(Unama’ki – Cape Breton) – Champions,leaders, and allies in the Health and Safety industry will be recognized at the annual Safety First in Cape Breton Awards, set for Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre at the 2024 Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium.

The awards recognize individuals, businesses and committees who support building a strong culture of occupational health and safety in workplaces across Unama’ki – Cape Breton, and who go above and beyond the call of duty to innovate, continuously improve, and make a difference.

On behalf of the Cape Breton Partnership, event partners at the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration, WCB Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Power, and award sponsor at Protocase, the following Safety First in Cape Breton Award recipients have been recognized for the following awards:

This year’s Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium is set to welcome delegates to the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre for an inspirational day of networking, learning, and finding ways we can all make a difference in making Unama’ki – Cape Breton the safest place to do business. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, visit a trade show, and hear from fascinating keynote speakers, enjoy a panel discussion, and more.

“Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees this year. It’s our pleasure to acknowledge and the good work people are doing to ensure everyone goes home safely at the end of the day,” said Blaise MacNeil, Safety Advisor, Awareness and Outreach with LSI, and Co-Chair of the Safety First in Cape Breton Committee.

The Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium is the only event of its kind in Unama’ki – Cape Breton and is committed to making the Island the safest place to work and do business by prioritizing physical, psychosocial, and mental health of the workforce in our region.

“Thank you to all of those who submitted nominations, and to those who were nominated. We are excited to celebrate all nominees and winners at the Symposium on May 8th,” added Kelly Johnston-Noseworthy, Relationship Manager with WCB Nova Scotia and Co-Chair of the Safety First in Cape Breton Committee.

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Media Contact: 

Carly Appleton
Cape Breton Partnership 
Carly@capebretonpartnership.com
902-562-0122 

About the Cape Breton Partnership:  

The Cape Breton Partnership is Unama’ki – Cape Breton’s private sector-led economic development organization that supports companies and entrepreneurs by promoting our Island as a great place to live, work, 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. 

Unama’ki – Cape Breton, NS The Safety First in Cape Breton Network is excited to announce that Early Bird Registration is now open for the 2024 Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium, set to take place Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at Membertou Trade & Convention Centre from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium is made possible thanks to network sponsors and partners, the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI), Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB Nova Scotia), the Cape Breton Partnership, and the Safety First Planning committee. The Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium is Unama’ki – Cape Breton’s signature safety event, bringing together a wide variety of employers and workers from all sectors across the Island, united in their pursuit of making Unama’ki – Cape Breton the safest place to work.

“The Cape Breton Partnership is honoured to once again work alongside all partners, sponsors, and volunteers to continue empowering leadership in health and safety, and drive change in continuously improving our workplace cultures so that everyone goes home safely at the end of the day,” said Tyler Mattheis, President & CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership.

This year’s Symposium plans to deliver a full-day of learning, keynote presentations, a panel discussion, and interactive networking opportunities for attendees.

“This year’s Symposium is going to be an insightful and engaging day,” said Blaise MacNeil, Co-Chair of the Safety First in Cape Breton Network, and a member of the Safety Branch Awareness & Outreach team at LSI. “We have two terrific keynote speakers this year, a great panel, and more opportunities for the audience to engage, as we’ve changed the format from previous years.”

The Symposium format, which has always consisted of concurrent breakout sessions with a variety of topics is shifting this year.

“We’ve heard from a lot of attendees in the past that while breakouts were valuable, they missed out on the other topics they were interested in,” said Kelly Johnston-Noseworthy, Co-Chair, and Relationship Manager with WCB Nova Scotia. “By holding everything in one room, attendees will get the opportunity to engage in all of the content of the day, while networking with their peers. We have also added a new component called the Have Your Say Soap Box, which will give attendees an opportunity to sign-up to share a learning or challenge they are facing in their workplace in regards to workplace health and safety to share with the audience or brainstorm.”

