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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Speaker Profile: Brock Dickinson

2017 Niagara Economic Summit

Brock Dickinson is the new “Entrepreneur in Residence” with the University of Waterloo. In this role, Brock works with students and faculty to help launch new entrepreneurial ventures and commercialize emerging research, to support the development of new incubation and business acceleration facilities, and to coordinate the University’s links with the United Nations on development issues.

Prior to joining the University, Brock was the Chief Executive Officer of MDB Insight, Canada’s largest specialist economic development consultancy, and he continue to serve as a strategic advisor to the firm. In September of 2010, the company was named to Profit Magazine’s “Hot 50” list of Canada’s fastest growing young companies.

Before entering the field of local economic development, Brock spent six years as a consultant with the United Nations, coordinating development projects in more than 30 countries.  In 1995, he was appointed Secretary-General of a UN development conference, the youngest Secretary-General in UN history.

At the Summit, Brock will join our panel on international trade in the age of uncertainty. From his dual background as an entrepreneur and as an expert in international relations and development, he will offer his perspective on the future of our trade relationships and how Niagara can navigate a precarious international regime.

To hear Brock speak at the Niagara Economic Summit, visit

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