Cape Breton Partnership Regional Enterprise Network

 

August 2018
Volume 2 | Issue 8

REGIONAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK

The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (REN) is a collaborative effort between the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Municipal Affairs, the Municipalities of Inverness, Richmond, & Victoria Counties, and Eskasoni, Membertou, & We’koqma’q First Nations. The Cape Breton REN activities are delivered by the Cape Breton Partnership with oversight from a private sector Board of Directors.

The Network’s primary goals are to lead regional economic strategies, support the development and attraction of new businesses, and the retention and expansion of existing businesses.

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IN THE NEWS

✔ The Cape Breton Post recently featured an article on the Cape Breton Partnership’s upcoming Investor Summit, being held October 4 at the Keltic Lodge in Ingonish.
Click here to read in the Cape Breton Post.

✔ The Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership’s available community and newcomers surveys were recently profiled by the Cape Breton Post.
Click here to read in the Cape Breton Post.

✔ The Cape Breton Partnership’s callout for board member nominations was recently mentioned in the Cape Breton Post.
Click here to read in the Cape Breton Post.

Develop Nova Scotia Visits
Cape Breton Island

In July the Nova Scotia Government announced the renaming and expanded mandate of the Waterfront Development Corporation, now Develop Nova Scotia. The crown corporation’s mandate will be responsible for the development of strategic economic infrastructure to support inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia.

It was also announced that the organization would be assigned a key new project in 2018-2019, leading the implementation strategy for rural internet in Nova Scotia on behalf of the Internet funding trust.

To prepare for this key project, Develop Nova Scotia scheduled engagement sessions across the province to introduce their organization and new mandate to key stakeholders, business owners, and municipal leaders.

During their first week of travel, the organization held a session in Whycocomagh, Inverness County, and were welcomed by over 70 attendees from across Cape Breton Island.
 
Presentations included a brief history of the organizations’s former projects, video presentations from previous projects, and introductions and question/answer periods from the Develop Nova Scotia team, including President & CEO, Jennifer Angel.

“In 2018, as our mandate expands to include responsibility for strategic economic land and infrastructure across Nova Scotia, we will work with community and industry to develop a 5 year strategic plan that responds to and informs this challenge,” said Jennifer Angel. “We will continue to advance transformative projects that are important for Nova Scotians.”

Though there are few details available at this time, while Develop Nova Scotia prepares for their next three months getting their operations ready for their new project, representatives did note they intend to work with the province’s regional enterprise networks on this project, as well as future projects, as activities progress.

Strait Area
Summer Socials

In late July, the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Breton Partnership, and Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network co-hosted three Summer Socials across the Strait Area, celebrating the warm summer with business owners, economic development professionals, and various organization representatives while toasting future success for all.

Events also included short updates, thanks, and conversations with Chamber Executive Director Amanda Mombourquette and various representatives of the CBREN.

We’d like to thank our Summer Social venues and entertainers for their fantastic hospitality and a great round of entertainment enjoyed by all:

  • Miller’s Tap and Grill, Town of Port Hawkesbury
  • The Admiral Lounge and Dining Room, Port Hood (Inverness County), with entertainment by
    Eddie Cummings
  • The Groundswell Pub, D’Escousse (Richmond County), with entertainment by Brett Pierce

Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy

Skye Glen, Inverness County

On August 19, author Brenda MacLennan-Dunphy read from her first novel “Never Speak of This Again” at the Inverness County Center for the Arts. MacLennan-Dunphy was joined by two other local authors who are also in the Pottersfield Press catalogue this year, Anne Levesque and Frank Macdonald.

Source: Port Hawkesbury Reporter (August 14, 2018)

NSCC Hosts Welding Camp for Mi’kmaq Youth with We’koqma’q Elder

We’koqma’q First Nation

The Strait Area campus for Nova Scotia Community College recently hosted at 4-day camp, Mind Over Metal, for a dozen Mi’kmaq youth, helping them connect with their cultural traditions through modern trades. Participants learned how to weld items such as traditional eel spear and how to use them from Joe Googoo Sr. of We’koqma’q First Nation.

