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The Program
The HOMEbody Symposium is a public engagement initiative of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada


 The HOMEbody Symposium is inspired by the multi-media performance HOMEbody created by acclaimed dancer, choreographer, writer, arts advocate and policy buff, Shannon Litzenberger.



 The HOMEbody Symposium

May 6, 2015



Convention Centre, Fredericton, NB


On May 6th, 2015 an inspired discussion with entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, students, artists, academics, social enterprises and industry specialists, on shaping New Brunswick’s future took place. The packed fully bilingual symposium included hearing stories of emerging businesses, place makers, newcomers and social ventures that are “making it” in New Brunswick.


The HOMEbody Symposium focused on hearing YOUR ideas. Participants were part of the dialogue by telling their story and how to positively promote New Brunswick as a place of innovation and opportunity.



9:30am Registration


10:00 Welcome 


Susan Chalmers Gauvin, CEO Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada

Kathryn Hamer, President Artslink


Special Guest Speakers


• John Bragg,  Chairman & Co-CEO Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd. President; Owner/Founder of Eastlink

• Richard Saillant, Economist and  Director of the Canadian

   Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration, Université de Moncton.

• Noah Richler, award winning Canadian author


11:30am Lunch


12:30pm Stories from New Brunswick Changemakers


  • Greg Hemmings, Founder/CEO Hemmings House, Millennial Dream Project

  • Melani Flanagan, Co-Founder Kinder-Gardian

  • Nancy Mathis, Executive Director, Wallace McCain Institute

  • Jeff Schnurr, Founder and ED Community Forest International

  • Levi Lawrence, Founder Real Food Connections

  • Sean Dunbar, Owner of Northhampton Brewery

  • Moncef Lakouas, Student Leadership Movement

  • Frederic Laforge, Founder & CCO at Smithy Creative Group

  • Jimmy Therrien, The Gaia Project

  • Jacob Powning, Artist and Swordsmith

  • Mohammad Ali M’halla, Owner/Founder, Blue Olive restaurant and international market

  • Mario Allain, President Fundy Pros Specialty Construction

  • Natacha Dugas, CEO PDG at Appfrogs

  • Lori-Ann Cyr, Founder of Diversis

  • Marc Surette, Biomedical Researcher Université de Moncton

  • Rishin Behl, Co-Founder and CTO Resson Aerospace Corp.

  • Michel Losier, Program Director of PowerShift Atlantic and Director of Customer and Community Engagement, NB Power

  • Jasmine Amal, PhD Candidate in Business and Economics; micro-finance, women, and social entrepreneurship.

  • Alyson Brown, Co-Owner, Operator and Production Manager Legacy Lane Fiber Mill.

  • Caroline Savoie, singer songwriter

  • Dr. Shelley Doucet, Jarislowsky Research Chair in Interprofessional Patient-Centred Care

  • Trevor MacAusland, VP Business Development Propel ICT


2:20pm Break


2:35pm Open Space Group Discussion and Action!


What are the stories that really make up New Brunswick?

What is the story that is emerging for NB’s future?

What story do you want to tell about NB?

What are our assets?

What is our brand?

What if our best and brightest are right here?


These stories are the building blocks of why New Brunswick is a great place to live, work, innovate and create.


5:00pm Supper


6:30pm HOMEbody Performance- The Playhouse


8:00pm Wrap-up and Reception – Fredericton Convention Centre


Live music, hosted reception: Changing the world, one beer at a time!


HOMEbody Objectives

The HOMEbody Symposium provided a unique platform for public discourse. The day’s activities and outcomes were documented in: text, photo, film and art and shared broadly with our community and partners.


The HOMEbody Symposium Objectives Were To:

• Encourage a culture of pride and engagement in New Brunswick

• Promote participation in community and civic life 

• Facilitate exchange that transcends age, language, culture and geography

• Increase delegates’ personal and professional networks

• Increase knowledge of current opportunities and initiatives in N.B.

• Provide a vehicle for cross-sectorial networking and information sharing

• Demonstrate the power of the arts in exploring social and economic Issues

• Facilitate the development of projects that make a difference in our community






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