(Sydney, NS) – The Cape Breton Partnership is proud to announce the recipients of the fifth annual Economic Impact Awards. The Awards, sponsored by Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Bear Head LNG, annually recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated superior leadership in Cape Breton’s business community. The Partnership will present the Awards during its annual Investor Summit Gala Dinner at the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands on October 4.

The 2018 Economic Impact Award recipients, each with long histories of economic and community leadership in Cape Breton, include:

  • The Late Brian Samson, founding-partner of Premium Seafoods Ltd.;
  • The Inverary Resort, and its longtime proprietors the MacAulay family;
  • Harbour Royale Development Ltd., owned by longtime philanthropist, Martin Chernin; and
  • The Late Dannie Hanson, Vice-President of Sustainability of Louisbourg Seafoods.

“Our slate of 2018 Award recipients represent an impressive group of businesses and individuals who stand out not only for their dedication in driving Cape Breton’s economy and communities forward, but for their leadership in doing so,” says Carla Arsenault, President & CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. “Each of these business leaders, and the businesses they represent, have made profound contributions to Cape Breton Island and deserve our thanks and recognition.”

On October 4, 2018, nearly 200 business and community leaders will come together at the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands in Ingonish to participate in the Cape Breton Partnership’s annual Investor Summit. The Investor Summit is a unique event where delegates from a diverse range of industry sectors are invited to network, collaborate and discuss issues facing the local economy. The Partnership uses the input and feedback received at the Investor Summit as a guideline to model future events, activities and projects that will contribute towards building a stronger economic future for Cape Breton Island.

The 2018 Investor Summit includes a full agenda of speakers and panel discussions, some of which include David Burton (Headland Cultivation Company), Stéphane Sogne (Hydrotroniks), Jay Rawding (Highland Bow & Arrow), Tara Milburn (Ethical Swag), Wesley Colford (Highland Arts Theatre) and keynote address from John Norman, Chief Operations Officer/Co-owner of Bonavista Creative and Bonavista Living. For more information on the Investor Summit, please visit


Media Contact:
Carla Arsenault
President & CEO
Cape Breton Partnership
902-562-0122 (w) 902-565-8577 (c)