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UNB participates in global entrepreneurship week

Author: Communications

Posted on Nov 22, 2012

Category: myUNB , UNB Fredericton

Participants from the lunch and learn speaker series event at UNB. L to R : Hassan AL-Hassawi, James Mullin, Tyler Mullin, Chris McNamara, Derek Oland, Mehrdad Kiani, Ian Fraser.  Alexander Mullin (kneeling).UNB's Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre brought in a host of well-known guest speakers during last week's Global Entrepreneurship Week. The topic of discussion was The entrepreneurial journey and supporting the ecosystem. Among the speakers were:

  • Derek Oland, Executive Chairman of Moosehead Breweries Limited
  • Ian Cavanagh, CEO of Ambir Solutions.
  • Rivers Corbett, Co-Founder & President of Relish Gourmet Burgers
  • Curtis Howe, Co-Founder & CEO of Mariner Partners Inc.
  • Nicole LeBlanc, Director of Finance at New Brunswick Innovation Foundation
  • Scott Henderson, Investment Analyst at New Brunswick Innovation Foundation
  • Kelly Ashfield, Director of Industry-Government Services at University of New Brunswick
  • Karen Murdock, Director, International Business & Entrepreneurship Centre at University of New Brunswick
  • Kumaran Thillainadarajah, CEO of Smart Skin

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors - introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

The initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 115 countries - with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people.