About Next NB

At the University of New Brunswick, we have long believed that a post-secondary institution can be both a repository for cultural values and an instrument for reform. We also understand that to meet this responsibility, we need to embrace change. However, with the complexities of public policy - health care, education, economic development, population growth and government budgets - as individuals, we often don't know where to start.

Consider the facts. New Brunswick is a small province with some very big problems. It's population growth is stagnant at 750,000 people, it has experienced a net loss of its citizens in every census since the mid-1970s and in 2006 it became one of the first provinces in Canada to see its annual number of deaths overtake the annual number of births.

In 2000, Industry Canada conducted a standard of living comparison between Canada's 10 provinces and the 50 American states. New Brunswick ranked 57th out of 60. The same report placed New Brunswick 58th out of 60 in a ranking of productivity.

Money and people: New Brunswick needs both if it is to tell a new story, but in order to create wealth we need leaders to mould a society receptive to new ideas.

Next NB/Avenir NB, a bilingual project initiated by the University of New Brunswick, sought to raise awareness of New Brunswick's challenges and inspire the province's citizens to step forward and lead.

Next NB Executive

John D. McLaughlin 
President, University of New Brunswick 
Chair, Next NB/Avenir NB Advisory Board

Dr. McLaughlin became UNB's 17 th president and vice-chancellor in July 2002 and at the time laid out a vision for the institution that included promoting UNB's fundamental role in the economic, social and cultural well-being of New Brunswick and the Atlantic Canadian region. A leader in building North America's geomatics industry, Dr. McLaughlin believes universities, through research and teaching, must participate in the development of their communities. His own research took him abroad, most notably to Peru, where he worked with the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, which assists developing nations in the transition to a modern market economy. He has also worked with the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program and other international agencies to develop property systems. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications.

Lisa Hrabluk 
Director, Next NB/Avenir NB

Ms. Hrabluk is a writer and political commentator. A journalist who has covered an array of issues in Ontario and New Brunswick, Ms. Hrabluk took a leave of absence from the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal to co-ordinate the Next NB initiative. As a journalist she covered the aquaculture, telecommunications and energy sectors as a business writer. She was part of the news team that won a National Newspaper Award in 1998. For two years she wrote a daily political column on New Brunswick issues, for which she won an Atlantic Journalism Award for commentary in 2002. Contact Lisa at: lisa@hrabluk.com

Next NB Advisory Board

Nicole Bernard, Campbellton 
Director, Centre de Ressources pour parents du Restigouche 
President, Fédération des dames d'Acadie (FDA)

Susan Butler, Miramichi 
Activities director, Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home 
Director, Miramichi Folksong Festival

Christian Couturier, Fredericton 
Director, Atlantic Research Program, National Research Council

Bryana Ganong, St. Stephen 
Product Development Manager, Ganong Chocolates

Susan Harley, Saint John 
Director, Broadband, Aliant

Thaddeus Holownia, Sackville 
Dean of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University 
Photographer

John Irving, Saint John 
J.D. Irving, Ltd.

Aldea Landry, Moncton 
President, Landal Inc.
Director, Bank of Canada

Gilles LePage, Caraquet 
President (retired), Les Mouvement des Caisses populaire acadiennes

John McLaughlin, chair, Fredericton 
President, University of New Brunswick

Andrew Oland, Saint John 
Director of Sales, Moosehead Breweries

David Perley, Tobique 
Aboriginal Education Consultant

Jim Quick, Fredericton 
Assistant Deputy Minister, Executive Council Office 
Government of New Brunswick

Ralph Thomas, Saint John 
President, PRUDE Inc.

Next NB Academic Committee

Norm Betts, Administration
Associate, Policy Studies Centre

Dr. Betts brings a combination of academic experience and first-hand involvement in policy making. He is a former Minister of Finance and Minister of Business New Brunswick who participated in cabinet debates over the future of NB Power, the creation of community health centres and the creation of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. A chartered accountant, Dr. Betts interests include financial and managerial accounting, specifically as each applies to the management of public utilities.

Thierry Chopin, Biology
Chair, Biology Department, UNBSJ
Head, Seaweed and Integrated Aquaculture Research Laboratory

Dr. Chopin specializes in the commercialization potential of seaweed and how to integrate seaweed into sustainable aquaculture sites for bioremediation, diversification and social acceptability. He is developing integrated aquaculture sites in the Bay of Fundy that see finfish, seaweed and shellfish grown alongside each other. He is also the Vice-Consul Honoraire de France.

