nd, 2014


Theme: Leadership in our province in a time of deep change

Goal of tour: Disconfirming beliefs and perceptions about NB



Sunday, November 16th:


5pm Meet at Delta Barrington, MacKay/Mayflower boardroom, Halifax

5:00 to 7pmWorld Café with Ryan Veltmeyer, Debrief with Ryan and Zoë

7pmDinner at Auction Housewith Catherine Loughlin and Karn Nichols from Saint Mary’s University


Monday, November 17th:

9 :00am to 11 :00Breakfastat Saint Mary’s University with Catherine Loughlin, her presentation on leadership

11am Departure for Lunenburg

12am to 2pm Lunch and Meet with Mark Olivella, COO and David Aulenback, CFO from Composites Atlantic- Dress code: closed shoes are necessary

2:30pm to 4pmVisit the Hub Southshore Centre


4pmTravel to Yarmouth, approximitaly3 hours


7pmDinner at Rudder’s, Yarmouth


8:30pmTravel to Meteghan River, Havre du Capitaine, approximately 50min.  


Tuesday, November 18th:


7:15 Leave for Church Point, approximately 15min.

7:30 to 9am Breakfastwith Allister Surette, President of l’Université Sainte-Anne – talk about renewable energy on the campus, project management and leadership

9 :00 Leave for Wolfville, approximately 2 hours and 10min.


11:30 to 12:30 Lunch Just Us Coffee and meet with Debra Moore, Grand Pré location  


1pm to 4pm 100-year planning session with Ray Ivany at the K.C Irving Environmental Sciences Center, Acadia University


4pm Travel to Millbrook, approximately 2hours

6pm Check-in to the Hotel, Super 8

6:30 to 9:30pm Dinner and Art&Culture session with Gerald Gloade from the Millbrook Community, Super 8


Wednesday, November 19th: Millbrook, Truro, Port Hawkesbury


8am Breakfast at the hotel, buffet style

9 :00 to 11:30Maritime Auto Parts with Andrew MacDonald

12 :00 to 1:30pmLunch and a tour with Laurie Jennings at the Masstown Market

1:30Travel to Antigonish, approximately 1hour20min. 

3:30pm Tour of the Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University  

6pm Dinner at the Frank McKenna Center for leadership with local leaders, St. Francis Xavier University 

8pm Travel to Maritime Inn, Port Hawkesbury, approximately 50min.  


Thursday, November 20th – Cape Breton


7:30amBreakfast at the hotel, Miller’s Café &Grill


8am Travel to Sydney


10:30amto 12:00pmMeet David Alderson, Cape Breton University  

12:30 to 1:45pm Lunch at Flavor on the Water with Scott Morrison, Owner and Chef

2pm to 4pmMeet with Dan Christmas, Membertou Community at Membertou Heritage Park

4pm Leave for Port Hawkesbury, approximately 1h55min.

6:30pm Get back to the hotel Maritime Inn, Port Hawkesbury

7pm Dinner at Miller’s Café & Grill, Maritime Inn


Friday November 21st – Halifax


7:30 am Breakfast at the hotel, Miller’s Café

8am Departure for Halifax, approximately 3hours 50min.

12 :00Packed lunches on the bus

12:30 pm to 2:30pmTour of the Port of Halifax, meet with Port Authorities, 1215 Marginal Rd «Halifax Seaport Farmer’s Market»

3 :00 to 5:30pm«Making the invisible visible», all art by Nova Scotians under 30 addressing subjects like Residential School survivors, Black youth incarceration, fallings of the education system, sexual abuse etc. at the 4th Wall Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, collaboration with AGNS and the Michaelle Jean Foundation with Ryan Veltmeyer, Co-founder and Executive Director – Youth Art Connection, meet with ArtPreneurs and youth artists.

6:15Check-in to the Delta Barrington Hotel

7pmDinner at the Gahan House with alumnis




Saturday November 22nd


8:00am to 9:30 Breakfast at the Delta Barrington with Keith Maryanovich  

10:00am to 12:00amAfricville and the Black Cultural Center  

12:00 Return to the hotel to pick up lunch and debrief

12:30Heading back home 

PEI Leaders Program

Study Tour Agenda

November 2nd to the 6th, 2014


Theme: Leadership in our province in a time of deep change

Goal of tour: Disconfirming beliefs and perceptions about NB


Sunday, November 2nd:

5pm Meeting point: The Great George Hotel,

5 :00 to 7 :00pm World Café with Amanda Hachey, Confederation Boardroom at The Great George Hotel

