Changing the world, one hockey game at a time

Sea Dogs President and General Manager, Trevor Georgie and Deloitte Partner, Financial Advisory, Marc-Anthony Ashfield.

Sea Dogs President and General Manager, Trevor Georgie and Deloitte Partner, Financial Advisory, Mark-Anthony Ashfield.

Mark-Anthony Ashfield, a partner at Deloitte, is living the dream. In October, Deloitte and the Saint John Sea Dogs partnered to launch “Discovery Zone”, a unique fan experience at Harbour Station. For the price of a game ticket, fans over 16 years of age can experience this exclusive and interactive space that provides an immersive fan experience using the latest and greatest technology. Hockey lover Mark-Anthony is totally in his realm. Read the rest of this entry »


Research causing shift in how employees are trained

How does your organization prepare employees to become leaders?
Dr. Bill Howatt

Dr. Bill Howatt

One common path is that an employee who is a proven subject matter expert excelling in their assigned function is promoted with little to no preparation. Within a few months, many such new leaders are struggling, or even failing; a smaller percentage thrive.

The cause of failure is often overlooking, or a lack of consideration for, the importance of the micro-skills required to be an effective leader. Selection decisions are based solely on the individuals’ technical skills and industry expertise.
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N.B. is Newton’s Apple Orchard

Dhirendra Shukla, chair of the Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick  Photo: Joy Cummings/UNB

Dhirendra Shukla, chair of the Dr. J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick Photo: Joy Cummings/UNB

Dhirendra Shukla first visited Canada as a child and fell in love with the country. Born in India, raised in Zambia and educated in the UK and Canada, he came back to Canada and – to his surprise – was offered his ideal job commercializing new technologies with Nortel Networks. Read the rest of this entry »


Saint John is the living lab for international business

 

Beth Hatt is the founder of Aquila

Beth Hatt is the founder of Aquila.

Beth Kelly Hatt, founder of Aquila, has built a company that believes strongly in ensuring there is ‘happiness in the workplace’. Aquila is a Saint John company that specializes in creating and sustaining tourism excellence. Each year Aquila creates engaging experiences for almost 60,000 travelers cruising in Atlantic Canada.

Beth established Aquila in 1982 as a seasonal company offering city tours to visitors. Beth’s passion for the tourism industry and motivation to move her company from ‘good to great’ has accelerated the growth of the company over the last 35 years. Aquila is now an established leader setting standards for the industry. Read the rest of this entry »


#SaintAwesome: Invested in putting Port City on the map

Victoria Clarke is the executive director of Discover Saint John. Photo:

Victoria Clarke is the executive director of Discover Saint John. Photo: Julia Wright

Victoria Clarke, a self-proclaimed CFA (come from away), grew up in southern Ontario. Her parents, both New Bruswickers, gave her summers and Christmases in Nashwaak Bridge with her beloved grandparents.

A well-known figure in the Saint John community who has developed a “love affair with the city”, Victoria was a Director with the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation before taking the lead at Discover Saint John (DSJ) two years ago.

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