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U New Brunswick creates advisory board of business leaders to support industry engagement


By David Schwartz
Published: November 22nd, 2021

As part of its ongoing drive to support industry innovation, the University of New Brunswick has assembled a high-powered group of business industry leaders to provide insight to its Research & Innovation Partnerships group.

The initial advisory board, part of the Fulcrum initiative led by the school’s Vice President of Research Dr. David MaGee, brings together five recognized New Brunswick industry leaders: Denis Caron, president and CEO of the Belledune Port Authority; Duncan Gallant, research and evaluation coordinator at the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI); Alicia Roisman Ismach, head of Atlantic Fintech; Beth Webster, vice-president of Populus Global Solutions; and Pat Whalen, chairman and CEO of LuminUltra Technologies.

“We’re thrilled to have such dynamic and committed business leaders join us on this project,” said Hart Devitt, director of UNB’s Research & Innovation Partnerships group and lead for the Fulcrum initiative. “New Brunswick is already home to a thriving innovation community, and we’re very much looking forward to working with this group and with our partners to support economic and social growth in our region.”

The advisory board’s guidance is expected to strengthen relationships between industry and academia and enhance UNB’s contributions to regional, national and global innovation as well as economic growth.

More broadly, the Fulcrum initiative is designed to reorient research partnership activity and facilitate engagement outside of UNB. It seeks to meet its partners where they are, with the support they need, when and how they need it. The effort includes focusing effort and resources in areas where there is a strong opportunity or need, and where UNB can bring a wide range of expertise to bear.

“I wish to thank our advisory board members, all of whom have enthusiastically agreed to share their time and insight with us,” said MaGee. “The passion and experience that they bring to the table will support our vision that UNB plays an important role in bringing together industry, academia, government and community in support of a stronger, healthier and more innovative Atlantic Canada.”

Source: ENC

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