7 :00pmDinner at Libanese restaurant, Charlottetown

Monday, November 3rd:


8 :00 – 9:15am:Breakfast at Cox&Palmer with Jordan Brown, President of 21Inc. Board of Directors

9:30am to 10:30am:Tour of Holland College, meet with Michael O’Grady, Vice President of Innovation, Enterprise and Strategic Development

10:45 to 11:45amTour of Government House, meet with His Honour Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Gouverner of PEI

12:15 to 1:30Lunch at with Craig Mackie, Executive Director for the Newcomers of PEI at the Merchantman Pub

1:45 to 3:30pm General Queen Elizabeth Hospital Tour, tour of Volunteer Service Department with Kim MacDonald, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator and tour of the Psychiatric Wing with Debbie Flood-Vickerson, Nurse Manager Mental Health Inpatient


3:30 to 5pm Free time

5 :00Meet Kevin Murphy at The Great George Hotel, walking tour of the city to the Sims Steakhouse & Oyster Bar Restaurant 

5 :30 pm to 6 :00pm :Tour of the Sims Corner Steakhouse &Oyster Bar

6 :00pm to 8 :00pm Diner with Alumnis 

Tuesday, November 4th:


8am Breakfastat the Great George


8 :30 amDeparture for New Glasgow

9 :00 to 10 :30am Meet with Bruce McNaughton, The Preserve Company, New Glasgow PEI

11 :00 to 1pmTour of Trent Cousins’ farm in Kensington

1pm Lunch on the way to Victoria

2 :00pm to 3 :30pm Tour of Halibut farm in Victoria

3 :30pmHead back to the Hotel

5pm Return to The Great George

7pm Dinner with Don MacKenzie, Executive Director of Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI at Lobster on the Warf


Wednesday, November 5th :


8am to 9am : Breakfast at the Hotel with Shawn Murphy

9am Departure for Summerside

10am to 12pm :Meet with Mathieu LeBlanc, Owner of ACFOR Forestry Management in Summerside

12pm Lunch Pick up at Samuel’s Coffee House, Summerside

1 :30pm to 2 :30pmTour APM and meet with Tim Banks, CEO and Principal Shareholder (meet at the reception, lower level of the building, Corinne Verleun)

2 :45 to 4 :00pmMeet with Mike Cassidy, President of Coach Atlantic and Tour of the terminal

4 :30Tour of PEI Brewery and meet with entrepreneur Jeff Squires, President

5 to 7pmNetworking at The Great George

7pm Dinner at the Gahan House


Thursday, November 6th:


8am to 9amBreakfast and meet with local historian Catherine Hennessey at The Great George Hotel


9:45 to 11:15Meeting with Jérémie Arsenault du Carrefour de l’Isle Saint-Jean and Stephane Blanchard, Development Agent for youth fromRDÉE PEI, talking about their work for the francophone community of PEI  


11 :45 to 1pmLuncheon PEI Tradeshow – Meetings and Convention PEI


1 :30 to 4 :30pm100 year planning session with Wade MacLauchlan,  at The Great George Hotel

4 :30 to 5pmDebrief and Takeaways with Nadine and Zoë 

Twenty-one young New Brunswick leaders from 21inc.’s  21leaders program are meeting with established leaders throughout the province in collective discussions on how they can exercise leadership during periods of change. Their tour is scheduled to end October 25th.

“ We are all aware that New Brunswick finds itself in a precarious situation, and now more than ever we must be ready to work shoulder to shoulder in finding solutions together, as citizens, so that we can push our province up and forward. Younger and older, women and men, francophones and anglophones, all of us must forge ahead, innovate and work together,” said Jordan Brown, Chairman of 21inc.

Under the theme “ Leadership in our Province in Time of Great Change” the 21leaders will meet such people as John McLaughlin,  21inc. Co-Founder; Andrew Oland, from Moosehead Breweries; Paul Lanteigne, Renewable Energy Co-operative President; Léopold Pinet, of the Centre Bénévole de la Péninsule, and Julie Landry-Godin from the Réseau d’inclusion communautaire de la Péninsule acadienne. 

Yesterday, the 21 young leaders had the good fortune of meeting with André Vincent, Assumption Life CEO and Richard Saillant, Director General of the Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administrationand author of the book Over the Cliff?.

With this tour, 21inc aims to change participants’ perceptions and beliefs concerning New Brunswick and to educate them on their role as citizens of the world.

