Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network


Stay up to date with the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network – Serving Richmond, Inverness, and Victoria Counties.


January 2018
Volume 2 | Issue 1


The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CBREN) is a partnership of the Province of Nova Scotia and the Municipalities of Victoria, Richmond, and Inverness counties. The network is governed by a private sector Board of Directors and is administered by the Cape Breton Partnership. Funding is provided by each of the three municipal units and the provincial government. The Network’s primary goals are to lead regional economic strategies, and to support the development and attraction of new businesses, and the retention and expansion of existing businesses.

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The Cape Breton Post featured a story on the Cape Breton Partnership’s Open House event on January 17. The article included a brief history of the Partnership’s initiatives and projects, a look at its various offices across Cape Breton, and an invitation for the public to attend the Open House event, welcoming all to the Partnership’s new home at  285 Alexandra Street, Sydney. Click here to read. ✔ The Farmer’s Daughter Country Market (Whycocomagh, Inverness County) has been profiled by CTV Atlantic for updates on their 2016 viral internet post. The original post offered free land and a job to successful applicants for employment with the family business. To date, tens of thousands of emails have been received about the offer, with the Cape Breton Partnership aiding in the processing of responding to those inquiries.  Click here to read.


Atlantic Immigration Employer Sessions


Representatives of various Cape Breton Partnership programs have completed employer sessions in Cheticamp (January 18) and Port Hawkesbury (January 23).   These sessions focused on providing employers with general information on programs aimed at addressing labour gaps and connecting with new graduates and potential future employees.   The January employer sessions attracted an audience representing over 40 organizations and included presentations from:

  • Elva Zhou, Coordinator  Connector Program The Connector Program matches community and business leaders (Connectors) with immigrants, international, and local graduates (Connectees) in their industry of expertise. The Connector Program is a simple and effective networking initiative that connects driven individuals with industry leaders who can help facilitate the growth of their careers here in Cape Breton.
  • Kailea Pedley, Coordinator Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership The Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership (CBLIP) is a collaborative community initiative designed to improve the integration of newcomers in Cape Breton. Launched in June 2017, the CBLIP works at the local level to foster a community that is welcoming and inclusive and to support newcomers to become fully engaged in the social, economic, political, and cultural life of Cape Breton.
  • Omar Tag El-Din, Program Lead Atlantic Immigration Pilot The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is an employer-driven initiative – part of the federal government’s Atlantic Growth Strategy – developed to help businesses fill labour gaps, grow, and retain international graduates. This program is for employers, in any sector, trying to overcome challenges that are hindering sustainability and growth opportunities.

Participants also heard presentations from Mary-Jo MacKay (Manager, External Relations) and Rachel Henderson (Director, Strategic Policy & External Relations), both of the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. Employer sessions will continue into February and March in Arichat, Baddeck, Ingonish, and Inverness. If interested in participating in an upcoming session, please contact Omar Tag El-Din at or (902) 217-5169.




Hearing from the residents of Victoria, Richmond, and Inverness Counties on why they choose Cape Breton.


Brian Marchand Warden, Municipality of the County of Richmond Louisdale, Richmond County “Why do I choose Cape Breton? I could say it’s the people, the community spirit, the unique culture… Those are all true, but a lot of places could say the same. If I chose somewhere else, I could maybe save some money now and again, but the truth is that doing business here means more. My dollar being spent here has more impact than my dollar spent elsewhere. My business has more impact here than if I did it elsewhere. There’s a certain gratification in working in my community, specifically with the senior community, that I wouldn’t get elsewhere. I decided some time ago that I wanted to live in a community where you stop and help your neighbour when they need it. When it comes down to it, I choose Cape Breton because of its culture of neighbours helping neighbours.”


Kailea and Andy Pedley Farmers, Patchwood Farm Pipers Glen, Inverness County “We moved to Cape Breton from Andy’s native New Zealand in 2014. Before making the move, we spent a great deal of time considering the characteristics we valued most in a future home. They included access to services and market potential, but mostly revolved around community and environment. We wanted to live in a place where neighbours depended on each other. Where we might spot a moose from our living room window. Where a day in the garden could be followed by sunset on the beach. We found what we were looking for in Cape Breton – and much more. Four years later, we’d choose it again in a heartbeat!”


Matthew MacAulay Operations Manager, Inverary Resort and Ceilidh Country Lodge Baddeck, Victoria County ” I was born and raised in the village of Baddeck and grew up working in my family’s resort business. From an early age I really enjoyed working in tourism and hospitality and felt it was a great career path for me to pursue. After education and experiences in Halifax and Calgary, I moved back to Baddeck to start a family and work with my family’s business. Although I was lucky to have grown up working in an established business, Cape Breton offers so many opportunities to excel in tourism and many other industries. Communities like ours thrive on small businesses and with a little guts and hard work, any Cape Bretoner can make a wonderful life for themselves here!”



