August 19, 2013

Rising Stars and Council Join Forces to Mentor Youth

The NBITC and Rising Stars are pleased to announce they will be teaming up to provide mentoring to students selected as part of the Class of 2011, and Class of 2012.The two organizations will work together to match individual students to mentors, refine Rising Star’s existing mentoring frame-work, and implement regular networking and coaching events for the two cohorts.

"While guaranteeing high-school students jobs in the tech sector through our Class of 2011 program was a great first step, we recognized we needed to do more to help prepare our youth for life in the digital economy", said Larry Sampson, CEO of the NBITC. "Working with Rising Stars, who have always had a coaching and mentoring focus, seemed a natural fit."

According to Craig Gallant of Rising Stars, the partnership “expands the reach of the Rising Stars program while broadening the pool of potential mentors, which will be good for both the students and companies participating."

Details on the mentoring program, as well as how to apply to Rising Stars – Class of 2012, will be announced shortly.

Original Article - For information, contact Craig Gallant

About Rising Stars

Rising Stars is an annual provincial event intended to recognize knowledge industry workers, in companies or organizations throughout New Brunswick, who have distinguished themselves from their peers by the quality of their work and their positive impact in their community and the industry. Junior Stars, a well received addition to the program, recognizes High School students who have demonstrated abilities and interests in ICT.

In addition to being recognized for their work, Rising Stars and Junior Stars are enrolled in a Mentorship program for the year—the objective of which is to expose them to leaders and resources in our communities. Helping them on the road to becoming our future leaders in New Brunswick.

Rising Stars 2010
2010 Rising Stars and Junior Stars Winners Picture – Post Gala Event
September 30, 2010
PHOTO CREDIT: Joy Cummings

The NBICT Rising Stars program strives to:

  • Identify future leaders in New Brunswick Information & Communication Technology (NBICT) industry
  • Expand the NBICT people network
  • Expand the NBICT mentor network
  • Serve as a catalyst to promote future ICT entrepreneurs by creating opportunities to connect Rising Stars with leaders in the ICT industry
  • Bridge the gap between Rising Stars and other comparable programs in NB

Key Dates for the 2010 Program:

  • Nominations
  • Closing on August 19, 2010
  • Awards Gala
  • September 30th,2010, 5:30 p.m.
    Delta Beauséjour, Moncton
    Click here to order tickets.
  • Mentorship Program
  • October 2010 through September 2011

    Our Sponsors

    Rising Stars carries out its provincial mandate on a relatively small budget and cannot run without the help of loyal sponsors.The program is fortunate to have great support year over year from the NBICT community and NB government. Maintaining a quality relationship with sponsors is key to the program’s future growth and success.

    The committee is also grateful for the contributions made over the years to sponsors and hosts of mentoring luncheons and events. We are especially indebted to those volunteers who have spoken at events, judged the finalists, mentored the Rising Star recipients, and participated in the delivery of the program in various capacities.

    Call to Involvement

    Get involved with the Rising Stars program to play an integral part in retaining and attracting qualified ICT professionals, in exposing youth to a career in the knowledge industry and in promoting New Brunswick’s vibrant ICT industry.

    Rising Stars is much more than an award gala… it’s a year long mentorship program, it’s networking with accomplished and emerging ICT leaders, it’s forming innovative partnerships, it’s professional development.

    We are always seeking new ideas, new people, new sponsors and partners. Contact us today! All contributions are welcome: time, expertise, event prizes, ideas, feedback, collaboration… and money too!

    For more information, please contact the committee at to explore Sponsorship and Partnership opportunities.

    Scott Buffet
    Scott Buffett is a research officer with the National Research Council of Canada Institute for Information Technology (NRC-IIT) and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). Read full article >>

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