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Business Forum - Victoria County
Wed, 22 March 2017, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM ADT
Victoria County Business Forum
The Cape Breton Partnership invites you to attend the Victoria County Business Forum, which will be hosted by the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck. You are welcomed to join members of the private sector community for an afternoon to celebrate and support local business, foster collaboration, engage in discussion, and explore opportunities for the year ahead.
The Business Forum is free to attend, but pre-registration is required.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Registration and Networking
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. - Welcome and Buffet Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Introduction and overview of the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network/Cape Breton Partnership
· Keith MacDonald – President and CEO, Cape Breton Partnership
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. - Economic Development Officer Update and CBREN Communications Update
· Patrick Austin – Economic Development Officer, Cape Breton Partnership
· Laura Jean Grant – CBREN Communications Coordinator, Cape Breton Partnership
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion Featuring Business Owners from Victoria County
· Andrew Brooks – Publisher/Editor, the Victoria Standard
· Jill Franklin – Owner, Jill’s Chocolates and Iona Heights Inn
· Wendy and Courtney Smith – Owners, Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery, Victoria County Creates
· Caitlyn Purcell and Brenna Philips – Owners, Salty Rose’s and Periwinkle Café
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Nutrition and Networking Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Victoria County Tourism Strategy Update
· Tom Wilson – Director of Recreation & Tourism, Municipality of the County of Victoria
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Alexander Graham Bell Foundation and Historic Site Update
· Leslie Wright - Executive Director, Alexander Graham Bell Foundation
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Parks Canada Sites in Victoria County during Canada 150
· Madeline Harvey - Visitor Experience Manager, Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site
4:00 p.m. - Wrap Up
Keith MacDonald - President and CEO, Cape Breton Partnership
The longtime president and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership, Keith oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization and reports to a board of 20 business and community leaders representing a broad base of industry sectors from across Cape Breton Island and the Mulgrave area. Keith, a graduate of Cape Breton University, has been working in the development field for 20 years. He began his career in 1997 as coordinator of the Mabou and Area Community Development Association. He is also a very active volunteer in the community.
Patrick Austin - Economic Development Officer, Cape Breton Partnership
Patrick joined the Cape Breton Partnership as a member of the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network team in November. He serves as the economic development officer for Victoria County. Patrick holds a business degree from the University of Guelph and has extensive experience as a business owner himself, having owned and operated the Farmer’s Daughter Country Market in Whycocomagh for seven years. He also served in the military for seven years.
Laura Jean Grant - CBREN Communications, Cape Breton Partnership
Laura Jean joined the Cape Breton Partnership as communications coordinator for the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network in November. She now lives and works in her home community of Baddeck. Previously Laura Jean worked as a reporter with the Cape Breton Post in Sydney.
Andrew Brooks - Publisher/Editor, The Victoria Standard
Andrew is publisher and editor of The Victoria Standard, and president of The Victoria Standard's parent company, Bellwether Media Inc. A native of Truro, NS, he spent 20 years away from the province, living in Toronto, New York and Pittsburg and collecting skills, life lessons and experience in film, photography, graphic design, cultural anthropology and writing. In 2015, he moved back to his home province, settling in Baddeck with his wife Carolyn and son Amon.
Jill Franklin - Owner, Jill's Chocolates and the Iona Heights Inn
Jill is the owner and creative force behind the renowned Jill’s Chocolates company, which she started 13 years ago. More than two years ago, Jill, her husband Dan and their family took on even more – moving back to Jill’s home community of Iona, buying an inn, completely renovating it, and reopening it as the Iona Heights Inn. They have also opened an NSLC/convenience store and a pub on site, alongside her Jill’s Chocolates chocolate shop.
Wendy Smith and Courtney Smith - Owners, Glass Artisans Studio and Gallery
Wendy is from New Brunswick originally but moved to Cape Breton 21 years ago and started a small business, Heavenly Angels and Glass Creations, in Baddeck. Twelve years ago, she moved and opened a glass gallery on the North Shore called Glass Artisans. The Gallery has grown over the years to include a glass-blowing studio with an artist-in-residence program and on-site demos. This past summer Wendy and her daughter Courtney opened Victoria County Creates, a shop in Baddeck that brings together local artisans from all over the Victoria County. The gallery has its own artist-in-residence program and currently features over 70 artisans.
Caitlyn Purcell and Sarabeth Drover - Owners, Salty Roses's and the Periwinkle Café
Growing up in two separate Cape Breton communities, Caitlyn, from Sydney Mines and Sarabeth, from South Bar, both spent their summers in Ingonish where they developed a love and strong connection to the area. So, when they began dreaming about opening a business, they couldn’t imagine doing it anywhere other than Ingonish – to them it was just a natural fit. Today, Salty Rose’s and the Periwinkle Café is a reality and is home to a jewelry store, craft shop, café, and bed and breakfast overlooking the beautiful Ingonish coastline.
Tom Wilson - Director of Recreation and Tourism, Municipality of the County of Victoria
Tom is the Director of Recreation & Tourism for the Municipality of the County of Victoria and a project leader with the county’s broadband projects. He has extensive experience working with rural communities on recreation, tourism and broadband projects. A graduate of Dalhousie University with graduate work at University of North Texas, he also has numerous certificates and diplomas in everything from community economic development to tourism destination management. His department has won the Tourism Atlantic Technology Award for its work in broadband and assisting tourism operators with technology.
Leslie Wright - Executive Director, Alexander Graham Bell Foundation
Leslie Wright is the founding executive director of the Alexander Graham Bell Foundation, a nationally registered charity. Established in the fall of 2015, the foundation aims to build and support the capacity of Baddeck, Victoria County, Cape Breton, the province of Nova Scotia, and key partners like the Bell Family Descendants and the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, to tell the story of Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel Bell - their legacy, contribution to the world and the learnings and impacts that continue to be relevant to society today. Leslie’s work with the foundation is part of her work as a partner in Novita Interpares - Canada’s oldest cultural consultancy – since 1997. She has been a specialist in organizational governance and management in the public and non-profit sectors for 30 years, working at the local, provincial and national levels. Leslie divides her time between her home in Lunenburg, Baddeck and Toronto. In Lunenburg, she and her partner run a design and craft business – The Lunenburg Makery.
Madeline Harvey - Visitor Experience Manager - Alexander Graham Bell Historic Site
Madeline first joined Parks Canada as a student starting out as an interpreter at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, and going on to become an interpreter supervisor and manager of guide services at the site. Years later, in 2005, Madeline returned to work with Parks Canada on a special project at the Alexander Graham Bell site. She has been there ever since, serving in a range of positions. She is currently the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic site and visitor experience manager.
For more information, contact:
Laura Jean Grant
Communications Coordinator - Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network