Source: CBC.ca (August 18, 2018)

NuStar Energy

Point Tupper, Richmond County

NuStar Energy recently raised $115,000 for cancer patient care fund and Caleb’s Courage charity through their Fairways to Success annual golf tournament in August. This is the second year choosing Caleb’s Courage as their designated charity for the tournament, a charity created with love by Nicole and Mike MacArthur in memory of their son whose name the charity now shares.

Source: Cape Breton Lokol Website (August 14, 2018)

Whycocomagh Co-op

Whycocomagh, Inverness County

The Whycocomagh Co-op recently celebrated its 80th year of business in the Inverness County community. Celebrations included various specials in store, cake and tea for customers, and an essay contest for local graduates to apply towards for a $500 bursary in post-secondary education.

Source: Facebook Page

Inverary Resort

Baddeck, Victoria County

Earlier this summer, the Inverary Resort in Baddeck played host to a press launch with Subaru showcasing their 2019 Ascent. Driving Television was in attendance and gave a fully detailed video on the vehicle, based at the resort and travelling on the Cabot Trail.

Source: Driving Television Youtube Channel (July 17, 2018)

Cakes By Emmy

Louisdale, Richmond County

Richmond County-based Cakes by Emmy was recently interviewed by Telile Community Television. Interviewer Becky Bourinot asked owner Emily Landry about the company’s creative (and delicious) cakes and showcased some of the colourful creations.

Source: Cakes by Emmy Facebook Page (From Telile Community Television)

Devon Paul, Rapper

Eskasoni First Nation

The Cape Breton Post recently profiled 24-year-old rapper Devon Paul of Eskasoni First Nation. Paul previously performed with City Natives, an Aboriginal group of national acclaim, and rejoined them earlier this month for a performance at the Mi’kmaq Summer Games. Paul also recently collaborated on a song and music video, Gentle Warrior, featuring singer Kalolin Johnson and Thunder Herney.

Source: Cape Breton Post (August 22, 2018)

Bellwether Media Inc.

Baddeck, Victoria County

Bellwether Media recently worked on the Victoria County Awaits, An Insider’s Guide, showcasing all the County has to offer visitors and residents alike. Bellwether Media worked on the guide with Inverness County’s Take Note Graphic Design.

Source: Facebook Page

Senator Dan Christmas

Membertou First Nation

Senator Daniel Christmas, the first Mi’kmaw member of Canada’s upper chamber, officially opened an office on the Membertou First Nation recently. Senator Christmas was joined by many local residents for the opening celebrations, as well as Membertou Chief Terry Paul.

Source: Cape Breton Post (July 13, 2018)
Click here to view the latest issue of Elevate Magazine, a publication from the Cape Breton Partnership.

Elevate – August 2018

Elevate Magazine highlights local businesses and good news stories in all industries from across Cape Breton Island. Written, edited and produced by the Cape Breton Partnership’s highly skilled team, in collaboration with the Chronicle Herald, Elevate Magazine is your business tool to stay on top of what’s happening around the island.

The magazine enjoys a print run of nearly 3,000 copies four times a year and reaches readers from across the country.

You can find the latest online high-resolution flip-book here or click the cover.

Click below for the latest issues of the Cape Breton Partnership’s monthly newsletters.
The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network staff are here to work with you.
Here’s how to reach us:
Carla Arsenault
President & CEO
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 285 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NS
(w) 902-562-0122
carla@capebretonpartnership.com

Jeremy Martell
CBREN Communications Coordinator
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 2357 Highway 206, Arichat, NS
(c) 902-631-5442
jeremy@capebretonpartnership.com

Patrick Austin
Economic Development Officer
Victoria County
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 495 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS
(c) 902-294-0126
patrick@capebretonpartnership.com

Jeff Stanley
Economic Development Officer
Richmond County
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 10036 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s, NS
(c) 902-631-4044
jeff@capebretonpartnership.com

Morgan Murray
Innovation Director
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 375 Main Street, Port Hood, NS
(c) 902-227-5386
morgan@capebretonpartnership.com

Click the links below to check out past editions of the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network newsletter:

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

October/November 2017

September 2017

August 2017

Stay up to date with the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network – Serving the Municipalities of the of Inverness, Richmond, & Victoria Counties and Eskasoni, Membertou, & We’koqma’q First Nations

 

July 2018
Volume 2 | Issue 7

REGIONAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK

The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (REN) is a collaborative effort between the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Municipal Affairs, the Municipalities of Inverness, Richmond, & Victoria Counties, and Eskasoni, Membertou, & We’koqma’q First Nations. The Cape Breton REN activities are delivered by the Cape Breton Partnership with oversight from a private sector Board of Directors.

