Source: https://huddle.today/2022/10/21/podcast-tyler-mattheis-on-the-economic-resurgence-of-cape-breton/

Since its heyday as an industrial powerhouse in the 1960s and 1970s, the region has struggled to reposition itself and that has led to slow but steady depopulation. Now, according to Mattheis, a new Cape Breton could be emerging leveraging key assets such as Cape Breton University and Sydney Port, new industries such as clean energy, and a significant increase in the number of newcomers moving to the Island.

Cape Breton is a test case for economic renewal in Atlantic Canada. Everyone should be paying attention.

You can listen to their conversation in the player above/below or download the show on your preferred podcast platform.

For more of the Insights Podcast, click here:

The “Insights” podcast combines the experiences of an economist, David Campbell, and a social scientist, Don Mills, to explore the challenges and opportunities facing Atlantic Canada, promote data-driven decision-making among policymakers, and encourage a wider dialogue and debate leading to greater prosperity for the region.

Search for “Huddle Insights” on podcast platforms like Apple and Spotify, and follow the show so you don’t miss an episode. You can also listen to past conversations there.


Elevate is Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s business-focused publication brought to you by the Cape Breton Partnership. To evolve with our business audience, the publication has now moved from a print publication to fully online. Starting in 2022, our readers can expect to see Elevate articles appearing on both our website and on Saltwire.com.

Nova Scotia – Hurricane Fiona’s impact has been substantial throughout the Atlantic region, on both residents and businesses. To help develop the supports that businesses need the most, the local business community is being asked to share their experiences and needs.

Through discussions with both the Federal and Provincial governments on how best to provide support locally, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) are seeking input to help identify what type of business impacts and damages the region’s industries have been experiencing and continue to experience. To help organize this information, CME has developed a survey to better understand what types of support and resources will be needed for businesses to get back to operation, how extensive damage may impact employment longer term, and more.

Nova Scotia’s Regional Enterprise Networks are working with CME to help get this survey and resulting information to businesses across the province and encourage communities, organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and others to help businesses participate. The survey has 8 questions and is estimated to take no more than a few minutes to complete. Recognizing that many communities remain without electricity and/or internet connection, this survey will remain active until well after connection has been re-established to ensure all businesses have an opportunity to participate.

Click here to access Survey

Both the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CRBEN) and Cape Breton Regional Municipality Regional Enterprise Network (CBRM REN) are active locally in the Cape Breton Region and are available to help businesses participate in this survey if needed. Both the CBREN and CBRM REN can be contacted by emailing info@capebretonpartnership.com.

Note: This page will be updated as further details are available. Translation of this page’s content is available by accessing the tool on the bottom right of this page.

Due to the ongoing impact of Hurricane Fiona and the resulting clean-up efforts, the Cape Breton Partnership Sydney Office is closed until power and internet are restored. Our Staff across the Island remain active, able, and willing to support local businesses and communities where possible as power and internet access allow.

As the clean-up and recovery effort continues across our Island, we hope you, your families, and your communities remain safe.

If you have any questions or need to reach a member of our team during this time, please send all inquiries to info@capebretonpartnership.com and we will connect you with a member of our team. As access to power and internet is currently unreliable in a variety of communities, please note our response times may be reduced until full access is returned. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Helpful Phone Numbers and Links

As per the Province of Nova Scotia, the following is a list of resources, links, and phone numbers to keep in mind:


Financial Support Information from Province of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotian residents and businesses that have been impacted by Hurricane Fiona will receive financial support from the Province.

Support for individuals

Support for small businesses and non-profits

Click here for Supports and Applications

Local Government Updates

To keep up-to-date with Provincial and local response to the Hurricane and the resulting clean-up efforts, visit:

Cape Breton – Unama’ki, NS The Cape Breton Partnership is inviting the public to help recognize those in the community who have made a significant impact on Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s economy with the 2022 Economic Impact Awards.

Awarded annually at the Cape Breton Partnership’s Investor Summit, the Economic Impact Awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s economy. Nominations are considered based on their significant contribution to the local economy through innovation, entrepreneurship, new investments, nominees’ commitment to the region, and the work they have accomplished that has had a positive impact on the economy during the past two years.

“As Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s private sector-led economic development organization, the Cape Breton Partnership takes great pride in celebrating the hard work and contributions of local passionate leaders and organizations,” says Tyler Mattheis, President & CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “The Economic Impact Awards were created as a way to recognize those who go above and beyond to promote economic growth and prosperity in their region and in their local business community.”

The Economic Impact Awards are announced annually with recipients recognized at the annual Cape Breton Partnership Investor Summit. The 2022 Investor Summit will be held October 20 at the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands in Ingonish Beach, Victoria County.

“We are thrilled to be able to gather in-person at the 2022 Investor Summit and recognize those who have made an impact over the past two years, during what has been an unprecedented time for businesses and the world as a whole,” added Mattheis.

Only nominations received from Investors of the Cape Breton Partnership by 4:00 p.m. on September 23, 2022, will be considered. For more information or to submit a nomination for the 2022 Economic Impact Awards, visit https://capebretonpartnership.com/economic-impact-awards/.

Submit a Nomination Today!

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

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. Learn more at https://capebretonpartnership.com/.

Cape Breton – Unama’ki, NS – Individuals interested in contributing to the future of Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s economy are invited to submit a nomination for the Cape Breton Partnership’s Board of Directors for 2022-2023.

Individuals approved by the Board of Directors will be announced at the annual Investor Summit, being held October 20 at the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands in Ingonish Beach. Members of the Board of Directors serve a minimum three-year term.

“As Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s private sector-led economic development organization, the Cape Breton Partnership benefits greatly from the valuable guidance and participation from its current and past Board members,” says Tyler Mattheis, Cape Breton Partnership President & CEO. “Our team is excited to meet and work with new and returning members of the Board this October and into the future.”

Nominations for the Board of Directors will only be accepted from investors of the Cape Breton Partnership until Friday, September 9, 2022. For more information or to make a nomination, visit https://capebretonpartnership.com/board-nominations/.

Submit a Nomination Today

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

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. Learn more at https://capebretonpartnership.com/.