(Sydney, Nova Scotia) – The Cape Breton Partnership is searching for passionate leaders whose initiatives have contributed to the growth 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 contribution to Cape Breton, while advancing our region’s business climate. The Partnership will host the fifth edition of the Economic Impact Awards at their annual Investor Summit Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 4, 2018 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 new investments, innovation, and entrepreneurial success. 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.

“Membertou was honoured to receive an Impact Award from the Cape Breton Partnership. We are dedicated to fostering growth and prosperity for our island. The Impact Awards serve as motivation for businesses and individuals to keep pushing Cape Breton forward,” said Chief Terry Paul, of Membetou First Nations.

“Over the last four years, the Partnership has recognized several high quality leaders and organizations such as Victoria Co-op Fisheries, Dan Christmas, Annette Verschuren, and Big Bruce Brewing” said Carla Arsenault, President and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “There has been an entrepreneurial buzz around the island 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 website. Digital submissions of the nomination form may be sent by email to The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 24, 2018 at 4p.m. Winners of the 2018 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 4, 2018, 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:
Stephanie MacLean
Innovation Officer
Cape Breton Partnership