Doors at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM
This event will bring Saint John together to Honour two individuals who didn't always agree, but always worked hard to do what they thought was the right thing for the City and the people. It's so easy to get lost in the competition between politics, individuals and interest groups that we often need to be reminded that Saint John is our home. We all want the best for it and we accomplish more when we work together.
Much like the two honourees, the Arts for Everyone Foundation is improving the quality of life in the city one step at a time. The purpose of the foundation is to raise funds that will provide arts education to youth and adults in the City of Saint John and the Province of New Brunswick who cannot afford programs due to their economic status. Funds raised at this dinner will go through the foundation to other hard working community groups, such as P.R.O. Kids; to provide them with resources for their programming. (More info).
While the honourees of the evening both had their own unique style and approach to solving the challenges at hand, they have contributed greatly to our community.
Gerry Pond has over 45 years of experience in the Information& Communications Technology sector.
He is currently the Chairman of Mariner Partners Inc., a company he co-founded in 2003. Mariner, with a staff of over 150 professionals, provides IPTV software products globally and broad range professional IT services from offices in Saint John (HQ), Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax, Calgary, and Regina. As the former CEO of telecom services provider NBTel (now part of Bell Aliant) and the former CEO of software start-up ImagicTV Inc. (acquired by Alcatel in 2003), Gerry has always had a passion for innovation. The Canadian Information Productivity Association named him Innovator of the Year in 1997 and inducted him in their Hall of Fame (www.cipa.com). Gerry has co-founded 10 technology start-up companies in the past 10 years. He currently chairs the Boards of Mariner Partners Inc, Brovada Technologies Inc., and Shift Energy Inc. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Medrunner Health Solutions Inc., Smart Skin Technologies Inc., and Enovex. He is a Co-Founder and Past Chairman of Radian6 (acquired by Salesforce.com in 2011) and Past Chairman of Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM in 2011). Techvibes and KPMG named Gerry, “ Canadian Angel of the Year” in 2011.A graduate of the University of New Brunswick (BA’66), he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from UNB (SJ) in 2005. Very active in community and economic affairs, he is a Director of Propel ICT, the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, the NB Business Council, the NB Innovation Foundation, and is a co-chair of New Brunswick’s Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation focused on poverty reduction. He is a fellow of the Wallace McCain Institute and a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. In 2011, he co-founded the Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick ( www.unb.ca/innovation/pdc/ ) . He is a past Chairman of the NB Business Council, a past Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of UNB, and a past Chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In 2007, he was inducted in the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. He resides in Rothesay N.B. with his wife Anne. They have 2 children; Suzanne and Gregory, both graduates of UNB’s Engineering Faculty.
Bob Davidson has spent his entire career advancing the wages, benefits, pensions, health and safety of employees and their families so that they may enjoy a better quality of life.He was born in Sussex and grew up in Saint John, spending his entire life living and working in New Brunswick. As a kid, Bob was heavily involved in many sports throughout New Brunswick and the Maritimes and found team sports to be the perfect training ground to develop drive, determination, camaraderie and a sense of winning that would serve him well in his adult career. After a post high school stint in business administration, Bob began his working career at Rothesay Paper as Executive Officer and Injured Worker Advocate, joining the Industrial Safety Council as professional Health and Safety Representative. He was instrumental in organizing the first Union at the Industrial Safety Council and Workers Compensation Board. In 1977, Bob began a 29 year career as a national representative with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and as such chaired the 50,000 member Coalition of Public Employees in a massive campaign to have Collective Agreements honoured in 1991. In 1992, he led 20,000 CUPE members on the largest general strike in New Brunswick history against the Provincial Government that again resulted in the Collective Agreements being honoured. During his career, Bob has acted as Regional Director of CUPE in New Brunswick and PEI, the President of the Saint John District Labour Council, a Corporate Board Member of the Occupational Health and Safety Commission and the Workplace Health Safety/Compensation Commission, while introducing legislation for workplace safety and improved compensation benefits for injured workers. He has also been the Co-Chair of the Provincial/Municipal committee that introduced the Harvard Interest Based Negotiations Process into New Brunswick and he directed the first produced IBN video in Canada.
In 2006, he started the private Labour Relations consulting firm "The Davidson Group”. Bob’s marriage in 1972 was blessed with 4 healthy and beautiful children.