The Network’s primary goals are to lead regional economic strategies, support the development and attraction of new businesses, and the retention and expansion of existing businesses.

Click here to signup for future communications from the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network.

 

IN THE NEWS

✔ The Cape Breton Post attended the recent announcement from the Honourable Mark Eyking, MP for Sydney-Victoria, recognizing the two-year $135,326 pilot program, Think Export N.O.W., an initiative of the Cape Breton Partnership to expand export growth on the Island.
Click here to read in the Cape Breton Post.

✔ The Cape Breton Post covered the recent news that the Cape Breton Partnership, through its Creative Island initiative, will be partnering with Mashup Lab to bring the Dream Business Program to Cape Breton, for free, helping budding entrepreneurs make their business dreams a reality.
Click here to read in the Cape Breton Post.

✔ The Port Hawkesbury Reporter took part in a recent community session held in Arichat by the Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership, an initiative of the Cape Breton Partnership.
Click here to read in the Reporter.

Think Export N.O.W.
Export Growth Service Announcement

On June 28, 2018, an announcement took place at the Cape Breton Partnership’s Sydney office debuting the Think Export N.O.W. (Navigating Opportunities Worldwide), a two-year program through the Cape Breton Partnership that identifies and assists local businesses that are interested in exporting to new global markets. The Government of Canada is investing $136,326 in the Cape Breton Partnership to deliver the program that will improve access to export opportunities for local businesses on Cape Breton Island.The announcement was made by the Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament (MP) for Sydney-Victoria on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The investment was made through ACOA’s Business Development Program which will allow the Partnership to work with the private sector to advance export opportunities in Cape Breton.

 

Dreamers Wanted: New Program to Turn Cape Breton Business Dreams Into Reality

 

Do you dream of starting your own business? Of working for yourself? Of turning your creativity and ingenuity into your job? A new program will help scores of Cape Bretoners do just that.

As part of the Creative Island initiative, the Cape Breton Partnership is teaming up with Mashup Lab—a Bridgewater-based organization that supports rural entrepreneurs—to bring the Dream Business Program to Cape Breton, for free, for the first time.
Mashup Lab’s Dream Business Program takes ten people and their new business ideas through all the stages of turning their business dreams into a reality. The six-month program combines live online group sessions — which participants can access from anywhere they can get online—with 1-on-1 coaching and mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs. The half-way mark of the program is highlighted by a Celebration Night where participants present their fledgling businesses to a group of entrepreneurs and business experts. Upon completing the program, receive a “startup kit” of more than $5,000 worth of services—like accounting, sales, branding, and marketing—and as well as help navigating various support and funding opportunities beyond the program.

Thanks to the Creative Island initiative, Mashup Lab’s Dream Business Program will be run eight times over the next two years free for participants from Cape Breton communities. That means as many as 80 new businesses could be started around the island.

The first free cohort of the program kicks off on September 11, and applications are open now. The program is open to anyone in Cape Breton with any kind of business idea at any stage of development, all they need is a business dream and a willingness to work on it. To apply or learn more about the Dream Business collaboration with Mashup Lab, visit www.thecreativeisland.com/dreambusiness.

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing from the residents of our communities on why they choose Cape Breton.

