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VIDEO: Brett Bundale talks top business trends for Atlantic Canada in 2020

The homegrown success of tech firms like Fredericton’s Radian6, Halifax’s GoInstant, St. John’s Verafin and Charlottetown's BioVectra have helped Atlantic Canada solidify its position as a fledgling technology leader.
The homegrown success of tech firms like Fredericton’s Radian6, Halifax’s GoInstant, St. John’s Verafin and Charlottetown's BioVectra have helped Atlantic Canada solidify its position as a fledgling technology leader. - Stock

Over the past week, SaltWire Network's Brett Bundale took a look at five of the top trends heading into 2020 and the decade ahead. 

She delved into five topics: Oil and gas, the economy, fisheries, forestry, and technology and innovation.

Here, Brett talks about the reporting that went into the series and what insights she gleaned from some business leaders and entrepreneurs on the East Coast. Below the video, tap or click each headline to explore all five parts of the series. 

We'd love to hear your feedback on this series. Get in touch with us at hello@saltwire.com, or email Brett directly at brett.bundale@saltwire.com


PART 1: Multibillion dollar oil and gas boom on Newfoundland’s horizon

It's a recipe for an oil and gas bonanza. Start with the staggering 52 billion barrels of oil and 200 trillion cubic feet of gas estimated under the seafloor. Add a dozen of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies, up to a hundred exploratory wells over the coming decade and the potential for jobs galore.  The result is a nearly $4-billion race to find the next big energy project off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. 


PART 2: Economic trends in Atlantic Canada you need to be prepared for

Canada is set to join a growing club of “super-aged societies,” with a new report calling the 2020s a “demographic time bomb” that will see seniors become a quarter of the country's population. An RBC Economics report released Monday said the new decade could see profound changes, as the growing forces of demographic disruption and climate change collide with economic and technological trends.  


PART 3: The future of the fisheries in Atlantic Canada

Microplastics inside Bay of Fundy clams. Dead herring on a southwestern Nova Scotia beach. A whale entangled in fishing gear off Newfoundland’s coast. It was a turbulent decade for Atlantic Canada’s fisheries, as the combined forces of climate change and mounting ocean trash took on increasing urgency. 


PART 4: Innovation not optional for Atlantic Canada's forestry sector in 2020

One of the oldest industries in Atlantic Canada is set to undergo a sweeping transformation over the coming decade, as technology, climate change and shifting consumer demands reshape forestry.  


PART 5: Could Atlantic Canada lead the tech revolution for natural resources?

It can’t be done here. For decades, that’s what sceptics would say as they quietly doubted plans to create a tech sector in Atlantic Canada. But the homegrown success of tech firms like Fredericton’s Radian6, Halifax’s GoInstant, St. John’s Verafin and Charlottetown’s BioVectra has changed the conversation. 


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