 “In this era of globalization, all of us have become citizens of the world. But to excel as world citizens, leaders must take care of their country, their province and their own community.  The tour is specifically intended to increase awareness of this reality in the program’s recent graduates, and to inspire them and guide them in this train of thought”, added Mr. Brown.

Last July, 21inc. unveiled the list of leaders emerging from the organization’s program, 21Leaders, a program now being offered in all three Maritime Provinces.


Follow the 21 leaders on social media using hash-tag #21leaders, and on our Twitter account @21inc.


21 Leaders NB program

Study Tour Agenda

October 19-25, 2014

Theme: Leadership in our province in a time of deep change

Goal of tour: Disconfirming beliefs and perceptions about NB


Programme 21Leaders du Nouveau-Brunswick

Programme du voyage d’études

Du 19 au 25 octobre 2014

Thème : Le leadership dans notre province en période de profond changement

But du voyage : Infirmer les croyances et les perceptions concernant le Nouveau-Brunswick


Sunday, October 19th: Moncton

6 :00 - 8:00pm: PLAR Symposium – Prior Learning Awareness Symposium at the Futur Inn Hotel, 40 Lady Ava Blvd, Moncton

Dimanche 19 octobre : Moncton

18 h – 20 h : Symposium sur l’évaluation et la reconnaissance des acquis (ERA) à l’hôtel Future Inns, 40, boul. Lady Ava, Moncton.

Monday October 20th: Moncton & Fredericton


8:00 – 10:00 am:Breakfast meeting at Assumption Life with André Vincent, CEO

10:15 am - 12:00 pm:World Café with Amanda Haché at Venn Centre

12:30 -2 pm : Luncheon with Dan Martell, CEO of Clarity and Roddy Awad, CEO TKS at Dan Martell’s place, Dieppe, 23 Caleb Street, Dieppe

2:30 -4 :00 pm:Meet with Richard Saillant at l’Université de Moncton

Suggested reading or reference: Over the Cliff, Richard Saillant, published 2014

7pm - 9pm:Tour of Picaroons Brewery and meeting with Sean Dunbar, CEO

Lundi 20 octobre : Moncton et Fredericton


8 h – 10 h : Déjeuner-causerie à l’Assomption Vie avec André Vincent, PDG.

10 h 15 – 12 h :Café mondial avec Amanda Haché, au Venn Centre.

12 h 30 – 14 h : Dîner avec Dan Martell, PDG de Clarity, et Roddy Awad, PDG de TKS, chez Dan Martell, 23, rue Caleb, Dieppe.

14 h 30 – 16 h :Rencontre avec Richard Saillant à l’Université de Moncton.

Suggestion de lecture ou référence : Au bord du gouffre?, Richard Saillant, publié en 2014

19 h – 21 h : Visite de la microbrasserie Picaroons et rencontre avec Sean Dunbar, PDG.

Tuesday October 21st: Fredericton-Grand Falls

8:00 to 9 :00 am Breakfast at Hotel with Dominic Cardy at the Crowne Plaza

10 :00 to 12 :00Mental Health discussion with Kyle MacNevin and professionals, Wear your Label studio

12:30 to 2:30 pmLunch at Planet Hatch offices, meet with Sally Ng, ED and other alums

3pm to 5pmDiscussion with John McLaughlin, Dhirendra Shukla and Lisa Hrabluk at UNB, TME about Leading change in a deep era, Offices, H224, TME Seminar room followed by networking session with snacks

Suggested reading: Who gets to lead when we don’t know where we are going or what we want to become? John Mclaughlin & Lisa Hrabluk, October 2014.


5pm to 6pm: Networking session and refreshments


Mardi 21 octobre : Fredericton et Grand-Sault

8 h – 9 h : Déjeuner à l’hôtel avec Dominic Cardy, à l’hôtel Crowne Plaza.

10 h – 12 h :Discussion sur la santé mentale avec Kyle MacNevin et des professionnels, au studio Wear Your Label.

12 h 30 –14 h 30 : Dîner dans les bureaux de Planet Hatch, rencontre avec Sally Ng, directrice générale, et d’autres anciens.

15 h – 17 h :Discussion sur le leadership en période de profond changement avec John McLaughlin, Dhirendra Shukla et Lisa Hrabluk à l’UNB, salle de séminaire H224, TME, suivie d’une séance de réseautage avec collation.

Suggestion de lecture : Who gets to lead when we don't know where we are going or what we want to become? John Mclaughlin et Lisa Hrabluk, octobre 2014


17 h – 18 h : Séance de réseautage et rafraîchissements.