 

Steven Googoo
Band Councillor, We’koqma’q First Nation
We’koqma’q First Nation
“I was fortunate enough to be born in Unamaki (Cape Breton). I chose to stay and reside here because there’s no other Island in the world like it. My Mi’kmaw ancestors survived here for 13,000 years because of its richness in resources. They learned how to move in-land during the tough winter months and close to rivers during the summer months. I reside in one of the 5 First Nation Communities in Unamaki, known as We’koqma’q, which translates to “Where the Community Begins”. Here, I’m part of a council that governs a population of 1000 people. With a fast growing population, our job is to ensure we focus on economic development, housing, and families.
Our mission is to provide opportunities for those that wish to stay or even move back home. #Unamaki” 

 

Shauna Austin
Owner, The Clairestone Inn
Isle Madame, Richmond County
“Funny story: I was a moody teenager. ‘I’m bored,’ were the words that came to mind the most. I was growing up on Isle Madame, but  I wanted the life like I saw in the movies – full of excitement and hundreds of things to do. So, after university, I made Halifax/Dartmouth my home. Fast forward 20 years and 2 kids later and I finally (FINALLY!) started to appreciate the “Cape Breton life”. What is the Cape Breton life? First and most important: family. These are my roots and the most important people in my life (with the exception of my boyfriend, who commutes from Halifax on weekends and is from the island) are within a 10 minute drive. My kids have friends who have time to just hang out, which is rare in the city where kids are scheduled tighter than a politician. People are supportive in small communities. Even if they aren’t able to support your business directly, they support indirectly by becoming your biggest cheerleaders. I have found a contentment here with Cape Breton’s relaxed vibe. It is a little challenging getting accustomed to having to wait for things when the city life affords the luxury of convenience (I really miss Costco!), but it’s a small price to pay for the peace and tranquility found on Cape Breton Island.”

 

 

We’koqma’q Steelhead Trout

We’koqma’q First Nation

Cape Breton – Canso MP Rodger Cuzner recently announced a contribution of $1 Million in funding to help We’koqma’q First Nation expand its aquaculture operations by purchasing new cages, nets, moorings, and a work barge, as well as upgrading docks, performing electrical work, and adding a fish counter. The funding will create 10 new jobs and will enable over one million fingerlings to be grown for market annually.

 

 

 

Source: Port Hawkesbury Reporter (June 4, 2018)

 

 

Centre de la Mi-Carême

Grand Étang, Inverness County

The Cape Breton Post recently profiled Inverness County’s Centre de la Mi-Carême, sharing its story and culture. The Centre is dedicated to celebrating (and teaching about) Acadian traditions, specifically Mi-Carême, where participants don homemade costumes and masks during the fourth week of Lent.

 

 

 

Source: Cape Breton Post (July 16, 2018)

 

 

Eskasoni Cultural Journeys

Eskasoni First Nation

Eskasoni Cultural Journeys was recently profiled by the Cape Breton Post, noting their impressive booking numbers over the last few tourism seasons. Located at Goat Island, the tours give visitors a glimpse in Mi’kmaq life prior to the 1700s and 1800s. Tours include both hikes through the natural wooded landscape surrounded by the Bras d’Or Lake and (new to the 2018 season) canoe rentals.

 

 

 

Source: Cape Breton Post (June 4, 2018)

 

 

Highlands Hostel

Cape North, Victoria County

Highlands Hostel, Cape North (Victoria County), was recently the focus of a piece by Vice, noting the unique style the Hostel brings to the Cabot Trail. Owner Bricin Lyons is a well-known downhill racer and founder of Attack on Danger Bay, the oldest sanctioned longboarding race in the world. Located in a converted church-building, the Highlands Hostel offers visitors a unique experience of music and food on a nightly basis for visitors from near and far.

 

 

 

Source: Vice.com (July 12, 2018)
and Facebook Page

 

 

Oakpoint Living

Mabou, Inverness County

Oak Point Living, a soon-to-open seniors living home, was recently featured in the Inverness Oran, detailing the passion behind owners Stephen and Charlene Gillis and the road that has led them to open the new home. Located on the property of the former Mabou Consolidated School, the home will blend worry-free living opportunities for seniors with nursing care, offering medication pickup, transportation, medical appointment scheduling, and home maintenance help.

 

 

 

Source: Inverness Oran (July 4, 2018) and Facebook Page

L’Ardoise General Store

L’Ardoise, Richmond County

The L’Ardoise General Store in Richmond County recently celebrated a grand re-opening to recognize their new ownership and rebranding as Cotie Convenience. New owner and longtime employee of the General Store, Michelle Cotie, celebrated the re-opening with roughly 60 attendees from the community.

