FREDERICTON, N.B., Nov. 15, 2023 – The New Brunswick Business Council (NBBC) is pleased to announce John Herron has been named its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 7, 2023.
“We are very excited to welcome John as our new President and CEO,” said Andrea Feunekes, Chair of the NBBC Board of Directors and CEO of Remsoft, a forestry software company. “John’s extensive experience working at the intersection of the public, private and non-profit sectors will be very valuable in helping us bring positive change to New Brunswick.”
The NBBC is a non-partisan group of leaders and CEOs committed to ensuring New Brunswick meets its full potential. It collaborates with business, government and community partners to find meaningful, fact-driven solutions to the province’s challenges.
“I am inspired by the eminent New Brunwickers who give their precious time, energy and ideas as members of this vital organization,” Herron said. “The private sector has a vital role in ensuring that New Brunswick's growth trajectory continues and that we optimize this unique moment to keep building our economy and strengthening our society.”
A passionate New Brunswicker, Herron’s experience spans regulatory and legislative affairs, public policy, business management, economic development, and investment attraction. He most recently served a 10-year term as a Board Member for the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board and is the Past President of the Atlantica Centre for Energy. From 1997-2004, he served as Fundy Royal’s Member of Parliament, providing national leadership in the environment, sustainable development, and post-secondary education.
“I am excited at the possibilities this role presents to catalyze partnership engagement and public policy development to better our province,” says Herron, who is a graduate of Acadia University (B.A. History) and St. Mary’s University (MBA).
About The New Brunswick Business Council
The New Brunswick Business Council (NBBC) consists of leaders and CEOs who each have a deep, personal stake in this province and its future. We adopt a forward-looking, positive perspective of what’s possible in New Brunswick and collaborate on real-world issues to find meaningful, fact-driven ways to solve them. We work hard to change the narrative in the province—and beyond. We pride ourselves on being a transparent, non-partisan group and believe in a better New Brunswick.
Recent NBBC initiatives include:
- Spearheading the creation of the Housing Hub of New Brunswick (HHNB), a new organization backed by $1.6 million in provincial and federal funding to accelerate the construction of affordable housing to attract workers to rural communities.
- Providing a powerful voice in a coalition of 200-plus leading Atlantic businesses and organizations advancing the Atlantic Investment Incentive Pilot project to drive innovation and R&D, a topic we are actively pursuing with the New Brunswick government, providing direction on a new strategy.
- Initiating a net-zero competitiveness roundtable with thought leaders that we hope will lead to the creation of an Innovation Lab at UNB to green N.B. SMEs and supply chains. We are excited to see the concrete solutions that will emerge to help businesses make the transition.
Current Council Priorities: Seizing New Brunswick’s Fast Growing Opportunities.
John Herron, President and CEO