2023 Economic Impact Awards Winners Honoured at 2023 Investor SummitOctober 31, 2023

(Unama’ki – Cape Breton, NS) – The Cape Breton Partnership was thrilled to celebrate the impactful contributions of businesses, community organizations, and business leaders across Unama’ki – Cape Breton last evening during the annual Economic Impact Award presentation at the 2023 Investor Summit, held at the Inverary Resort overlooking beautiful Baddeck Bay. 

The 2023 Economic Impact Awards were presented with support from Bear Head Energy, Atlantic Lottery, Nova Scotia Power, Invest Nova Scotia, and Seaside Communications.

“It was a terrific evening celebrating the meaningful contributions of local businesses, leaders, and an important grassroots community organization who have gone the extra mile to not only make their businesses successful, but have made a meaningful and lasting impact for the communities across this great Island,” said Tyler Mattheis, President & CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “A special thank you to our award sponsors at the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Bear Head Energy, Invest Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power, and Seaside Communications. Without your support, these awards would not be possible.”

The recipients of the 2023 Economic Impact Awards included:

  • Richmond River Roots Market Garden Society
  • Larch Wood Canada
  • Rose’s Smash Burgers
  • Cape Breton Farmers’ Market
  • Cape Breton University

“Cape Breton University is honoured to receive a 2023 Economic Impact Award from the Cape Breton Partnership. Their work in economic development is crucial for this region,” says David C. Dingwall, President & Vice Chancellor of Cape Breton University. “CBU is committed to championing the Island’s prosperity, and we are working hard to deliver on that commitment each and every day. As CBU celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2024, we look to the future with optimism, hope and unrelenting resolve for what’s ahead.”

The recipients of the 2023 Economic Impact Awards are all organizations from various industries and communities across Unama’ki – Cape Breton. To be nominated, an organization or business must be nominated by an Investor of the Cape Breton Partnership and must have demonstrated a notable economic impact on Unama’ki – Cape Breton through new investment, innovation, and/ or workforce development in the last year. 


Media Contact:  
Jeremy Martell, Director of Communications
Cape Breton Partnership 

About the Economic Impact Awards:
The Economic Impact Awards annually recognize individuals and organizations from multiple industries for their outstanding contributions to the economy. Award recipients will be chosen based on their significant contribution to the Unama’ki – Cape Breton economy through innovation, entrepreneurship, and new investments.

About the Cape Breton Partnership:
The Cape Breton Partnership is Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s private sector-led economic development organization that supports companies and entrepreneurs by promoting our island as a great place to live and invest; growing a culture that values and celebrates creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and connecting entrepreneurs and companies to the resources they need to succeed. For more information, visit https://capebretonpartnership.com.

Katie LeBlanc and Norma Jean MacPhee Zinck of the Richmond River Roots Market Garden Society accept an Economic Impact Award from Paul MacLean, Managing Director at Bear Head Energy.

Wayne Ingraham of Larch Wood Canada accepts an Economic Impact Award from Stewart Whynott, Director of Thermal Plants for Nova Scotia Power.

Olivia Thorpe (left) and Raxx Bhim (right) of Rose’s Smash Burger & trickdough Baking Co. accept an Economic Impact Award from Allan Sullivan (centre), Director of Public Affairs for Atlantic Lottery.

Pauline Singer of the Cape Breton Farmers Market accepts an Economic Impact Award from Bob Pelley, Senior Corporate Advisor with Invest Nova Scotia.

President & Vice-Chancellor David Dingwall of Cape Breton University accepts an Economic Impact Award from Dean Abbass, Senior Manager for Seaside Communications.