Wednesday October 22nd: St-Quentin/Campbellton/Tracadie-Sheila

7:30 Breakfast at The Quality Inn, Grand Falls  

9:00am - 10:30am:Meet with Groupe Savoie, Alain Bossé, Président et Chef de l’exploitation, President & COO 


12 :00 – 1pmLunch at YMCA of Campbellton with Mayssoum Khatib Nazair, ED and 21inc alum

1pm to 2:30 pmVisit of the new Restigouche Mental Health Hospital

2:45 pm Travel to Tracadie-Sheila, approximately 2hours 15min.

7:00pm -9 :00 pmFondue dinner at La Maison de la Fondue with Camille Thériault, CEO of the Caisses Populaires Acadiennes and Marco Plourde of the Caisses Populaires Acadiennes and Alumni.


Mercredi 22 octobre : Saint-Quentin, Campbellton et Tracadie-Sheila

7 h 30 : Déjeuner à l’hôtel Quality Inn, Grand-Sault.

9 h – 10 h 30 :Rencontre avec Alain Bossé, président et chef de l’exploitation du Groupe Savoie.


12 h – 13 h : Dîner au YMCA de Campbellton avec Mayssoum Khatib Nazair, directrice générale et ancienne de 21inc.

13 h – 14 h 30 : Visite du Centre hospitalier Restigouche.

17 h : Inscription au Centre de villégiature Deux Rivières (chalets).

19 h – 21 h : Souper à la fondue à la Maison de la Fondue avec Camille Thériault, PDG et Marco Plourde (Alumni) des Caisses populaires acadiennes).


Thursday October 23rd: Acadian Peninsula/Moncton

8 to 9amBreakfast at Le Caraquette in Caraquet with 21inc alums, Léo-Paul Pinet, Centre Bénévolat de la Péninsule and Julie Landry-Godin du Réseau d’inclusion Communautaire de la Péninsule acadienne

10:30 am -12:00 pmVisit of Sun Gro Horticulture with Denis Mallet and Denis Paulin (Inkerman) and Adam Savoy, Alumn

12 :15 - 1 :00pmLunch at Taza Café Shippagan, Presentation Coopérative d’énergie renouvelable de Lamèque avec Paul Lanteigne and Adam Savoy, 21inc alum

1 :00 - 2pmVisit a crabe fishing boat and talk about the crabe fishing industry with Martin Noël and Adam Savoy

Visite d’un bateau de crabe et un survol de l’industrie de la pêche avec Martin Noël and Adam Savoy

6:30  pmDiner Red Satay

7:00 pm CD launch of Wanabi Farmeur (Ginette Ahier), Plan B, St.George Street

Reference: Wanabi Farmeur (Ginette Ahier-Mathieu d’Astous)

Jeudi 23 octobre : Péninsule acadienne et Moncton

8 h – 9 h : Déjeuner chez Le Caraquette, à Caraquet, avec les anciens de 21inc, Léo-Paul Pinet, du Centre de bénévolat de la Péninsule acadienne, et Julie Landry-Godin, du Réseau d’inclusion communautaire de la Péninsule acadienne.

10 h 30 – 12 h : Visite de Sun Gro Horticulture avec Denis Mallet et Denis Paulin (Inkerman) et Adam Savoy, ancien de 21inc.

12  h 15 – 13 h : Dîner chez Taza Café, à Shippagan; présentation sur la Coopérative d’énergie renouvelable de Lamèque avec Paul Lanteigne et Adam Savoy, ancien de 21inc.

13 h – 14 h :Visite d’un crabier et survol de l’industrie de la pêche du crabe avec Martin Noël et Adam Savoy.

18 h 30 :Souper chez Red Satay.

19 h : Lancement du CD de Wanabi Farmeur (Ginette Ahier), Plan B, rue St. George.

Référence : Wanabi Farmeur (Ginette Ahier et Mathieu d’Astous).

Friday October 24th: Saint John

10 am- 12 pmTour of the SJ Port Authority

12 – 1:45 pmLunch meeting with City of Saint John - Phil Ouellette, 21inc alum

2:00 - 4:00 pmCreative Development session with Jim Dalling at theInterAction School of Performing Arts, 228 Germain St. 

6:30 pmDinner with Ale House owner, Pete and Jesse Vergen, Executive chef, Lisa Hrabluk


8pmnetworking event with 21inc partners and Fusion Saint John board members, Ale House


Vendredi 24 octobre : Saint John

10 h – 12 h : Visite du port de Saint John. 

