2022-06-14 13:00:00 2022-06-14 17:00:00 America/Los_Angeles A Growing Opportunity: Atlantic Bubble to Atlantic Boom University of New Brunswick (Wu Conference Centre),6 Duffie Dr., Fredericton, NB, E3B 0R6

Tuesday June 14, 2022
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

University of New Brunswick (Wu Conference Centre)
6 Duffie Dr., Fredericton, NB, E3B 0R6

About the Event


Public Policy Forum is pleased to host “A Growing Opportunity: Atlantic Bubble to Atlantic Boom” a public dialogue in partnership with the UNB Shaping the Debate. Atlantic Canada is experiencing a moment of growth with population at an all-time high and unemployment continuing to hit historic lows. But there is more to do. The region needs to close the productivity gap by embracing technology and raising up all Atlantic Canadians. This half-day dialogue will address important topics around building a sustainable, technological and science enabled economy that will help close the gap in living standards and economic growth. 

It will unpack key areas that are being explored by PPF’s Atlantic Initiative. 

People: Through hard work and coordination, the negative population trends are starting to reverse in the region, but more needs to be done. Ensuring a growing and productive labour force is critical to building an economy that raises living standards for all Atlantic Canadians.

Technology: A growing population is a positive, but without the training, skills and adoption of critical technology, Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs, businesses, and service providers will be left behind their counterparts.

Enablers: In addition to people and technology, fostering education and training, understanding and adapting to trends including work from home, and optimizing the regulatory framework to support a strong knowledge economy will either enable, or dis-enable a positive path forward.

Dis-enablers: Atlantic Canada does not operate in a bubble. It is not immune to the threats to growth and prosperity. An eye towards healthcare, housing, transportation and infrastructure are important when understanding the environment for inclusive growth for all Atlantic Canadians.


The event will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. AST. at the University of New Brunswick. Details on speakers will be unveiled soon. 

 We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you in–person. 

Frank McKenna Fund
  • Arthur, Sandra and Sarah Irving
  • Joyce Family Foundation
  • Hon. Margaret McCain
  • Hon. Frank McKenna
  • Ocean Capital
  • Gerry Pond
  • Joseph Shannon
  • McInnes Cooper
  • TD Bank Group



(Effective April 6, 2022)
This policy is based on guidelines from Health Canada, Public Health Ontario and local health authorities.

As of March 21, the regulations for mandatory masking have been lifted in most settings. In line with the latest provincial guidance, proof of vaccination will not be required for event attendees. However, we do ask that event attendees are fully vaccinated (2 doses).

With transmission levels still high in New Brunswick, face mask requirements will remain in place. Face masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces on campus. This not only protects you but those around you. Please see the University of New Brunswick’s policy for details.  We encourage everyone to take precautions based on their individual risk assessment and comfort level. If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you do not attend.

Only those who have registered are to attend the event. If a ticket needs to be transferred to someone who is not registered, please email registration@ppforum.ca.

By attending this event, you are voluntarily assuming any potential risk related to exposure to COVID-19.

This policy and measures will remain in place until further notice, will be reviewed periodically, and are subject to change in accordance with public health guidance and developments in our community.

Katie Davey
Matt DeCourcey
Laurel Broten
Katie Davey
Edward Greenspon
Dr. David MaGee
Terry Malley
Mark McAllister
Frank McKenna
Adrienne O’Pray
Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Dhirendra Shukla
Please contact Nina Newman, Senior Event Specialist at nnewman@ppforum.ca, if you have any questions.