Joining the symposium as the Keynote Speakers this year are Jeff Ward, General Manager of Membertou Heritage Park, who will deliver Safety Since time immemorial – Indigenous teachings with a modern day purpose – a Two-Eyed approach to safety, and Impactful Speaker and Leadership Disrupter, Phil Jewell, who will deliver Serve to Lead – a fresh perspective for fostering psychological safety.

The day will also feature a panel discussion about resiliency, and activities and presentations on other relevant topics, such as: Supervisor Training, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility, Return to Work, and Gradual On-set Stress.  

Don’t miss out on your chance to take advantage of the Early Bird price of $129.99 + tax. This price is only available until April 5, 2024, when prices go up to $159.99 + tax.

As part of the Symposium, the 2024 Safety First in Cape Breton Awards, proudly sponsored by Protocase will be handed out to individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to improve their workplace safety culture. If you know of a deserving individual or organization, please consider nominating them for a Safety First in Cape Breton Award. To learn more about the award categories, or to submit a nomination, please visit http://www.safetyfirstcapebreton.com/about-safetyfirstawards. The deadline to submit a nomination is noon on April 26, 2024.

To learn more about the 2024 Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium, to register for early bird, or to participate as a sponsor, trade show exhibitor, or in the Have Your Say Soap Box, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2024-safety-first-in-cape-breton-symposium-tickets-865440705447

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Media Contact: 

Carly Appleton

Cape Breton Partnership 

Carly@capebretonpartnership.com

902-562-0122 

About the Cape Breton Partnership:  

The Cape Breton Partnership is Unama’ki – Cape Breton’s private sector-led economic development organization that supports companies and entrepreneurs by promoting our Island as a great place to live, work, 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. 

(Unama’ki – Cape Breton, NS) Nominations are now open for the 2024 Safety First in Cape Breton Awards, which celebrate individuals and businesses who are committed to the advancement of workplace health and safety across Unama’ki – Cape Breton.

The awards are a recognition program that was created by the Safety First in Cape Breton Network, in collaboration with the Cape Breton Partnership, WCB Nova Scotia and the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI). The award categories include recognitions for Young Advocate, Engagement Ally and Safety Champion, Outstanding Health & Safety Committee, Small Business Trailblazer, and Innovation Expert.

The awards will be presented on May 8, 2024 at Membertou Trade & Convention Centre as part of the 2024 Safety First in Cape Breton Symposium. The symposium will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and an industry trade show. Details regarding registration and speakers will be shared in the weeks to come.

“The Safety First in Cape Breton Network is thrilled to continue working alongside our partners at the Cape Breton Partnership, LSI, WCB Nova Scotia,” said Kelly Johnston-Noseworthy, Co-Chair of the Safety First in Cape Breton Network. “The Safety First Awards program works to recognize individuals and organizations who make health and safety a top priority and continuously work to improve upon their workplace health and safety culture.”

This year’s award categories have changed slightly to better reflect the incredible impact that employees and employers make across the Island to make it the safest place to do business.

“As safety leaders, employers, and employees we all have a responsibility to ensure every individual returns home safely at the end of the day to their loved ones,” added Blaise MacNeil, also Co-Chair of the network. “By recognizing the outstanding contributions employees and employers make each day, we are fostering a collaborative safety culture here in Unama’ki – Cape Breton.”

To nominate an individual or organization, and to learn more about the categories, please visit http://www.safetyfirstcapebreton.com/about-safetyfirstawards.

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Media Contact: 

Carly Appleton

Cape Breton Partnership 

Carly@capebretonpartnership.com

902-562-0122 

About the Cape Breton Partnership:  

The Cape Breton Partnership is Unama’ki – Cape Breton’s private sector-led economic development organization that supports companies and entrepreneurs by promoting our Island as a great place to live, work, 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. 

Unama’ki – Cape Breton, NS – The Cape Breton Partnership, YMCA of Cape Breton Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre, Northside Employment & Resource Centre Nova Scotia Works, and Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) are partnering to host the Unama’ki – Cape Breton Job Fair Series beginning on March 26 to April 9, 2024.  

