Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network

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June 2017
Volume 1 | Issue 5


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 Cabot Trail Relay Race celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 27-28, as close to 1,200 runners descended on the island once again. Since the event started in 1988, over 27,000 runners have participated and it is estimated the event has brought close to $8 million into communities around the Cabot Trail. Click here for the full article in the Cape Breton Post.

Inverness County Business Dinner set for June 9

MABOU – Tourism Nova Scotia CEO Michele Saran will give the keynote address at the Inverness County Business Dinner set for June 9 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Mabou. The dinner is being hosted by the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network, which is administered by the Cape Breton Partnership. Registration and networking will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the dinner and presentations will get started at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 plus tax and should be purchased in advance online at A three-course meal (including salad, turkey dinner, and dessert) will be served by the local KOC, and the evening will be an opportunity for the local business community to network, hear from speakers and explore opportunities for the year ahead. In addition to Saran’s address, Parks Canada officials from the Cape Breton Highlands National Park will make a presentation on the year ahead as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary; and Keith MacDonald, president and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership, will provide an update on the work of the Partnership and the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network. “With such a banner tourism year expected, we’re excited to have Tourism Nova Scotia CEO Michele Saran and our local Parks Canada representatives address the local business community here in Inverness County,” said MacDonald. “It’s a great opportunity to come together before the busy summer season begins for our business owners and operators.” Saran became CEO of Tourism Nova Scotia in May 2016 after 17 years with Destination Canada including seven as executive director of Business Events Canada, a unit of the organization. There she helped drive international tourism to Canada while creating opportunities for private-sector growth. Saran holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Ryerson University in Toronto and her background includes sales positions with Tourism Toronto, Schenker International and several major hotel chains. For more information contact Laura Jean Grant at 902-294-0257 or



SYMPOSIUM SYNOPSIS CBREN economic development officer Patrick Austin attended the Legalization of Cannabis: Municipal Impacts Symposium in Halifax on May 26. Hosted by the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Centre, the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, and the Association of Municipal Administrators Nova Scotia, the event was designed to inform delegates about municipal issues and health impacts associated with the impending legalization of cannabis. The economic opportunities associated with the production and distribution of cannabis were also discussed.


Mountain Pine Adventures

Dingwall, Victoria County

This new eco-adventure company began operations in May. They offer a ziplining course with stunning mountain and ocean views, as well as guided gourmet adventure tours.




Source: Mountain Pine Adventures on Facebook



Salmon Pool Inn

Margaree, Inverness County

The inn recently featured their chef, Charles Beaton, of Mabou, on their Facebook page. They previewed some of the many fine foods they’ll be serving this summer including local, grass-fed beef, and fresh seafood.



Source: Salmon Pool Inn’s Facebook page.



Cakes by Rocking Chair Moments

Margaree Centre, Inverness County

Located at Ingraham’s Rite Stop in Margaree Centre, this bakery recently reached 250 likes on Facebook, and thanked its customers for the support.



Source: Cakes by Rocking Chair on Facebook

The Outdoor Store

Baddeck, Victoria County

A fixture of Baddeck’s main street, this popular retail outlet, owned by John and Rosalie Pino, is celebrating 25 years in business this year. Congratulations on the milestone!




Source: The Outdoor Store on Facebook



Dundee Resort & Golf Club

West Bay, Richmond County

Sonny Grewal and his business partner, brother Sumer, are the new owners of this landmark resort and golf club. They took over from longtime owner Scott MacAulay on June 1, when the sale was finalized.




Source: Dundee Resort & Golf Club



East Coast Sunshine Bed & Breky

St. Peter’s, Richmond County

This quaint bed and breakfast opened for the season on June 1. Located in the heart of the village, guests can walk to all the amenities offered in St. Peter’s.



Source: Bed & Breky on Facebook




Festiville Baddeck seeking vendors

BADDECK – Now in its second year, Festiville Baddeck is looking for vendors to take part in its 2017 events. We checked in with Festiville organizing committee member Iris Kedmi to learn more: Q. What is Festiville? A. Festiville is a celebration of community, culture and heritage featuring artisanal products, food, musicians, and entertainment, including but not limited to, buskers, choirs, face painting, sidewalk art and much more.   Q. What was the first year like? What was the reaction of community members and local business owners? A. We had three very successful events which were attended by a lot of people – locals and visitors. We received, and continue to receive, a lot of positive feedback from residents and local businesses.  The vendors were very pleased with the exposure and sales during the event. Q. How can vendors become involved? Vendors can get involved by  going on our website,, or by sending an email to Q. What are the dates for Festiville in 2017? A. Monday, July 3 and Monday, August 7, from 6-9 p.m. Q.Where can people find information and updates about Festiville? A. On our website,, and on our Festiville Baddeck Facebook page.



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 Damian MacInnis Economic Development Officer – Inverness County Cape Breton Partnership Office: 375 Main St., Port Hood, NS B0E 2W0 (w) 902-787-2876 / (c) 902-631-0415 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 Bobby Morris Economic Development Officer – BusinessNow Inverness, Richmond and Victoria Counties Cape Breton Partnership (c) 902-227-5386 Laura Jean Grant Communications Coordinator-CBREN Cape Breton Partnership Office: 495 Chebucto St., Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0 (c) 902-294-0257



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






Mailing address: 275 Charlotte Street Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1C6