 

 

 

Source: Cape Breton Post (July 12, 2018) and Facebook Page

 

 

Bill Conall, Author

Tarbot, Victoria County

Prize-winning author Bill Conall has released his newest piece, “Some Days Run Long”, published by Boularderie Island Press and launched at the Baddeck Library on July 5. A collection with several stories showcasing Conall’s trademark humour, “Some Days Run Long” follows Conall’s previous books “The Rock in the Water” and “The Promised Land: A Novel of Cape Breton”.

 

 

 

Source: Victoria Standard (July 4, 2018)

 

 

Membertou Boatbuilding

Membertou First Nation

The Honourable Mark Eyking, MP for Sydney-Victoria, recently announced an investment of $750,000 for Membertou Council to enter into the boat building industry. The project, a joint-venture with Canadian Maritime Engineering, will provide Membertou council with the skills, knowledge and training to produce quality vessels using fibreglass hulls from Samson Enterprises in Arichat, Richmond County.

 

 

 

Source: CBC.ca (May 25, 2018)

 

 

Fraser’s Motel and Cottages

Cheticamp, Inverness County

A writer with the Toronto Sun recently made a trip across the Cabot Trail, stopping at (and noting the great service from) several Cape Breton businesses and attractions along the way while riding their motorcycles. Fraser’s Motel and Cottages was noted as an affordable and enjoyable place to stay while enjoying the Trail.

 

 

 

Source: Toronto Sun (June 27, 2018)

 

 

The Island Nest

Arichat, Richmond County

Arichat’s Island Nest has undergone new changes and renovations to both its bar and outdoor patio area. The new bar area has been expanded for better service to customers and the newly re-opened patio offers a wide-open view of Arichat Harbour, nearby Cap Auget & Jerseyman Island, and even far-off Canso (on a clear day).

 

 

 

Source: Facebook Page

 

 

 

Click here to view the latest issue of Elevate Magazine, a publication from the Cape Breton Partnership.

Highlights for the May 2018 issue include:

  • CBU’s President and Vice Chancellor, David C. Dingwall;
  • The new owner at Richmond County’s Clairestone Inn (formerly L’Auberge Acadienne Inn);
  • Introductions to Cape Breton’s four Municipalities’ Chief Administrative Officers; and
  • Updates & regional buzz from Cape Breton’s business community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click below for the latest issues of the Cape Breton Partnership’s monthly newsletters.

 

 

 

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

 

Carla Arsenault
President & CEO
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 285 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NS
(w) 902-562-0122
carla@capebretonpartnership.comJeremy Martell
CBREN Communications Coordinator
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 2357 Highway 206, Arichat, NS
(c) 902-631-5442
jeremy@capebretonpartnership.com

Kalen Long
CBREN Project Coordinator
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 10036 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s, NS
(c) 902-631-3549
kalen@capebretonpartnership.com

Patrick Austin
Economic Development Officer
Victoria County
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 495 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS
(c) 902-294-0126
patrick@capebretonpartnership.comJeff Stanley
Economic Development Officer
Richmond County
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 10036 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s, NS
(c) 902-631-4044
jeff@capebretonpartnership.com

Morgan Murray
Innovation Director
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 375 Main Street, Port Hood, NS
(c) 902-227-5386
morgan@capebretonpartnership.com

 

 

Click the links below to check out past editions of the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network newsletter:

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

October/November 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

 

 

 

 

Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network

Mailing address:
285 Alexandra Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1S 2E8

Cape Breton Partnership’s Community Update

 

 

Develop Nova Scotia

Jennifer Angel, President and CEO of Develop Nova Scotia, invites you to
participate in a community engagement session to learn more about the vision
for Develop Nova Scotia as well as an update and discussion on the provincial
rural internet strategy.

Please see below a schedule of events. Kindly RSVP at rsvp.atlantic@national.ca with the specific event location you will attend.

