Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network

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


September 2017
Volume 1 | Issue 8


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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CBC’s The National recently aired a feature on a community pasture in Cape Breton that lets farmers bring their cattle to graze on shared land in an effort to bring back local farming to the area. Click here to watch. ✔ The Cape Breton Post featured a story on the efforts of CBREN-led Broadband Strategy, an initiative underway with the Municipalities of the Counties of Richmond, Victoria, and Inverness, and participating Mi’kmaq First Nations – Wagmatcook, Potlotek, and We’koqma’q. Click here to read.


Partners for Progress

Nova Scotia Regional Enterprise Network conference hosted in Baddeck


The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network was pleased to host the first Partners for Progress Conference for all Nova Scotia REN employees, Board Members, and associated provincial and municipal partners. This was the first ever annual NS REN conference and organized by the Cape Breton Partnership through its Cape Breton REN initiatives. Over 140 conference delegates traveled from across the province to the Inverary Resort in Baddeck to collaborate, learn, and identify best practices.   The Partners for Progress Conference brought together private and public sector partners involved in the REN model to identify key areas for improved strategic economic development. The conference further strengthened provincial connections that will create future opportunities to link business with government programs and services, as well as provided a platform to build on regional strengths/assets to attract and retain businesses in Nova Scotia.   Conference highlights included:

  • Presentations from each of the Regional Enterprise Networks’ CEOs on their major projects to the conference attendees, serving as an excellent catalyst for discussion on how to improve collaboration efforts to maximize each project’s highest potential for success;
  • Attendance by Municipal Affairs Minister, Derek Mombourquette, and Deputy Minister, Kelliann Dean, each expressing how the REN model was created in order to increase the capacity to create economic development plans that benefit the province;
  • A presentation by Emilie de Rosenroll, bringing her experience as the Executive Director of the South Island Prosperity Project in Victoria, BC, delivering the message that if you think creatively, be innovative, and show commitment that economic change is possible.
  • A luncheon keynote address, delivered by Senator Dan Christmas, on the province’s economic outlook through the One Nova Scotia lens and the work that the RENs need to do in order to enact positive change; and
  • Presentations from key REN partners, including Ron Hanlon (Halifax Partnership), Craig MacMullin (CEED), Kimberly White (Department of Labour and Advanced Education), and Danny Graham (Engage Nova Scotia), highlighting some of the work their respective organizations have accomplished and the role they have in assisting in the delivery of REN objectives.

The Partnership would like to thank Nova Scotia’s five Regional Enterprise Networks (South Shore Regional Enterprise Network, Western Regional Enterprise Network, Valley Regional Enterprise Network, the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network, and Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network) for their continued efforts and collaboration as well as the Department of Municipal Affairs and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities for their support of the Partners for Progress Conference. We look forward to a successful year of business engagement and positive outcomes through the NS REN activities.



Thibeau Properties

Petit-de-Grat, Richmond County

A new 10-unit apartment complex is now complete in Petit-de-Grat. During construction, Thibeau Properties kept people updated via their Facebook page and earlier this month they posted photos of the completed project.




Source: Thibeau Properties on Facebook



Quincy Street Market

Inverness, Inverness County

This unique new shop celebrated three months in business on Aug. 27. Owned by Jennifer Ryan and Lindsay MacIsaac Ryan, Quincy Street Market is located on Central Avenue in Inverness.




Source: Quincy Street Market on Facebook



Strait Supplies Ltd.

Point Tupper, Richmond County

This local business held a Customer Appreciation Day and Open House on Sept. 14. The event included prizes, demos, displays, a free BBQ, and a chance to check out their new product lines.



Source: Strait Supplies on Facebook

Coastal Restaurant & Pub

Ingonish, Victoria County

This popular eating establishment is reporting an extremely busy summer, with lineups at the door for hours each day. They posted a message on their Facebook page asking that customers be patient as they work hard to keep up with the demand.




Sources: Coastal Restaurant on Facebook



The Freight Shed

Baddeck, Victoria County

A new bistro and market opened in Baddeck in August. Located on the waterfront, the restaurant serves a selection of dishes and has received great reviews.




Sources: The Freight Shed on Facebook



Troy Lodge Cottages

Troy, Inverness County

Troy Lodge Cottages recently took time to thank its customers for making 2017 its best season yet. They report many new and returning customers, as well as a number of family reunions and weddings on site.



Source: Troy Lodge Cottages on Facebook




CNSOPB Seeking Public Input

The Canada – Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) opened its 2017 Call for Bids for Exploration Licences on July 24th and is inviting local businesses and members of the public to provide input during the strategic environmental assessment that is conducted on the areas within the Call for Bids. We encourage all interested to participate by the input deadline, October 10th, 2017. Please find more information here:


Cape Breton Partnership to Host Atlantic Canadian Cannabis Forum

The Cape Breton Partnership has announced it will host an Atlantic Cannabis Forum on November 1-2, 2017 at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. The Forum’s purpose is to explore the potential challenges and opportunities related to the legalization of cannabis. The Forum will provide a platform for businesses, legislators, regulators, public health and safety authorities, as well as related services to come together to provide insights and advice for the future of the cannabis industry in Atlantic Canada. Some of the speakers set to take the stage at the Atlantic Cannabis Forum include Greg Engel, CEO of OrganiGram Holdings Inc. a company based out of Moncton and Shon Camenzind, Co-founder and Master Grower for THC Farms in Tacoma, Washington. Other speakers who have been added to the agenda are Rosy Mondin, Executive Director of the Cannabis Trade Alliance of Canada in British Colombia and Dr. Dominic Corva, Founder & Social Science Research Director with the Cannabis & Social Policy Centre, which is based in Seattle Washington. Additional speakers will be unveiled closer to the event in specialties related to health and safety, public policy, and business development. “Cannabis will soon be made legal across the country. The Partnership is hosting this forum to spur conversations about what the industry impact will have on businesses and the greater community,” said Keith MacDonald, President and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “This potential industry is so new there are numerous aspects that need to be considered and that is why the Partnership created this forum to learn from current industry experts and their experiences in other jurisdictions.” The Atlantic Cannabis Forum is a two-day event scheduled to start on the evening of November 1, followed by a full day event on November 2. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear several keynote presentations and then attend specific breakout sessions on the topics of their choice. The full agenda will be made available in the coming weeks. Those interested in learning more or looking register should visit Early bird pricing for the conference is $199 and will be in effect until Friday, October 13.  “The introduction of the cannabis industry has the potential to have a significant impact on the economy. The Forum will generate a regional discussion on the challenges and opportunities of the industry. I look forward to hearing about the impacts to date in Washington and other states. We anticipate a strong interest in the Forum and welcome industry experts to reach out to the Partnership to discuss their involvement,” said MacDonald. To learn more about the legalization of cannabis and the associated regulations visit the Government of Canada’s website.





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: 275 Charlotte St., Sydney, NS, B1P 1C6 (w) 902-562-0122 / (c) 902-565-8577 Jeff Stanley Economic Development Officer – Richmond County Cape Breton Partnership Office: 10036 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s, NS, B0E 3B0 (c) 902-631-4044 Patrick Austin Economic Development Officer – Victoria County Cape Breton Partnership Office: 495 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 (c) 902-294-0126
Jeremy Martell Communications and Meeting Coordinator – CBREN Cape Breton Partnership Office: 2357 Highway 206, Arichat, NS, B0E 1A0 (c) 902-631-5442



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





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