12 h – 13 h 45 :Dîner-causerie avec un représentant de la Ville de Saint John, Phil Ouellette, ancien de 21inc.

14 h – 16 h :Séance de développement créatif avec Jim Dalling à l’École InterAction of Performing Arts

18 h 30 :Souper avec le propriétaire d’Ale House, Pete Stoddart, le premier chef, Jesse Vergen, et Lisa Hrabluk.


20 h :Activité de réseautage avec les partenaires de 21inc et les membres du conseil d’administration de Fusion Saint John, Ale House.

Saturday October 25th: Saint John/Dieppe


8:30- 10:30amBreakfast at the Delta and panel discussion on leadership with New Brunswick Leaders

10:30 - 11:30am Take-aways and debrief with Lisa Hrabluk

11:30 amDeparture for Moncton

1:00 pmArrival in Dieppe, 299 Champlain Street, good byes


Samedi 25 octobre : Saint John et Dieppe


8 h 30 – 10 h 30 : Déjeuner à l’hôtel Delta et discussion en groupe sur le leadership avec les leaders du Nouveau-Brunswick.

10 h 30 – 11 h 30 : Leçons à retenir et bilan avec Lisa Hrabluk.

11 h 30 :Départ pour Moncton.

13 h :Arrivée à Dieppe, 299, rue Champlain. Moment de dire au revoir.

Twenty-one young leaders from Nova Scotia, selected by 21inc, are kicking off their 21Leaders program tomorrow. Their first accelerator will take place until September 28th in Grand-Pré.

This leadership development program, which spans over the next 10 months, aims to reunite young leaders and favors exchanges between these individuals, bred of various realities and opportunities specific to Nova Scotia communities. Together with partners, they will contemplate strategies and find solutions with the common goal of ensuring a better future for Nova Scotia.

“Participants will feel the unique benefits of the program experience in all aspects of their work and their community involvement. They will become leaders even more influential than what they currently are”, underlines Jordan Brown, Chairman of 21inc.

In light of the theme “Coming Together”, the participants will meet with David Eisnor, 21inc alumna and current member of the Board of Directors. They will also meet with a local entrepreneur, Pete Luckett, and will visit for the occasion, Luckett Vineyards, of which he is the proprietor.

The young leaders will also attend a conference on mental health, hosted by Angela Johnston, also a 21inc alumna, and will meet with an agricultural producer of the region and deputy of Kings North County, John Lohr.

The newest group will profit from their passage in the region to stop for a visit at the Grand-Pré National Historic Site.

The weekend will end with a training session offered by  Matt Symes of Simplicity Design on performance excellence. Janna Hare, The Mentra Cooperative’s Executive Director, will host a training session on mentoring and mentor-mentee matching and counselling.   

A provincial tour taking place in November will then allow the young leaders to discover or rediscover Nova Scotia’s various regions and realities.

Last July, the 21inc. organization announced its leaders for the 21Leaders program; a program which is now being offered in each of the Maritime Provinces.

Eleven young leaders from Prince Edward Island, selected by 21inc, are commencing the 21Leaders Leadership Development program today, renamed PEILeaders for the occasion. Their first accelerator will take place until September 21st in Montague. 

Moncton (NB) – Thursday September 11th 2014 – Twenty-one young leaders from New Brunswick, selected by 21inc, are starting the 21Leaders Leadership Development program today. Their meeting will take place until September 14th in Edmundston, north-west of the province.

The program, which spans over the next 10 months, aims to reunite young leaders and favors exchanges between these individuals, bred of various realities and opportunities specific to our New Brunswick communities. Together, they will confer on strategies and find solutions with the common goal of ensuring a better future for New Brunswick.

“In order to successfully promote the evolution and the development of New Brunswick’s society, these young leaders must be able to collaborate together, build bridges amongst themselves and better understand each other’s realities. While they all have different interests, different strengths and different knowledge backgrounds, they all have New Brunswick’s future at heart, and want to contribute to its success”, underlines Alain Parent, outgoing 21inc President and Director of Sales, Group Insurance, at Assumption Life.

In light of the theme Coming Together, the participants will meet with the mayor of Edmundston, Cyrille Simard, and 21inc.’s co-founder and alumnae, Lori-Ann Cyr, who also owns Diversis.

The young leaders will also call upon their own creativity during the Creative Development workshop given by Vicky Lentz, and will participate in a visionary discussion led by Gerry Pond, ex-CEO with NBTel, about the province’s next 100 years.

