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David Alston (he/him)

Chief Entrepreneur in Residence, Government of New Brunswick

David is a repeat tech and marketing startup entrepreneur. He is the Chief Entrepreneur in Residence for the New Brunswick Government, cofounder of Brilliant Labs, and a past volunteer advisor to NB’s Strategic Program Review.

In 2015, David won the Industry Chamption Award from KIRA, and was named a Forbes top 50 CMO in social media. He is the co-winner of a 2014 EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Atlantic Canada, 2015 winner of Entrepreneur of the Year and co-winner of Enterprise Promotion for the Atlantic Region from Startup Canada.

An advisor to many startups in the Atlantic region, David served as Radian6’s Chief Marketing Officer and Salesforce.com’s former Marketing Cloud Chief Adoption Officer.

David is the co-chair of LivingSJ, a movement to support and create a path for all those living in poverty in Saint John, a member of BCAPI and is a board member with our local United Way. David has been involved recently with two social impact documentaries, Code Kids, which followed the journey to get coding back in the classroom, and The Millennial Dream, a documentary questioning whether the values of “The American Dream” have now been replaced by those more aligned with the passions of the Millennial generation.

David is also a mentor at NomadicMentors.com, where he has keynoted and advised close to 50 startups in countries such as Spain, Portugal and Greece. David, his wife, Mary-Gwen, and team are currently in the process of building a new aerial adventure park in Dominion Park called TimberTop Adventures, slated to open in the Summer of 2018. You can connect with him on Twitter @davidalston.


Igniting citizens - goodbye complainer and hello changemaker!

November 8, 2018  6:35 PM – 7:10 PM
In this session, David Alston argues that the only surefire way to make positive change is to get the citizens to lead it themselves. He’ll share stories of citizen-driven change happening in Atlantic Canada right now, covering concepts and practices that include social innovation labs, social investment funds, collective impact approaches, documentary-driven movements and more. See more.


November 8, 2018  8:20 PM – 10:00 PM
At FWD50, we know that experimentation is key to growth and innovation. At last year’s conference, attendees told us they wanted a chance to network and discuss hot topics and specific domains. So in partnership with BlackBerry we created an entirely new, participant-driven format called Circlesquare. See more.
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