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Call for judges for the River Valley Regional Science Fair, April 19th March 28, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in April 2012, General Notices.
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Last year New Brunswick’s Farouk Selouani, a Grand Prize winner at his regional science fair, moved on to win a national Gold Medal-Intermediate Level (Grades 9 and 10) at the Canada-Wide Science Fair for creating software that could help doctors determine if a breast biopsy is malignant (cancerous) or benign. Taking data from a breast biopsy, a doctor can enter nine parameters into his online software. Using statistical models, the software determines the likelihood that the biopsy is either benign or malignant. From solving problems, improvement of products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas, the student research developed through the New Brunswick Regional Science Fairs program touches upon our most strategic industries and areas of research. The use and application of technology is intrinsic to the applied science projects found in the annual New Brunswick Regional Science Fairs. Held in three locations annually, the regional science fairs bring together the participants and projects selected to advance from the school districts 2, 6, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, & 18. (more…)


UNB CS Research Expo, April 10, IT community welcome March 27, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in April 2012, Event, General Notices.
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The Faculty of Computer Science at UNB in Fredericton is pleased to invite you and your colleagues to the Ninth Annual Faculty of Computer Science Research Exposition.  This year’s event promises to be their biggest and best yet, featuring some of New Brunswick’s biggest names in both the public and private sectors, along with showcasing the latest in their faculty and student’s research.  The Faculty invites you to join them for the day on Tuesday, April 10th at the Wu Conference Centre (6 Duffie Drive, Fredericton, NB), beginning at 8:45am. Or drop in for part of the day.  Lunch and nutrition breaks will be provided.  There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration is required by April 2nd.  You can do this either online at: http://www.cs.unb.ca/research-expo/registration.htm or by calling (506) 453-4566.  A partial list of featured speakers follows.

Opening Remarks:

Dr. H. E. A. (Eddy) Campbell, President, UNB

Anne E. Bertrand, Q.C., Access to Information and Privacy Commissioner

Dr. Gregory Kealey, Provost & Vice President (Research),

UNB Mary Goggin, Co-founder, Accreon Inc.

David Baxter, VP Innovation, T4G

Mike Richard, Senior Project Manager (Technical), City of Fredericton

Panel Discussion: The Innovation Challenge in New Brunswick

Moderated By: Dr. H. E. A. (Eddy) Campbell, President, UNB

Panel members:

Hon. Craig Leonard, Minister of Government Services, MLA, Fredericton-Lincoln

Hon. Victor Boudreau, MLA, Shediac‹Cap-Pelé, Leader of the Opposition

Gerry Pond, Chairman, Mariner Partners

Calvin Milbury, President & CEO, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF)

Chris Boudreau, CEO, ClinicServer

Sandy Bird, CTO, IBM Security Systems Division

For more information, please visit the event website at: http://www.cs.unb.ca/research-expo/ or call (506) 453-4566.

Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, nominations deadline April 20, 2012 March 23, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in General Notices, News.
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CanWIT celebrates female entrepreneurship and innovation each year with the presentation of the Sara Kirke Award. Nominations are now open for 2012.

The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented to the woman who has shown the most outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership — leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada’s advanced technology industry. The purpose of the Award is to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and create positive role models for women. For details please see http://www.catawit.ca/Mission_Vision/Sara_Kirk/ (more…)

Luncheon event, Women in ICT, April 25 March 23, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in April 2012, Event.
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Our next Women in ICT luncheon will be held at Isaac’s Way, Fredericton, on Wed, April 25, from noon until 1 p.m.  Our guest speaker for this spring gathering will be Kathleen Howard.

To register (or let us know you won’t be able to make it) please go to the doodle link:  Reservation Doodle .  Our venue is limited to 40 people, so make sure to register early so you aren’t disappointed.  We look forward to a good turnout. (more…)

Women on Boards Workshops, March 23 (E), 28 (F), 29 (E) March 20, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in General Notices, March 2012.
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This is an opportunity for women who would like to learn more about how Boards work, how to participate and contribute.  The world needs more qualified women to serve on Boards. Think about pursuing this opportunity.

Seeking pilot participants for a one-day Women on Boards workshop, followed by one-on-one coaching.

Sessions taking place in Fredericton and Moncton this month.

For more details, see below.  Space is limited; reserve your spot today.

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Invitation from the Consulate General of Canada to participate in the TechWomen Canada Program! March 20, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in General Notices, March 2012, News.
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On behalf of the Consulate General of Canada, you are invited to apply for an exciting pilot program, TechWomen Canada.