This first session will end with a training seminar offered by Simplicity Design on performance excellence.

An upcoming provincial tour will then allow the young leaders to discover or rediscover New Brunswick’s various communities and realities.

Last July, the 21inc. organization announced its leaders for the 21Leaders program; a program which is now being offered in each of the Maritime Provinces.


Follow the 21Leaders on social media by following the hashtag #21leaders and by following the account Twitter@21inc.

For more details concerning the 21Leaders program:

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The selection process for each group of 21inc’s 21Leaders program within the Maritime Provinces is now completed. Of the 628 candidates who submitted their applications, 54 in total will take part in the leadership training program from September 2014 to June 2015.

“The popularity of our program is undeniable. The selection process has been a colossal task, and we had many excellent applicants. This is a clear demonstration that what we offer has value,” explains Jordan Brown, 21inc’s new Chairman and Associate at Cox & Palmer in Charlottetown.     

In New-Brunswick and in Nova Scotia, 21 young adults aged 40 and under will now take part in the training offered through 21inc’s flagship program. For Prince-Edward-Island, the group will be composed of 12 participants as the program is being offered in the province for the first time. “21 Leaders is the program that launched us. As part of the training activities, the participants will develop leadership skills, and will gain further knowledge in business development. They will also be paired with a seasoned mentor who will accompany them in their development,” adds Jordan Brown.

The training activities begin in September. The participants, in each province, will have four weekend meetings that we refer to as “accelerators”. That’s where the debates for ideas and the sharing of knowledge and experience take place. Afterwards, the provincial groups will tour their respective provinces for a week, so as to better understand the stakes and concerns which define each of them.

“Our participants have been chosen partly on their capacity and their desire to improve their community’s socioeconomic situation. As such, it is essential that they discover the various realities existing in all corners of their respective province,” mentions Susan Holt, member of the Board of Directors at 21inc and President and CEO for the New Brunswick Business Council.

A recent study has shown the significant impact of the work that 21inc does in the development of these leaders and their capacity to generate global wealth for the region.

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For more information:

Jordon Brown

21inc Chairman

Tel: (902) 629-3906

At the last Annual General Meeting with 21inc's membership held on June 19th,  the following directors and executives were elected for the year 2014-15. 

The returning directors are composed of Alain Parent (NB) , Daniel Picard (NB) , Susan Holt (NB) , David Eisnor (NS), Cheryl Stewart (NS), Jordan Brown (PEI) and Nick Hounsell (NL).
The new members are Janelle Bourgeois, Executive Director of the NB Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NB),  Colin Corcoran, Director of Finance and Administration at Choices for Youth (NL), Lisa Hkrabluk-CEO of Wicked Ideas (NB) , and Myles Malley, Marketing Manager at Malley Industries (NB). The board will be looking to add representation from northern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island in coming months.

The executives are as followed:

Chairman: Jordan Brown, Associate, Cox & Palmer and 21inc alumnae 
Past Chairman: Alain Parent, National Director of marketing-groupInsurance, Assumption Life, 21inc alumnae 
Vice-Chair: Daniel Picard, Project Manager, Department of Economic Development
Treasurer: Nick Hounsell, Account Manager-commercial services, RBC Royal Bank , 21inc alumnae 
Secretary: Myles Malley, Marketing Manager-Malley Industries, 21inc alumnae
Strong from its 10 years in existence, 21inc ordered a study on the impact of its programs amongst the young leaders who have benefited from them. The results show that 21inc has a very real and significant influence amongst its participants and with the community as well. More than 200 people have benefited from the organization’s various programs so far.

The study, led by the Jupia Consultants Firm in Moncton, has reached 105 past participants through a survey, which amounts to approximately 50% of all people having benefited from these programs.

The results are astonishing:

-          41% of alumni participants have founded one or numerous businesses or social enterprises in various sectors such as information technologies, arts and culture, manufacturing and real estate.

-          The 40 enterprises owned by the survey respondents create 475 jobs, generate more than 74 million dollars in revenue, contribute to the GDP in the Atlantic for a value of 63 million dollars, and pay between 9.6 and 16 million dollars in property taxes.

-          86% of the group make more than 50 000 dollars annually and 23% make more than 100 000 dollars a year.

-          75% of the alumni are volunteering their time on a regular basis.

-          54% affirm that their participation in 21inc activities was a deciding factor in their decision to stay in the Atlantic region.

