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Act Two: Greater Moncton

  • Riverview Arts Centre 400 Whitepine Road Riverview, NB Canada (map)

Advancing Community Together!

ACT Two is calling your name…if you are an employee or entrepreneur, in non-profit or government, a Gen X, Y, Millenial or even a Boomer….you seriously need to join us…to intentionally become better informed and more engaged in your community’s future.

We’ll continue to confront head-on the current narrative of challenge and economic struggle in Atlantic Canada, by coming together as a community to focus on solutions and progress.

Don Mills of Corporate Research & Associates advocates that in order to rise above the current climate, Atlantic Canadians must overcome the following key challenges:

  • Focus on our next generation of leaders by building a culture where they want to raise their families and make a positive impact

  • Increase the number of immigrants and newcomers to our community by focusing on inclusion

  • Build an entrepreneurial ecosystem

ACT Two will spark possibility and build a connection between these various groups mentioned above and the seasoned leaders within our community.

Our speakers will inspire community projects and innovation by clearly acknowledging the current situation and painting the picture of possibility – a Greater Moncton that retains our young people and newcomers because they are able to live, work and achieve their dreams here.

NEW for ACT Two is if your calendar only permits you to attend a half-day…we’ve got you covered…various packages are available! Lunch is included in the full day tickets only.

Please note:

  • Registration starts at 8:30 am for the morning/full day sessions

  • Registration starts at 12:30 pm for the afternoon session

  • Tickets are transferable, non-refundable

  • Excited to share the line up of speakers for the day along with a sprinkling of other impressive surprises!

Emcee for the day

Nadine Duguay-Lemay: Chief Executive Officer of Dialogue NB. Nadine has acquired a wide variety of experience in the public, private and community sectors. Her personal and professional background is characterized by her strong community and social involvement and her desire to create a more inclusive and tolerant society.

Morning Speakers (9am-Noon)

Don Mills
CMRP, FMRIA, Chairman & CEO 
Co-founder, Corporate Research & Associates Inc.

One of Canada’s foremost market research and public opinion experts, strategic public affairs consultant, active industry and community volunteer.

Kirby Sexton
Director of Operations with A1 Personnel Solutions

Kirby spent nearly 3 decades in western Canada working in Hospitality and Telecommunications and returned to Moncton in 2016. A1 Personnel is focused on supporting immigration and newcomers who often struggle to adapt to our local culture and job market thus A1 Employment Concierge service was born.

Ken MacLeod
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Sistema NB

Ken MacLeod, a leader in the non-profit sector for 30 years, has been described as the ‘Virtuoso of Vision’ (Nuts, Bolts and a Few Loose Screws, Gair Maxwell) for his work with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Sistema NB. Ken is Founder and President of KMA Consultants, specializing in fundraising and communications among nonprofit organizations, and is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick.

Matt McKeigan
Program Director, Boys & Girls Club of Riverview

He has been working with youth since the age of 14. He has been volunteering at summer camps and youth groups ever since. A recipient of the United Way’s Kim Halliday award, Matt developed a curriculum for the Riverview Raise the Grade program that focuses on helping high school students explore careers related to their hobbies.

Afternoon Speakers (1–4 pm)

Frederic Gionet
Vice-president of the 3+ Corporation team, Greater Moncton’s Regional Economic Development Corporation

It is at 3+ where he is regularly called upon to assess industry opportunities, plan / promote economic projects and oversee business development initiatives within a diverse set of sectors. As a multidisciplinary big picture thinker, he is a seasoned opinion leader in Economics, Marketing, Technology and Change Management subjects. He is known for his brilliance at creating disciplined, well-researched and powerful representations of complex political and social ideas.

Melody Munroe
Wee College

For over thirty years, Melody’s focus in bringing high-quality childcare programs for children and families has never wavered. As a result, Wee College was born and the passion and desire to empower parents, inspire teachers and create an environment of living, loving and learning for children. Melody believes that investing in children today works to build our tomorrows and that contributing to the lives of children and families creates stronger communities.

Melody’s entrepreneurial spirit has taken her programs worldwide all because she challenges existing conventions, experiments with new paradigms and develops best practices while advocating for change. Her favourite role is inspiring those around her to think outside the box.

Topher Kingsley-Williams
CEO and Co-founder of Porpoise

He was born and raised in the UK, and emigrated to Canada at age 11, although it is neither British nor Canadian #identitycrisis (ask him about that). Topher got started in the technology industry in 2008 working for one of the largest open-source software companies in the world, Red Hat, doing channel development. This opened his eyes to the software scene and how big companies were using corporate culture to attract, and engage the next generation of workers. Post Red Hat, Topher went on to work at a number of startups wearing multiple hats from channel development to sales. In 2014, while volunteering at a local community project, he met his two co-founders. Inspired by their collective community work, they launched Porpoise – An employee engagement platform for companies to enable their people to participate towards corporate culture and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

Sophie Anne Theriault
Intellectual property lawyer and consultant

Technology transfer and knowledge mobilization expert, start-up and strategic “out-of-the-box” advisor for small and medium businesses, problem solver, innovation passionate, disrupter and mom boss Sophie-Anne Theriault, LLB brings over fifteen years experience in creating strategic collaborations to leverage financing for major projects across Canada through new collaboration methods and matchmaking.

In the last year, Sophie-Anne decided to start up a technology transfer and knowledge mobilization consultant firm. Her services are designed specifically on client need and market trending in most sectors with a novel model called the “Flip Model” (trademark pending), enabling collaborations and innovative ways in which to start up or grow your company.

A mom of two active your boys, Sophie-Anne has designed a mom/parent-friendly guide to starting up your business in a family-friendly environment where she empowers her children to be a part of the entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovative methods.

Can’t wait to experience the energy and enthusiasm from all those who attend…THANK YOU for investing in yourselves and having passion and pride in our community!!