MILWAUKEE – Four representatives of the New Brunswick Securities Commission and Canada’s National Research Council will attend the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, Thursday and Friday at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee.

The group is visiting Wisconsin this week to learn first-hand how the state is improving its entrepreneurial culture and expanded opportunities for early-stage investing.

“The New Brunswick group surveyed entrepreneurial efforts in a number of provinces and states, and decided Wisconsin was an example of a state that is putting together the right pieces,” said Mark Bugher, chairman of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “We’re pleased they are here, and we hope everyone can learn from the exchange.”

The delegation includes:

?      Donne Smith, chairman and CEO of the New Brunswick Securities Commission.
?      Rick Hancox, executive director of the commission.
?      Michael Arbow, capital markets specialist for the commission.
?      Michelle Johnston, business analyst for the National Research Council.

New Brunswick held its first Atlantic Angel Summit in Saint John in April. Among the summit speakers was Joe Kremer, director of the Wisconsin Angel Network. Angel activity is estimated at about $75 million per year in Atlantic Canada, which includes New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

The Wisconsin Technology Council is the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to the Governor and the Legislature. It produces the annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.