21Leaders 2012 Announced

Published on 2012-08-02 by in 21inc, News

It’s now official, the 21Leaders for both NB and NS were announced today, and I’m very excited to be a part of this year’s group!

Check out the full press release below, and be sure to share this story with your friends:

21Leaders New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, announced 

Fredericton, New Brunswick – August 2nd, 2012 – 21inc, in partnership with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, is proud to announce the next cohort of 21Leaders New Brunswick, and, for the first time ever, 21Leaders Nova Scotia.

This year’s 21Leaders New Brunswick group includes a comedian, an award-winning ‘geek’, and a world-class wrestler.

This year’s 21Leaders Nova Scotia group includes a vendor of cloth diapers, a ‘webby’ award nominee, and a renowned African dancer.

All have demonstrated a commitment to contribute to their province’s development.

“We are thrilled to have these outstanding individuals join our growing Atlantic Canadian network of emerging talent.” says Alain Parent, President of 21inc. “We were impressed with the calibre of applicants and are grateful to the community for their support in nominating individuals.”

21Leaders is a 10-month advanced entrepreneurial leadership experience that immerses participants in an environment that increases expectations and ambition of what can and should be accomplished. The program selects 21 emerging leaders between the ages of 20 and 35 and emerges them in a development experience that includes leadership projects, mentorship and peer-coaching opportunities, as well as accelerator weekend sessions.

Talent experts Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette provided in-kind support to 21inc throughout the nomination and selection process in both provinces.

“We were overwhelmed with interest.” says Sara Ehrhardt, Executive Director of 21inc. “We had the most nominations we have ever seen in New Brunswick, and the level of interest across Nova Scotia really exceeded expectations. We simply could not have done it without KBRS – they have been essential in helping select the most promising individuals from a really outstanding pool of candidates.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of 21inc’s selection process again this year” says Mark Surrette, the President of KBRS.  “The 21Leaders program is indeed a unique opportunity for our Region’s emerging leaders to gain the necessary tools and experiences they need to build great companies and great communities here at home. It’s refreshing to learn about the diverse backgrounds and motivations of each of the 21 Leaders selected in each Province and we encourage other organizations to get involved in the program.”

Final selection was conducted by a panel of prestigious judges that included program partners, alumni, and distinguished community leaders.

Launched in 2007, 21inc’s advanced leadership experiences emerged in New Brunswick from the province’s Next NB initiative. The organization was incorporated by alumni passionate about development of the region’s emerging talent, and has spread to encompass all four Atlantic Provinces.

This year, for the first time ever, the full 21Leaders program is being offered simultaneously in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The New Brunswick program will involve weekend ‘accelerator’ trainings in Fredericton, Saint John, and the Acadian Peninsula. The Nova Scotia program will include ‘accelerator’ weekends in Halifax, Lunenburg, and Sydney. Past programming has included presentations by Premiers and Cabinet Ministers, senior business leaders, as well as community leaders. Both programs will include a six day provincial study tour where the 21Leaders will gain first-hand exposure to the challenges and opportunities facing the province.

The organization boasts a network of over 100 alumni across Atlantic Canada, including several that already hold elected office, chair community groups, and run leading organizations.

Meet the 2012 21Leaders NB here

Meet the 2012 21Leaders NS here

Follow the 21Leaders on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

To arrange interviews with the 21Leaders, please contact:
Sara Ehrhardt
(c) 506.381.6808

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