 

Schedule of events:

Antigonish St. FX Charles Keating Centre – 1100 Convocation Boulevard
Wednesday, August 8th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Whycocomagh Fire Hall – 9519 Trans-Canada Hwy
Thursday, August 9th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Yarmouth Mariner’s Centre
Tuesday, August 14th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Kentville NSCC – 236 Belcher Street
Wednesday, August 15th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lunenburg Fire Hall – 25 Medway Street
Thursday, August 16th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Truro NSCC – 36 Arthur Street
Tuesday, August 21st, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

NSCC Ivany Campus – 80 Mawiomi Place, Dartmouth
Wednesday, August 22nd, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

 

 

Light lunch will be provided.

 

Our mailing address is:

Cape Breton Partnership

285 Alexandra Street

Sydney, NS

B1S 2E8

Canada

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Come join the Cape Breton Partnership, Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network, and the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce as they host a series of summer social events across the Strait Area! There is no cost to attend, but
registration is recommended by clicking here.
May 2018
Volume 2 | Issue 5

REGIONAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK

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, support the development and attraction of new businesses, and the retention and expansion of existing businesses.

Click here to signup for future communications from the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network.


IN THE NEWS

✔ The Chronicle Herald recently profiled the Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership’s (CBLIP) series of community engagement sessions, hearing from Program Manager, Kailea Pedley. The CBLIP is an initiative of the Cape Breton Partnership.
Click here to read in the Chronicle Herald.✔ The Cape Breton Post recently profiled the Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium, presented by the Cape Breton Partnership. The Symposium included the Safety First in Cape Breton Awards, presented to several business across Cape Breton.
Click here to read in the Cape Breton Post.✔ Various media outlets recently covered the news of the Cape Breton Partnership and CBREN announcing their new CEO, Carla Arsenault.
Click here to read in the Cape Breton Post.✔ The Cape Breton Post attended the recent update and luncheon highlighting David Dingwall’s first 60 days as president and vice chancellor of Cape Breton University (CBU), as well as an update on CBU’s economical impact on Cape Breton Island and a vision for CBU’s future in engaging the entire island to ensure its continued success. The event was presented by the Cape Breton Partnership, and hosted at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.
Click here to read in the Cape Breton Post.

Welcoming Carla Arsenault:
President & CEO,
Cape Breton Partnership and CBREN

The Cape Breton Partnership has recently embraced a new President and Chief Executive Officer, Carla Arsenault. 

Carla earned a Bachelor of Public Relations with a Certificate in Marketing, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), specializing in Management Consulting. She has spent 15 years in the global corporate sector with Electronic Data Systems and Hewlett Packard developing solutions to operational barriers and challenges. Over the past year Carla has worked as the Partnership’s Chief Operating Officer ensuring the organization’s objectives aligned with the strategic vision set forward by the Board of Directors. Carla has also lead the implementation of several key projects and managed the core activities for the Cape Breton Partnership and Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network.

Through her strategic planning, expertise in investor relations and understanding of the challenges facing the Cape Breton economy – and after an intensive third-party recruitment competition – Carla’s dedication and understanding of Cape Breton Island earned her the position of President and CEO at the Partnership and CBREN. 

The Partnership is excited to announce Carla’s success in this role and eagerly waits to see what Carla’s leadership will bring to the island. Along with her guidance and vision, Carla will undoubtedly be influential in the overall prosperity of the Partnership and Cape Breton’s economy for years to come. Congratulations Carla!

Victoria County Business Dinner

  
  

Ingonish – Over 60 representatives from local businesses and organizations attended the May 17 Business Dinner, hosted by the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CBREN) at theKeltic Lodge at the Highlands.

The dinner included networking opportunities and updates/remarks from Victoria County Warden Bruce Morrison, CBREN Economic Development Officer Patrick Austin, and President & CEO for the Cape Breton Partnership & CBREN, Carla Arsenault. Keynote Speaker, Celtic Colours International Festival Executive Director Mike MacSween, provided an update on the festival’s banner year in 2017 and a forward look at what to expect for 2018, as well as a look at the role that both the Festival and Victoria County play in Cape Breton’s tourism and economy. The presentation included a reminder that Cape Breton business doesn’t need to be tied to the traditional tourism season months, and opportunities are emerging to extend business’s operations longer each year

Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from a local business owner, Jay Rawding of Highland Bow & Arrow, on her journey in setting up a new business in the community of Skir Dhu along the Cabot Trail. Jay’s passion for archery, and sharing that knowledge with customers of all ages and backgrounds, has led to mutually beneficial collaborations with the local business community.

