Join this pivotal new conversation in your region to help New Brunswick overcome its most pressing challenge: welcoming more people for a stronger future.
New Conversations sessions like this one will occur in 15 cities and towns for a province-wide constructive dialogue around immigration, the economy, and the vitality and sustainability of our communities. Led by two of the province’s most prominent economists – David Campbell and Richard Saillant – these sessions will present pertinent new economic and demographic research on your region to spark these important conversations.
Lower immigration levels are a big reason why our labour force is declining in New Brunswick while it grows in the rest of the country. With fewer young people and workers, our public services, economic prospects and the vitality of our communities are threatened. In many cases, our industries can’t find the talent they need to expand or sustain their operations; while in other cases, community organizations, public services, and even minor sports teams are shrinking or at risk of disappearing.
We are optimistic that these new conversations will spark new ideas and solutions needed to welcome more people to our communities for a stronger future.
Please join us, and share with anyone you know who may be interested in helping your region grow and prosper.
Richard Saillant is a Moncton-based economist and author. Richard is a former vice-president of the Université de Moncton and director of the Donald J. Savoie Institute. He has also spent nearly fifteen years in Ottawa in various departments, including the Privy Council Office, Industry Canada and Transport Canada. Immediately prior to returning to New Brunswick, Saillant was a director general at Industry Canada, where he advised the government on large foreign takeover proposals, including BHP's failed attempt to acquire Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the largest takeover proposal in Canadian history.
Richard has written or edited four books over the past three years, including Over the Cliff? Acting Now to Avoid New Brunswick's Bankruptcy (2014) and Shale Gas in New Brunswick: Towards a Better Understanding (2014). His most recent book, A Tale of Two Countries: How the Great Demographic Imbalance is Pulling Canada Apart (2016) was longlisted for the National Business Book Award.
David is the former Chief Economist for the New Brunswick Jobs Board and founded his own economic development consulting and research firm, Jupia Consultants Inc., in 2008. Based in Moncton, he is one of Atlantic Canada’s leading economic development consultants. He has worked with more than 40 local, provincial and national economic development agencies, industry associations and government departments in six Canadian provinces and two American states. He holds a certificate in economic development from the University of Waterloo in Ontario and a master’s in business administration from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.