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Profiling: Roxanne Fairweather, co-CEO and co-owner of Innovatia May 15, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in Profiles.
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This is the second in our new series of profiling women in our industry. We hope you’ll enjoy reading Roxanne’s story.  If you have suggestions for other women to profile, please leave a comment at the end of this post. Or drop me a line at jane@unb.ca.

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Roxanne Fairweather is Co-CEO of Innovatia Inc., a large and successful knowledge management and training services company headquartered in Saint John.  On top of this, she is the co-owner of Innovatia.  Roxanne had been the Chief Operating Officer of Innovatia under the Bell Aliant umbrella from 2001, having moved to that position from being President of Aliant Wireless.  In November 2009, Roxanne and her business partner and Co-CEO, Dave Grebenc, acquired the Innovatia business from Bell Aliant, making it a privately held company.

Few New Brunswick women have been as successful in the male-dominated world of business as Roxanne.  How did she get there?

As explained in a March 2010 provincial government profile as part of a celebration of International Women’s Day, Roxanne knows it wasn’t just hard work that has brought her success and recognition as one of our region’s most influential and accomplished business leaders.  She credits her success to the many great mentors and leaders who believed in her along the way and to her longstanding business philosophy of putting others first; both clients and employees. (more…)

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

Posted by Jane Fritz in News, Profiles.
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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.

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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…)

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