Ski Cape Smokey

Ingonish, Victoria County

Ski Cape Smokey is looking forward to the 2018 Ski season, hoping to match 2017’s record-setting busy winter on the slopes. The ski-hill was featured in the Chronicle Herald recently, announcing their mid-January to February target opening date in their seventh year of community-managed operation.




Source: Cape Breton Post (Dec. 20, 2017)



Charlene’s Bayside Café

Whycocomagh, Inverness County

Saltscapes Magazine recently dropped into Inverness County and featured Charlene’s Bayside Café. Charlene’s specializes in traditional home-cooked meals and desserts. Topping their list of popular dishes is a hearty Seafood Chowder, roast beef dinner, fishcakes, and some delicious pies.




Source: Saltscapes, Canada’s East Coast  Magazine (December 2017)



Rockloaf Farm

Arichat, Richmond County

Isle Madame’s Rockloaf Farm was recently profiled in a video and article by the Chronicle Herald, detailing the farm’s family and history over the last six decades. The 80-hectare farm includes a menagerie of sheep, cows, chickens, pigs, and two dogs named Ruby and Loosey.




Source: Chronicle Herald (Dec 29, 2017)



Farmer’s Daughter Country Market

Whycocomagh, Inverness County

The Farmer’s Daughter Country Market has a new offering “brewing”. Customers are now able to order a 473ml beer with their dine-in food order at the Market in Whycocomagh, Inverness County. Currently available choices include Kitchen Party Pale Ale and Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout, both from Big Spruce Brewing in nearby Nyanza, Victoria County.




Source: Facebook Page

Encore Jewellery

St. Peter’s, Richmond County

Jewellery doesn’t always come from gold and jewels, and no one knows this like Dawn Silver of Encore Jewellery. Encore’s material of choice is actually recycled instrument strings. Customers can bring in their own strings, with or without special memories attached, or choose from a supply on hand in-store.




Source: Encore Jewellery Facebook



The Bite House

Baddeck, Victoria County

The Bite House was recently profiled for its growing popularity, both locally and across North America. Chef Bryan Picard offers a unique dining experience, featuring a different set menu every month, never repeating a dish. Though The Bite House’s clientele came largely from visitors to the area early on in their opening years, this past season has actually seen a substantial increase in locals frequenting the eatery.




Source: Chronicle Herald (January 18, 2018)



Galloping Cows Fine Foods

Port Hood, Inverness County

Galloping Cows Fine Foods is expanding their offered products and services in 2018. The family business in Port Hood specializes in pepper jellies, jams, fruit sauces, beverage concentrates, salsas, and chutney – focusing on fruits commonly grown in Nova Scotia. Galloping Cows is now offering a catering service for events of all sizes, including Weddings, Anniversaries, Reunions, and beyond.




Source: Facebook Page



Island Food Network Farmer-to-Farmer Retreat

Baddeck Forks, Victoria County

The Island Food Network is an umbrella for collaborative food action to create a vibrant, healthy, just, and sustainable local food system. In January, the Network hosted the first-ever retreat for farmers across the Island to share knowledge, build connections, and celebrate their contribution to Cape Breton’s food community. The sold out event was held in Baddeck Forks, Victoria County, and included a farm-friendly meal by Chef Bryan Picard (The Bite House) and a unique networking opportunity for participants.











The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network staff are here to work with you. Here’s how to reach us:


Keith MacDonald President and CEO Cape Breton Partnership Office: 285 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NS (w) 902-562-0122 Jeremy Martell CBREN Communications and Meeting Coordinator Cape Breton Partnership Office: 2357 Highway 206, Arichat, NS (c) 902-631-5442 Kalen Long CBREN Project Coordinator Cape Breton Partnership Office: 10036 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s, NS (c) 902-631-3549
Patrick Austin Economic Development Officer Victoria County Cape Breton Partnership Office: 495 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS (c) 902-294-0126 Jeff Stanley Economic Development Officer Richmond County Cape Breton Partnership Office: 10036 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s, NS (c) 902-631-4044 Morgan Murray Inverness County Cape Breton Partnership Office: 375 Main Street, Port Hood, NS (c) 902-227-5386



Click the links below to check out past editions of the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network newsletter: December 2017 October/November 2017 September 2017 August 2017 July 2017 June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017






Mailing address: 285 Alexandra Street Sydney,

Nova Scotia

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