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Opening Speaker: Mckenna and Policy Forum

opening speaker: I don't think it's overly dramatic to say the future of Atlantic Canada is at stake, he told the crowd of business leaders and academics, according to National Observer. But McKenna, who said he has been talking about the demographic shift in the region since 1995, is more optimistic now that a solution will be found than at any time in the last 25 years. Frank McKenna was the opening speaker at a day-long summit being held by the Public Policy Forum in Fredericton. ; McKenna, now deputy chairman of the TD Bank Group, said the region has finally woken up to the plight of having both an aging population and an exodus of young people in search of employment. All of our provinces have population secretariats and extraordinarily capable people are staffing these population secretariats. And the recently signed Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a huge step in the right direction, he said. ACOA has put its shoulder to the wheel and its resources to the wheel. ( As reported in the news.