The Victoria County Business Dinner was presented by the Cape Breton Partnership, the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network, the Municipality of the County of Victoria, and the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce. We thank all attendees for an evening of celebration and networking, and a special thanks to guest speakers Mike MacSween and Jay Rawding for sharing their experiences and perspectives. We look forward to the next year of successful and collaborative business.

On May 15 the Cape Breton Partnership, in collaboration with our partners at the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, hosted the sixth annual Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Safety Symposium is an event dedicated to promoting safe workplace practices by creating awareness with stories and examples of hazards and success stories involving workplace safety. This was a daylong event consisting of keynote speakers and breakout sessions discussing different experiences involving workplace safety.

The Safety Symposium also announced the winners of the 2018 Safety First in Cape Breton Awards. This is the second year in a row that the Partnership has hosted the awards to honour the winners for their outstanding work and dedication to safety in the workplace.

The winners of the 2018 Safety First in Cape Breton Awards are as follows:

  • Safety Culture Champion Award: Seaside Wireless Communications
  • Engagement Ally Award: Don Martell, Strait Area Safety Services
  • Young Advocate Award: Grace Chen, Technology Co-op Student, Nova Scotia Power
  • Small Business Trailblazer Award: Celtic Air Services Limited
  • Innovation Expert Award: Roland Michaelis, Victoria Co-operative Fisheries Limited

Click below for the latest issues of the Cape Breton Partnership’s monthly newsletters.


Strait Area Chamber of Commerce
Annual General Meeting and Awards Gala

The Cape Breton Partnership and Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network were proud to have attended the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce AGM and Awards Gala at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on May 24. We would like to extend our congratulations to the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce on a successful evening of celebrating local business success and community leadership, and to all the gala’s award recipients:

  • Allana Richardson, President’s Award
  • Jeremy Murray (NSCC), Student Leadership Award
  • Loretta Gould (Mi’kmaq Artist, We’koqma’q First Nation), Cultural Award of Merit
  • Blaise MacEachern (Celtic Shores Coastal Trail), Kevin Beaton Heart of the Community Award
  • Herman & Norma Boudreau (CH Boudreau Funeral Home), Jack Hartery Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for Business
Hearing from the residents of our communities on why they choose Cape Breton.
Sara Rankin
Sara Rankin Creative Co.
Mabou, Inverness County
“There has always been something special about Cape Breton. It’s a unique blend of friendly neighbours, vibrant cultures, stunning scenery and lively music which ultimately binds us together and makes us fiercely proud of who we are and where we come from. I was blessed to grow up in the lovely village of Mabou and then I did what most young Capers do and left for out West to further my education and ultimately find work. Although I enjoyed my Western experience, I always knew my place was here. So in 2016, I took a somewhat scary leap of faith and returned home to operate my freelance design business, full time. Everyday,I have the good fortune of working with local start-ups who are experiencing the very same joy and excitement that I am currently experiencing from owning and operating a business in Cape Breton. That alone gives me every reason I need to choose (and love) my life in Cape Breton.”
Wendy Smith
Owner / Manager, Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery
North Shore, Victoria County“I came to Cape Breton 23 years ago, taking my family with me and leaving a career behind. Falling in love with the Island, I knew that choosing to live here meant I would need to create my own opportunities, so I turned my glass-hobby into a business and today we have the Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery. It wasn’t a difficult choice, the area is beautiful and has a thriving artistic and entrepreneurial community that make it an easy choice to continue making every day. Even the winter months, when there are fewer travelers in the area, give me the time to let my creative process take its course and replenish product in time for the summer when it’s time to sell my art again. I truly love my community and my work. It’s like they say:
Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Alvin Martell
Councillor, Municipality of the County of Richmond
West Arichat, Richmond County

  ” I was born in Richmond County, in the small community of Samson’s Cove near Petit-de-Grat. Back then, it was basically all small communities, but also big families. Communities and families that stuck close together and were always ready with a helping hand. That is a truth that still exists in our communities today, and is a big part of why I keep choosing Cape Breton. The families have become smaller, but that has led to the opportunity to welcome in new residents and businesses. Those new residents and families breath new life into our communities. I choose to live and serve in a community that provides these new opportunities to anyone willing to reach out and grab them, whether they are newcomers to the area or those whose family have lived here for generations.”

