Time to make a personal action plan
The big ideas developed through the 4Front Atlantic Conferences are appropriately ambitious, hopefully exciting, but they are not “blue‐sky impossible” – far from it. They will flow from the collective product of thousands of personal actions taken by committed, passionate individuals who want Atlantic Canada to succeed in the changing and challenging world arena.
Here are 15 things you can do to help create a better Atlantic Canada:
Publicly advocate for change within your own companies and in your communities. Private sector leadership can successfully engage and shift public opinion.
If you are an experienced business person ask yourself: “Who can I mentor?” Consider helping a start‐up, or a young employee or new immigrant. If you are a young business person, ask a local entrepreneur or business leader to be a mentor to you.
Commit to hiring one full‐time paid co‐op or intern or apprentice for at least one term each year, each and every year. (Larger organizations should strive to exceed this minimum challenge).
Consider the possibility of education and health initiatives in your workplace. Can you work with a local institution to set up a targeted skills‐training program or a health and fitness program, or even a low cost EMBA?
Look at the community around you. Can you implement a volunteer program to tutor, train or help people get ready for success in the workforce?
Volunteer to give a guest lecture at a university, community college or high school about your career, profession or company, and share your experiences.
Approach a university’s industry liaison office to see how you can work with the institution’s researchers or tap into its applied research projects to help your firm or sector.
Invite Springboard Atlantic into your company to learn about university research, and how you may benefit and link into this work.
Conduct a strategic competitiveness assessment of your company: Is it ready to compete globally? How productive and innovative are you compared to peers in other countries? What will it take?
Network with other companies and stakeholders in your industry sector to go global as a sector. Be an advocate for greater industry collaboration.
Attend a “reverse trade mission”, or encourage one in your sector.
Take a language course, or encourage employees to do so, and certainly encourage your kids to do so.
Get behind the idea of a start‐up ecosystem HUB that spans Atlantic Canada, and try to engage government, private institutions and universities to sponsor such an organization.
Consider whether you can be an angel investor to one of the region’s start‐ups.
If you are a young university or college graduate, consider turning your research into a new business. Whatever you do, be entrepreneurial.