The Unama’ki – Cape Breton Job Fair Series will give local employers a chance to meet local jobseekers in person and fill available positions quickly, and will offer jobseekers a chance to explore different career options, meet local employers, and move forward in their careers.  

“The Cape Breton Partnership is committed to fostering connections and empowering individuals to find fulfilling careers, and we recognize the importance of providing opportunities for meaningful employment within our communities,” says Jessica MacDonald, Human Resources Advisor with the Cape Breton Partnership. “Our focus through the job fairs is to facilitate impactful face-to-face engagements between employers and prospective candidates. By doing so, we and our partners hope to play a role in enhancing the prosperity of our local economy, one job match at a time.” 

“Facilitating direct connections between employers and jobseekers offers significant benefits by creating a streamlined platform for efficient networking,” shares Valarie Dolhanty, Executive Director of YMCA of Cape Breton Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre. “This collaborative effort showcases our shared commitment to addressing regional unemployment challenges. By combining resources and expertise with our partners in planning this series, we aim to deliver a more comprehensive and impactful event, reaching a wider audience of job-seekers and offering enhanced opportunities for employers to connect with the right talent.” 

Unama’ki – Cape Breton Job Fair Series locations will include: 

To learn more, or to register and attend a Job Fair as a jobseeker or employer, visit https://capebretonpartnership.com/JobFairSeries.  

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Media Contact: 

Michaela Epifano, Communications and Investor Relations Coordinator 

Cape Breton Partnership 

Michaela@capebretonpartnership.com 

902-562-0122 

About the Cape Breton Partnership:  

The Cape Breton Partnership is Unama’ki – Cape Breton’s private sector-led economic development organization that supports companies and entrepreneurs by promoting our Island as a great place to live, work, 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.  

About YMCA of Cape Breton Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre: 

Since 2016, employment service centres are known under the umbrella of Nova Scotia Works, funded through the Employment Nova Scotia division of the Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration (LSI). We offer a common menu of services including case management, job development, employment maintenance/support and career counselling supported by a staff of dedicated career practitioners. 

About Northside Employment & Resource Centre Nova Scotia Works: 

The Northside Employment & Resource Centre Nova Scotia Works supports and empower Nova Scotians; to foster resiliency in individuals, businesses and communities to build a stronger province. It is our mission to ensure that all persons are supported in achieving their full potential through personal growth, skills development, and employment. 

About Le Conseil de developpement economique de la Nouvelle-Ecosse (CDÉNÉ): 

The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the economic advancement of the Acadian and Francophone community in Nova Scotia. Founded in 1999, it is the only provincial Francophone economic development organization in Nova Scotia. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Unama’ki – Cape Breton, NS – Individuals interested in contributing to the future of Unama’ki – Cape Breton’s economy are invited to submit a nomination for the Cape Breton Partnership’s Board of Directors for 2023-2024.

Individuals approved by the Board of Directors will be announced at the annual Investor Summit, being held October 26 at the Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay. Members of the Board of Directors serve a minimum three-year term.

“As Unama’ki – Cape Breton’s private sector-led economic development organization, the Cape Breton Partnership is fortunate to be able to work with a variety of community leaders from both the private and public sectors,” says Tyler Mattheis, Cape Breton Partnership President & CEO. “The valuable guidance and experiences of our Board of Directors enables our team to actively participate in activities, programs, and projects that have a positive impact on our local communities and economy.”

Nominations for the Board of Directors will only be accepted from investors of the Cape Breton Partnership until Friday, September 29, 2023. For more information or to make a nomination, visit https://capebretonpartnership.com/board-nominations/.

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Media Contact:
Jeremy Martell, Director of Communications
Cape Breton Partnership
Jeremy@capebretonpartnership.com
(902) 631-5442

About the Cape Breton Partnership:
The Cape Breton Partnership is Unama’ki – Cape Breton’s private sector-led economic development organization that supports companies and entrepreneurs by promoting our island as a great place to live, work, 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