(Sydney, Nova Scotia) – The Cape Breton Partnership is looking for passionate leaders who have taken charge of positively changing the direction of Cape Breton Island’s economic prosperity. The Partnership has released an open call for the Economic Impact Award nominations of local business leaders who have made a substantial influence or contributions to Cape Breton, while advancing our region’s business climate. The Partnership will host the fourth edition of the Economic Impact Awards at their annual Investor Summit Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands.

The Economic Impact Awards honour individuals and organizations from multiple industries for their outstanding contributions to the economy. Award winners will be chosen based on their significant contribution to the Cape Breton economy through innovation, entrepreneurship, and new investments. The selection committee’s decision will also take into consideration the nominees’ commitment to the region and the work they have accomplished that has had a positive impact on the economy during the past year.

“Impact Award winners will be honoured for not only their demonstrated efforts to grow Cape Breton’s long-term sustainability, but also for their support or direct involvement in economic develop activities,” said Keith MacDonald, President and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “Over the last number of years the Partnership has been able to recognized several high caliber leaders such as Annette Verschuren, Dan Christmas, Zutphen Contractors, and Celtic Colours International Music Festival. There has been numerous positive business news items this year, so the Partnership is expecting a strong number of candidates will be nominated.

Nomination forms may be completed online or downloaded from the Cape Breton Partnership’s Investor Summit website. Digital submissions of the nomination form may be sent by email to The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 25, 2017 at 4p.m. Winners of the 2017 Economic Impact Awards will be announced close to the date of the Partnership’s annual Investor Summit in October.

The Cape Breton Partnership’s annual Investor Summit brings together over 200 business, community, and government leaders from across Nova Scotia to the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands. On October 5, 2017, Summit delegates will have the opportunity to network, celebrate innovation and establish new partnerships, collaborate, and develop solutions for issues facing local businesses.

Media Contact:

Keith MacDonald

President & CEO

Cape Breton Partnership

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