The Techwomen Canada program aims to connect and support Canadian women in the Information and Communications Technology sector to their peers in Silicon Valley.  This outreach initiative will expose the Canadian women to the high growth and impact culture of the Valley which they can use to enhance their technology businesses and  careers. This five day program will take place in Silicon Valley the week from May 21st to May 25th.

The Canadian women will be paired with mentors at leading companies in Silicon Valley and gain training and skills in their specific area of expertise as well as professional guidance and support.  The mentorship will continue online for a period of up to three months. As a complement to the mentorships, the program will include components such as “Tech Talk” in the form of entrepreneurship panels and professional workshops. The participants will also connect with local industry stakeholders through networking events such as the Welcome reception, and the Tech Women Canada concluding reception with a keynote by a Valley luminary. (more…)

Profiling: Karina LeBlanc, ED of Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship March 13, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in News, Profiles.

This is the first of our new series of profiling women in our industry. Please leave a comment if you like this idea or if you have suggestions for other women to profile. Or you can drop me a line at jane@unb.ca.


For Karina LeBlanc, executive director of the newly minted Pond-Deshpande Centre at UNB, entrepreneurship is about more than a business buzzword.

“Entrepreneurship, for me, is about innovation, taken from the idea stage to the market launch stage, generating a product or service that solves real problems,” she says.  Problems may be economic or they may be social, but the spirit of entrepreneurship is the same, she adds.

“It is essential to strip away all the buzzwords and catchy phrases around entrepreneurship if you want to engage individuals of all backgrounds, different organizations and diverse communities,” she says.

The Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UNB aims to act as a catalyst to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in New Brunswick by facilitating collaboration among entrepreneurs, young companies, and students, faculty and alumni from universities and colleges across the province.

It will help both business and social entrepreneurs.  “Anyone can have a good idea, but only those few with the right combination of passion, leadership and mentorship can make an idea come to life.”  And that’s where the centre will help, she notes, by nurturing and supporting people who have that combination of ideas, skills and passion. (more…)

Fredericton Cybersocial – March 21 March 13, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in General Notices, March 2012.
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Join your IT community at this month’s cybersocial for exciting news about the 14th Annual KIRA Awards!

Date: March 21 Location: James Joyce Pub Time: 4:30-6:00pm

Moreover, the Cybersocial is being held across the street before the NBIF R3 Dinner. Cybersocial fun will guarantee you rock star parking for R3!

Grow your contacts, enjoy the endless networking opportunities, and get the latest industry news

Be part of the excitement!

This months Sponsor: 14th Annual KIRA Awards

KIRA call for nominations closes on March 23 – consider a nomination March 13, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in General Notices, March 2012.
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It is time to celebrate New Brunswick’s best in the knowledge industry with the Call for Nominations for the 14th annual KIRA Awards.   Known as ‘the’ gala evening for New Brunswick’s knowledge industry, KIRA 2012 is expected to attract well over 450 knowledge industry professionals from around and outside the province.

This year, KIRA will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at the Fredericton Convention Centre in the heart of Fredericton.   KIRA 2012 will honour excellence in New Brunswick’s knowledge industry by recognizing companies and individuals.  Hosted by Enterprise Fredericton, KIRA is a province-wide event with six awards in the following categories: (more…)

Executive MBA with Technology Focus – Are you Interested? March 6, 2012

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in General Notices, News.
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New Brunswick’s growth agenda is going to be led by the technology sector in the next decade. We need bright, energetic, prepared leaders to usher in this new era.

It is now widely understood that a well-rounded technical and business education is a winning combination for future success.

The NB IT Council is working with UNB Saint John to deliver an Executive MBA cohort with a special focus on how to leverage technology to create wealth. Courses for the two year program will begin in October of 2012.

Originating in Saint John, the program will be delivered simultaneously on evenings and week-ends to major centres across the eastern Canada in person and via video-conference. Besides receiving a first-class degree in technology and business, you will work with your peer group from leading technology companies across the region. The cost is very competitive and you will have the unique advantage of a curriculum tailored for what matters most, now.

If you or your company is interested in participating please contact me before March 15th at Larry.Sampson@NBITC.CA. Openings are limited and are on a first-come first-serve basis, so time is of the essence.

The NBIT Council is the voice of New Brunswick’s IT sector, and is looking to drive growth, competitiveness and prosperity through Information Technology leadership.

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