Margaret Conrad, History
Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada 

Dr. Conrad is one of Canada's foremost academics in the field of Atlantic Canadian history. She is the co-author of Atlantic Canada: A Region in the Making. Dr. Conrad sits on the advisory council of Histor!ca and is a member of the advisory board for the Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium, convened by His Excellency John Ralston Saul. She is exploring cooperation and conflict among the Atlantic provinces from 1939 to the present as a means of refocusing the discussion on Atlantic Canada's future development.

Gwendolyn Davies, English
Dean, Graduate Studies
Associate Vice-President, Research 

Dr. Davies oversees UNB's 1,200 graduate students and the development of the university's research agenda. Her research specialty is Canadian literature and culture. For her contributions to Canadian Studies, Dr. Davies received a Commemorative Medal marking Canada's 125 th anniversary. She has served on the editorial board of the History of the Book Project in Canada, was an advisor to the Canadian Poetry Database Project. She is the president of the Bibliographical Society of Canada.

Don Desserud, Political Science
Chair, Political Science Department, UNBSJ
New Brunswick Social Capital Project 

Dr. Desserud keeps his studies close to home. Recent research interests have included Nova Scotia during the American Revolution, New Brunswick's language policy and women in New Brunswick politics. He is in the midst of the first-ever study of New Brunswick's social capital. He is also researching fixed election dates for New Brunswick's Commission on Legislative Democracy. Dr. Desserud is a former political columnist with the Saint John Times-Globe and is a regular commentator on CBC.

Margaret Dykeman, Nursing
Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Manager, Community Health Clinic Project 

Dr. Dykeman believes in putting her research to work. A passionate activist for primary health care reform, her areas of interest include, HIV/AIDS, addiction and health policy. She has studied the addiction process of injection drug users and the impact restructuring the health care system will have on nurses working in New Brunswick. She has served on the federal ministerial council for HIV/AIDS, AIDS New Brunswick and on committees for the Canadian Nurses Association and the Nurses Association of New Brunswick.

Paul Howe, Political Science
New Brunswick Social Capital Project 

Dr. Howe is the former Research Director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy and he continues to be a co-editor of the Institute's 'Strengthening Canadian Democracy' series. He is studying the use of information technology in citizen consultation and the long-term changes in levels of political knowledge and the consequences for political participation. He is also involved with the New Brunswick social capital study and is examining the New Brunswick identity for the Commission on Legislative Democracy.

Deborah MacLatchey, Biology
Acting Director, Saint John College
Director, UNB Saint John International
Researcher, Canadian Rivers Institute 

Dr. MacLatchey is committed to expanding UNB's reach around the world, through her work with international students and overseeing Saint John College (formerly the Modern Languages Centre). Her research brings her home. An associate with the Canadian Rivers Institute, Dr. MacLatchy studies the effect of foreign substances on the reproductive systems in fish. These substances mimic the natural hormones in the fish, which alters the normal functions of the systems that control reproduction, development and growth.

Shelley Rinehart, Business
Dean, Faculty of Business, UNBSJ
Director, Electronic Commerce Centre (ECC) 

Dr. Rinehart specializes in marketing, particularly online, and her Internet-based research has led her to focus her attentions on electronic teaching methods. Active on- and off-campus, Dr. Rinehart was the co-chair of the Saint John Growth Strategy, was president of the Saint John branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association and sits on the Regional Mental Health Tribunal.

G.C. (Joe) Ruggeri, Economics
Director, Policy Studies Centre
Director, Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics 

Dr. Ruggeri has held senior positions with the Canadian federal government and the governments of Alberta and New Brunswick. He has published several books and articles in the areas of taxation, government spending, intergovernmental fiscal relations, energy policy, income distribution and human capital. As head of the Policy Studies Centre, Dr. Ruggeri has edited a number of books on public policy in Atlantic Canada and continues to host a regular series of conferences to examine possible policy options.

J. Douglas Willms, Education
Director, Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP)
Canada Research Chair in Human Development
Research Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research 

Dr. Willms is on the technical advisory boards for Canada's National Longitudinal Study of Children and Youth and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). His current interests include the examination of family, school and community factors that contribute to the health and well-being of Canadian children and adolescents