In light of these results, the organization’s outgoing president, Alain Parent was adamant on the need to have such an organization in the region. “We need to keep pushing our various programs forward, and maintain the idea and the legacy that those initial 15 participants gave us.” These results were presented during the organization’s AGM, June 19th.

The year 2013-2014 was a very busy one for the organization, which included hosting of the 2nd Emerging Leaders’ Summit which gathered Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 Young Leaders, the 3rd edition of the Ideas Festival with the theme “Collaborate or Evaporate”, and the completion of 21Leaders programs for New-Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

For 21 inc’s Executive Director, Nadine Duguay, these results are well above expectations. “We knew through the discussions that we have with our alumni that 21inc has made a difference in their lives. It is formidable however, to see the magnitude that this impact has had on them and the positive socio-economic benefits in our communities. We have all the reasons to keep evolving,” concludes Mrs. Duguay.

The 21 Leaders for the 21st Century organization (also known as 21 inc.) is rejoicing at the large number of nominations to the 21Leaders Program. The 628 nominations received from all over the Maritimes is a record number since the creation of the program.
Growing mentorship capacity to advance business growth in New Brunswick.

The Mentra Co-operative Ltd (The Mentra) was officially incorporated last week by a group of New Brunswick economic development and innovation
system stakeholder organizations (the working group) to support the creation of a mentorship model that strengthens and fosters capacity in the province while making connections to regional, national and international networks.

“Our vision is creating the most credible, connected and sustainable community of mentors in the world,” said Doug Robertson, president and CEO of Tech South East and chair of The Mentra working group. “We aim to grow mentorship capacity to advance business growth in New Brunswick.”

The stakeholders, as part of this working group, are uniquely positioned to build a program that not only serves the province, but can be first-to-market in its modeling, programming, collective approach and reach. Similar to many start-ups that the program seeks to serve, the program will be developed as a born-global export-ready initiative attracting a range of entrepreneurs across the broader community.

The working group is composed of nine organizations providing initial governance, namely, Tech South East, BioNB, New Brunswick Business Council, Planet Hatch, Pond-Deshpande Centre, New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network, Wallace McCain Institute, New Brunswick Community College and Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology, Management and Entrepreneurship. The working group is also benefiting from the support of Propel ICT -
Launch36, 21inc, Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick, and New Brunswick Information Technology Council for the design and structure of the mentorship program.

Meaghan Seagrave, executive director of BioNB and member of The Mentra working group, said “Like other organizations supporting economic development in NB, BioNB is often calling on the same mentors to help grow businesses in our sector. The Mentra program will develop a world class pool of mentors and become the Centre of Expertise for Mentoring.”

Note: The Mentra is hiring an Executive Director. To apply, please go to CareerBeacon. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2014.

For further information, please contact Marie Jo Thibault (506.650.6111; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Download the 21inc supplement featured in Progress magazine here.
The 50 participants of the 21inc Emerging Leaders' Summit will learn about a new leadership trend during this year's event: authentic leadership. According to this new trend, leaders become motivators and sources of inspiration rather than simply those who give orders and lead. The Summit will be held from October 20 to 23 in Digby, Nova Scotia.
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

21 inc

Phone: 506.380-5958

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Ideas Festival

Nadine Duguay, Executive Director


Phone: 506.380.4986

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The Round Tables came to an end last week, and now 21inc has all the information its jurors need to choose the 50 young people who will take part in the Emerging Leaders' Summit. The jury will meet this Thursday, August 29, to discuss the applications and make their choices from among the candidates.

The jury consists of representatives of 21inc and its partner, Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, as well as ten influential Atlantic Canadians from the world of business and training. "We're so lucky to have these people who live and breathe leadership on an everyday basis, and who truly understand its importance to innovative development," explained Nadine Duguay, the Executive Director of 21inc.

The selection will be based, in part, on the candidates' previous experience as well as the skills they demonstrated during the Round Tables held over the past few weeks. The three main evaluation criteria will be:
• demonstrated leadership ability in their previous or current work,
• identification of professional goals on which their participation in the Summit will have a
positive impact, and
• community involvement which shows a sense of social responsibility.

During the Round Tables, candidates were also asked to demonstrate the authenticity of their current leadership work. Authentic leadership, which is a relatively new concept, encourages leaders to inspire rather than to manage. This philosophy will guide the approach of the Emerging Leaders' Summit, which will take place in October.

The list of the 50 successful candidates will be released on September 16, 2013. "We're really excited to find out who's on the list! The Summit is an important event; it brings people together and creates connections that will benefit participants for a long time," concluded Nadine Duguay.

