New Beginnings Are Great: Now What?
Voices from all over the world coming to Saint John, New Brunswick to add value, bring perspective and work with us to grow into the global marketplace we’re rapidly becoming.
I sit around very diverse tables. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to do so. Voices from all over the world coming to Saint John, New Brunswick to add value, bring perspective and work with us to grow into the global marketplace we’re rapidly becoming.
To see the diversity we’ve built you don’t need to look far. Our MBA program at UNB is one of the most diverse rooms in the city. 15+ first languages on the IT floor of one of our largest private sector players. The Newcomer Advisory Panel at the Saint John Local Immigration Partnership. The incredibly talented staff of the YMCA Newcomer Connections and the Saint John Newcomers Center. All of the above are organizations dedicated to leading sustainable economic growth and fostering the success of our newest community members.
Whether it’s business focused, settlement oriented or just talking shop, politics and life, what I cherish most is the diversity of perspective. If we’ve filled a room with different people but we do not have diversity of perspective we have merely created the illusion of diversity.
Last week the provincial government announced New Beginnings: A Population Growth Strategy for New Brunswick. The plan is fairly straightforward: a sizeable immigration plan for the next 5 years as we look to grow on pace with the rest of the world. Will we reach scale in that timeframe? Probably not. But what we do have is a plan in place to look at future growth. The announcement was par for the course. Lots of clapping, cameras and 100% of folks in attendance in support of growth via immigration.
I reflected on the announcement with a close friend of mine and a leader in the newcomer community on an early morning walk at Rockwood park. Immediately our cities diversity of opinion, and the strength of growth via immigration hit home. His perspective was clear-eyed and level-headed: words are great, but now what?
You’ll find this action oriented and clear thinking throughout the newcomer community.
Take our Egyptian community members for example: the last 3 men they’ve had to listen to during press conferences with clapping & cameras were Hosni Mubarak, Mohamed Morsi & President Sisi. Words are great, but now what? The point here is accountability. Our newcomer brothers & sisters have frequently listened to the words of powerful men, but what they expect is action and results.
I love this attitude! Gratitude and respect for the growth plan but the expectation that goals will be set, deliverables will be met and results will be published.
It allows us to move forward as a province unified and accountable to each other.
The success of our newcomer professionals is reflective of the success of our cities in the new economic reality. The Hive programming is dedicated to working with the founders of newcomer lead businesses to develop the tools and foundation for the best chance at success in our up and coming market.