Victoria Standard

Baddeck, Victoria County

The Victoria Standard has earned seven nominations for Newspaper Atlantic’s 2018 Better Newspapers Competition (up from five in 2017) in the following categories: Investigative Story; Editorial; Cartoon; Advertising Campaign; Ad Class 1 (Small); Page Design; and Brand Builder. The awards gala will take place on June 1 in Halifax.

Source: Newspaper Atlantic News Room (May 8, 2018)

Archer’s Edge

Judique, Inverness County

Archer’s Edge Luxury Camping is setting up to offer a unique glamping experience in Judique (Inverness County) this summer. Local businesses Sara Rankin Creative Co and Steve Rankin Photography are also helping to get their new website up and running.

Source: Archer’s Edge Luxury Camping Facebook Page

Canal Dental

St. Peter’s, Richmond County

Staff at Canal Dental in St. Peter’s (Richmond County) were recently recognized for their good work by the Nova Scotia Health Authority for “outstanding contributions to the oral health of our community”.

Source: Canal Dental Facebook Page

Clairestone Inn

Arichat, Richmond County

The Clairestone Inn in Arichat (formerly l’Auberge Acadienne Inn) has been undergoing a refresh and a number of renovations, including the new name. Named to honour new owner Shauna Austin’s mother, you can find out more about the new ownership at the Inn in the latest issue of Elevate Magazine!

Source: Clairestone Inn Facebook Page

Victoria Cooperative Fisheries

Neil’s Harbour, Victoria County

Victoria Co-operative Fisheries Ltd.was recently recognized with the Minister’s Excellence Award from the Minister of Agriculture and Aquaculture, Keith Colwell, citing their “success in growing Nova Scotia’s global seafood presence through tireless market development activities for high-quality Nova Scotia seafood products.”

Source: Victoria Standard (May 9, 2018)

Route 19 Brewery

Inverness, Inverness County

Inverness will soon be home to Cape Breton Island’s newest craft beer maker – Route 19 Brewery. Ryan MacIsaac, one of the partners in the new business, says the new brewery is set to open in the summer of 2018.

Source: CBC Information Morning (Apr. 30, 2018)
Click here to view the latest issue of Elevate Magazine, a publication from the Cape Breton Partnership.

Highlights for the May 2018 issue include:

  • CBU’s President and Vice Chancellow, David C. Dingwall;
  • The new owner at Richmond County’s Clairestone Inn (formerly L’Auberge Acadienne Inn);
  • Introductions to Cape Breton’s four Municipalities’ Chief Administrative Officers; and
  • Updates & regional buzz from Cape Breton’s business community.
The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network staff are here to work with you.
Here’s how to reach us:
Carla Arsenault
President & CEO
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 285 Alexandra Street, Sydney, NS
(w) 902-562-0122
carla@capebretonpartnership.comJeremy Martell
CBREN Communications and Meeting Coordinator
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 2357 Highway 206, Arichat, NS
(c) 902-631-5442
jeremy@capebretonpartnership.comKalen Long
CBREN Project Coordinator
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 10036 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s, NS
(c) 902-631-3549
kalen@capebretonpartnership.com
Patrick Austin
Economic Development Officer
Victoria County
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 495 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS
(c) 902-294-0126
patrick@capebretonpartnership.comJeff Stanley
Economic Development Officer
Richmond County
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 10036 Grenville Street, St. Peter’s, NS
(c) 902-631-4044
jeff@capebretonpartnership.comMorgan Murray
Inverness County
Cape Breton Partnership
Office: 375 Main Street, Port Hood, NS
(c) 902-227-5386
morgan@capebretonpartnership.com
Click the links below to check out past editions of the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network newsletter:

April 2018

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February 2018

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December 2017

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