List of jury members:

Rhonda Tulk-Lane NL
Policy & Advocacy Specialist, Saint John's Board of Trades

Karina LeBlanc NB
Executive Director, Pond-Deshpond Centre

Derek Riedle NB
CEO, Revolution Strategy

Ken DesRoches PEI
Sessional Lecturer, School of Business at University of PEI

Robert Moreau NB
Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, Assumption Life

Ron Lovett NS
Membership Chair, EO Atlantic Canada Chapter at Entrepreneurs' Organization

Kyle Schmeisser NS
Director - Account Management, Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Allison Ramsay PEI
Program Coordinator for Youth and Entrepreneurship, Innovation PEI

Rob Bathurson NS
Senior VP at Colour

Georgette Moffatt NS
DVP of Halifax and Southwest NS, TD Canada Trust
With the candidate nomination process closed, 21 inc, in partnership with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS), begins the selection process to identify 50 candidates who will be invited to attend the Emerging Leaders Summit in Digby, NS from October 20 to 23
Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond 21inc's control, the location for the Emerging Leaders’ Summit and the Ideas Festival 2013 had to change; both will now be held in Nova Scotia. In fact, we had already planned to eventually hold events in all Atlantic Provinces. We are simply going to begin doing so earlier than anticipated.

We hope you’ll join us at the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa ( in October. The actual dates are as follows:

Emerging Leaders’ Summit: October 20th to the 23rd

Ideas Festival: October 23rd to the 25th

We look forward to seeing you there! 

For more information:

Nadine Duguay
Executive Director
(506) 384-7051

It is with great excitement that 21inc has expanded its board of directors to ensure representation from all four Atlantic provinces with the appointment of the following new members:
  • Jordan Brown, a lawyer with Cox & Palmer (Charlottetown, PEI)
  • Krista Walsh, owner of KC Collect! (Montague, PEI)
  • Nick Hounsell, an account manager with RBC Royal Bank (St.John's, NL) and
  • Lethania Martinez, owner of Mayan Accents and Chemical industrial engineer (Moncton, NB). 

Returning board members include:

  • Alain Parent, Director of sales and marketing, Group Insurance, Assomption Life
  • Marc Godin, restaurant Owner
  • Susan Holt, CEO of the New Brunswick Business Council
  • Daniel Picard, Small business Account Manager, ScotiaBank
  • David Eisnor, Business Manager-Altantic, Canadian Youth Business Foundation
  • Cheryl Stewart, Associate Vice President of Academic Advancement, Mount St.Vincent University

The executives for the year 2013-2014 are:

  • Alain Parent, Chair
  • Marc Godin, Vice-chair
  • Daniel Picard, treasurer
  • Lethania Martinez, secretary 
Pictures and Linkedin profiles for each board member can be seen here

21inc. seeks nominations for leadership experience:
The 2nd edition of the Emerging Leaders Summit brings together Atlantic Canada's most promising young leaders age 20 - 35

Dieppe (NB), Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – 21inc is looking for exceptional leaders and entrepreneurs between the ages of 20 and 35 to be nominated for their unique pan-Atlantic leadership experience!

The 21inc Emerging Leaders Summit is an intensive, three-day leadership experience designed to encourage and support young Atlantic Canadians identified as leaders or who have demonstrated considerable leadership potential in their field or workplace. A total of fifty leaders are chosen from hundreds of nomination to participate in the summit. The first edition of the summit generated 407 nominations. This year, their goal is to reach over 500 nominations.
21inc, along with Assomption Vie, is proud to support the Youth Community Engagement category, which recognizes students who demonstrate a sense of initiative, volunteerism and citizenship in their community by presenting a project that meets a need in society. Students will also be judged on the following: demonstrating an exemplary attitude, autonomy, sense of responsibility, personal engagement (time, energy and tasks) and, above all, leadership.  Participation can be individual, as a group or as a school and two winners will be chosen for the category.  The prize package for each will include a $500 bursary as well as two tickets to the upcoming edition of 21inc’s Ideas Festival to present their projects on an Atlantic Canada scale.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge is a the only provincial bilingual business plan competition for high school students, enabling them to develop an idea, research its possibilities, develop a concept and pitch the idea to a panel of expert judges.  Led by Enterprise Greater Moncton and the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Network, the challenge aims to recognize and reward various entrepreneurial initiatives and to instill a passion for business in youth across the province. The 2013 edition will feature three categories: Innovative Business Idea, Summer Venture, and Youth Engagement.

Deadline for project submission is April 12, 2013

To apply: 

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