Cape Breton Partnership Regional Enterprise Network


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 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


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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


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.

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

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

October/November 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

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