News at the University of New Brunswick

Tomorrow s leaders today

Author: Communications

Posted on Oct 28, 2010

Category: UNB Fredericton

Three faculty and staff members from the University of New Brunswick are among the list of final candidates for the 21 Inc. Emerging Leaders Summit, taking place next month.

The summit will bring together some of Atlantic Canada’s freshest and most innovative young minds for a new and inspiring leadership opportunity.  Exceptional leaders, aged 20 to 35, were nominated for the summit, which takes place Nov. 22 to 24 in St. Andrews, N.B.

Fifty young participants will join with their peers and some of the region’s most respected leaders to advance their skills, propel career development and enhance leadership abilities, with the goal of building organizations and communities for the 21st Century.  

The UNB candidates are: Sarah Craig, Leah Levac and Angelique Simpson.

Sarah Craig is an employment coordinator with UNB Saint John’s Faculty of Business.  She is a Saint John native who recently moved back to the city to pursue a Master’s of Business Administration. Craig is currently the Chair of the board for FUSION Saint John Inc., as well as a member of the organization’s Ambassador and Immigration Committees. 

Leah Levac is an instructor and researcher at the University of New Brunswick's Renaissance College.  Her research focuses on policy-making processes and enabling marginalized young women to participate in policy development, and subsequently to understand the leadership, health, and policy impacts associated with such engagement.  Levac is a Trudeau Scholar, a founding member of 21 Inc., and a member of the steering committee for Equal Voice New Brunswick.

Angelique Simpson leads UNB's bi-campus international recruitment efforts.   A graduate of UNB, Simpson’s background is in immigration and international law. She has worked for Journalists for Human Rights in Ghana, China and Guatemala.  She is also President and Managing Translator for Interlingual Inc., a New Brunswick-based translation firm offering services in English, French and Spanish.

“We are very excited to have these three members of the UNB community join the Emerging Leaders Summit and Ideas Festival,” says Tim Coates, executive director of 21 Inc.

“Sarah, Leah and Angelique have demonstrated great leadership and passion in everything they do. They also represent the high level of innovation and talent we have right here in Atlantic Canada.  This will be an opportunity for them to stretch their abilities and equip themselves with the tools and relationships to successfully lead their organizations and communities.”

21 Inc. is a youth leadership group, created in 2005 out of UNB’s Next NB project, an ambitious initiative developed and implemented by former president John McLaughlin to encourage New Brunswickers to talk to each other about the future of their province.  21 Inc. was born in response to some of New Brunswick’s biggest challenges, including out-migration, economic development, regionalism, and poverty.  It now focuses on young people in their 20s and 30s from all sectors, providing them with the tools, professional networks, and confidence to become effective community leaders.

For a full list of candidates and more information about the Emerging Leaders Summit, visit