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As a leader, why do you think there’s value in being a member of NBBC, given its role in building a better New Brunswick?

I get so much out of being a member of the NB Business Council. I’m surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the New Brunswick business community. There are so many local businesses doing great things, especially the family businesses that want to remain in the province—not just sell their company and move on. It’s inspiring to see companies like McCain Foods and Cooke Aquaculture prove that you can be successful here at home.

As a leader, why do you think there’s value in being a member of NBBC, given its role in building a better New Brunswick?

I was lucky enough to be appointed to NBBC by the Wallace McCain Institute. I raised my hand to be a NBBC member because I think it’s important for business leaders in the province to speak in a unified voice. We can have more meaningful impact as a group than if we were to work separately. It’s as much about teamwork as it is about leadership.

Quebec's slow pace on twinning a small section of the Trans-Canada Highway near the New Brunswick border is costing Canada close to $2 billion a year in lost economic activity, say business leaders.

Mike Wilson's shining moment came when he attended ceremonies in the United Arab Emirates this past March to celebrate a Guinness World Records achievement. The CEO of Atlantic Industries Limited, whose headquarters are in Sackville in southeastern New Brunswick, had provided the technology for the world's largest metal-buried bridge, with a span of more than 32 metres.

As a leader, why do you think there’s value in being a member of NBBC, given its role in building a better New Brunswick?

I’ve been a member of the New Brunswick Business Council for over five years simply because there’s tremendous value in being actively involved in the provincial business community. I accepted the role as chairman in 2018. There’s so much brilliance in that group.

It’s no secret that New Brunswick’s labour force is shrinking. Baby boomers are retiring and younger workers are moving to other provinces, leaving many companies in the province scrambling to find enough qualified employees.

Taxation in New Brunswick—and whether or not heavy industry is paying their fair share—continues to spark much debate across the province. Motion 31 (an offshoot of Bill 9, which was withdrawn earlier this year) is the latest issue involving the taxation of machinery and equipment in the province.

 

Manufacturing in New Brunswick continues to contribute to employment across our province, driving economic growth in the region. The industry has been resistant throughout the years, compared to other jurisdictions that have suffered a decline, and many manufacturers in N.B. have been in business for decades, including many New Brunswick Business Council (NBBC) members.

Moncton, June 3, 2019 – The New Brunswick Business Council and the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick announced today that they will create a working group to increase the economic benefits of bilingualism in the province. Thus, they are implementing the main recommendation of the study by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages ​​for New Brunswick: Two languages: It’s ​​good for business.

We are delighted to invite you to our new immigration webinar series: “International Recruitment for Employers, by Employers” in partnership with McInnes Cooper, the Conseil économique du Nouveau-Brunswick and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton.

At the New Brunswick Business Council, our mission is to work in our communities to build a competitive and growing economy that provides opportunities for all who invest, work and live in New Brunswick. We want to promote a competitive environment and culture of business growth, to help government shape policies, and to help secure prosperity for all New Brunswickers.

The New Brunswick Business Council (NBBC) believes that New Brunswick has amazing opportunities for graduates with innovative companies. But, how can we get more post-secondary students to stay in New Brunswick after graduation? How can we connect students to real opportunities and get companies the talent they need to grow? These questions sparked the Innovation Bus Tour, part of a new experiential learning course offered at Mount Allison University.