April 2018

Economic Development: The War for Talent and why NB is Winning

11:30am-1:30pm | One King West - 1 King Street West , Toronto

The three urban centers of New Brunswick are joining forces to discuss their growth strategies, opportunities and challenges. Join Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold, Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien and Saint John Mayor Don Darling in conversation with Opportunities New Brunswick CEO, Stephen Lund to discuss the province’s new approach to economic development.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to dickinson@economicclub.ca by Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

*The views expressed on the Economic Club platform are not that of the Economic Club or its affiliates but of the speakers alone and the organizations they represent*

Dawn Arnold

City of Moncton

Dawn Arnold

Elected as Mayor in May 2016, Dawn Arnold brings a vision to move Moncton forward by building a stronger, more transparent and economically sound City. She was first elected in 2012 as councillor-at-large and quickly earned the reputation of being one of Moncton’s most active, involved and accessible councillors.

In her mandate as Mayor, Dawn, in collaboration with Council, will see through the responsible completion of several key projects. She has also committed to keeping City Hall open for businesses and making it easier for local businesses to grow and thrive.

A strong advocate of transparency and community engagement, Dawn encourages dialogue with residents on important issues with the goal of building a City where individuals of all backgrounds and income levels can live, work and play.

In 1999, Dawn became involved with the Frye Festival and served as its Chair for 15 years. A passionate supporter of local arts and culture, she wanted to create a platform that would celebrate the works of New Brunswick’s French and English authors, put Moncton on the world stage and inspire students to read, write and think critically. The Frye Festival is Canada’s only international bilingual literary festival, and has become one of Moncton’s most popular events, attracting international authors and bringing more than $1 million into the community every year.

Dawn’s passion for her community has also been evident through her leadership in and contribution to numerous events and groups. She was one of the driving forces behind the Hildegard Beautification Project, helped get the new “La Fête du Lobster Roll” food festival going and has played an instrumental role in a wide variety of fundraising campaigns.

Dawn is a recipient of the Order of New Brunswick, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award and most recently, two Paul Harris Fellowships. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has done further education at Harvard, Université Paul-Valéry and Saint Mary's University (ICD.D).

Dawn is married to Paul Goobie and is mother to Emma and Zack. Her favorite activities include Saturday mornings at the Farmers' Market, cycling the City’s trails, cross-country skiing at Centennial Park and supporting the many great restaurants and businesses across the City.

With the energy and passion to grow a better and more dynamic community, Dawn is eager to hear suggestions and ideas from all Monctonians.

Don Darling

City of Saint John

Don Darling

Don Darling was elected on May 9, 2016 as the 59th Mayor of the City of Saint John, New Brunswick. Most of his growing up years were spent in Saint John. He and his wife Patti have raised three grown children in the city.
Mayor Don Darling is committed to growing the Saint John population and economy, and enhancing opportunities for all of its citizens. He brings his business senior executive leadership in the residential construction industry, along with his strong commitment and devotion to serving in public office, to fuel economic momentum and optimism.
Mayor Darling believes in giving back to the community through volunteerism. He and his family are active in the community through volunteerism with sport, and his faith community. He supports many of the city’s non-profit organizations and encourages others to do the same.
He has a deep understanding and appreciation for good governance, risk management and accountability when tackling big issues. Mayor Darling is committed to bringing his leadership, development know-how and collaborative approach to the table, to focus on our city’s growth, prosperity, and putting citizens first.

Mike O'Brien


Mike O'Brien

There are three common threads that weave through Mike O’Brien’s rise to become Mayor of Fredericton – a lifetime of public service, a visionary insight, and a compassion for the less advantaged. Combined with his love for his community, these traits resulted in a City stronger and more inclusive than it otherwise may have been.

Professionally, he made his mark as an engineer, overseeing efficiency innovations at General Motors, Connors Bros. and NB Liquor. But to some older Frederictonians, he may be better known for his days as part of the famed Fredericton Condors, where his pitching took him all the way to a national title and the NB Baseball Hall of Fame.

But it was his work away from the ball diamond that distinguishes his greater legacy. Mike’s dedication to community saw him serve on numerous boards over the years from the Chamber of Commerce to school and hospital committees. But of all the social issues he has tackled, the one he is most passionate about, and the one where he has had the greatest impact, is homelessness. As the founding Chair of Fredericton’s Affordable Housing Committee and later as Chair of the Community Action Group on Homelessness, Mike has been in the forefront of promoting Housing First, a proven model to eradicate chronic homelessness in his City. This effort has put Fredericton on the path to being the first City in New Brunswick to eliminate chronic homelessness.

Hand in hand with his community service in the non-profit sector, Mike also has a distinguished record of elected service. After first being voted to City Council in 2001, he was re-elected in the subsequent three elections, then in 2016 was elected Mayor. While the script for his accomplishments in the Mayor’s chair is still being written, his achievements as a councilor include two that will serve the City particularly well, well into the future.

As Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee, Mike oversaw the adoption of the City’s visionary long-term fiscal plan, and the adoption of the Lean Six Sigma process improvement program. Combined with his focus on social programs aimed at inclusion and leaving no one behind, these two initiatives have positioned Fredericton as one of the most progressive and fiscally responsible communities in the country.

Stephen Lund

Opportunities New Brunswick

Stephen Lund

Stephen Lund is a dynamic leader and expert in economic development with over 30 years’ experience in business development, venture capital and international finance.

Since 2015, Stephen has been the CEO of Opportunities NB (ONB) the provincial crown corporation where he leads a team of experienced professionals to deliver a broad mandate to grow the economy. ONB is bringing new money and new jobs to every corner of New Brunswick and generating a positive return on investment for all New Brunswickers. With Stephen’s leadership, ONB has consistently exceeded results, is outperforming every other Canadian economic development agency jurisdiction on a per capita basis and has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employer’s for two years in a row.

Stephen has a track record of success. As CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. for over a decade, he consistently surpassed targets, assisted in the revitalization of Halifax’s downtown core, and played a key role in the province being dubbed the best-performing region in North America in attracting inward investment.

Stephen’s hard work and commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed. Stephen has been recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada five times in a row, was added to the list of the top 500 most influential people in Financial Centre worldwide, and has been inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO Hall of Fame.

When he’s not working to close deals, you’ll likely find Stephen supporting his community or on the ice. He is currently on the Board for the Conference Board of Canada and has served on boards for the IWK Health Centre and the QE2 Hospital Foundation, champions Junior Achievement, and was the inaugural Chair of the Heart & Stroke Hockey Heroes Fundraiser. Stephen has also participated in the World Triathlon Championships, the Boston Marathon, and the Canadian University Hockey Championships.

Stephen earned a prestigious X ring from St. Francis Xavier University, holds an MBA from Queen’s University, obtained an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and completed executive level studies at Harvard.

Stephen is proud to be back in his home province, with his wife Sandy and their pug Humphrey. They have two sons, Connor and Shaun at university.

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