2017 Investor Summit

Thu, Oct 5th, 2017 @ 09:00 am
Presented By:
Cape Breton Partnership
Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia

The Cape Breton Partnership will host the annual Investor Summit on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands in Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton.

The Partnership’s Investor Summit brings together over 200 business, community, and government leaders from across Nova Scotia. Summit attendees will have the opportunity to network, collaborate and discuss issues facing the local economy, and be able to provide input on building a strong economic future for Cape Breton and Mulgrave.


Contact the Keltic Lodge at the Highlands directly at (902) 285-2880 to book your accommodations for the Investor Summit quoting “The Cape Breton Partnership Investor Summit” at the time of booking.


For more information or to register directly, contact the Cape Breton Partnership at 902-562-0122 or email Kate Gorman at kate@capebretonpartnership.com.


9:00AM - 10:00AM


10:00AM - 10:15AM


10:15AM - 10:45AM

-Keith MacDonald, Cape Breton Partnership

10:45AM - 11:45AM

-Jeremy White, Big Spruce Brewing
-Shannon Campbell, Kameron Collieries/Donkin Mine
-Dean Hart, Bear Head LNG

11:45AM - 1:00PM

-Tareq Hadhad, Peace By Chocolate

1:00PM - 2:00PM

-Pierre Cléroux, Business Development Bank of Canada

2:00PM - 2:30PM


2:30PM - 3:15PM

-Heather Coulombe, Farmer’s Daughter Country Market
-Shibin Xu, Bite of Asia

3:15PM - 3:45PM


3:45PM - 4:30PM

-Lori Burke, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
-Rodney MacDonald, Colaisde na Gàidhlig

4:30PM - 5:00PM


5:00PM - 6:30PM


6:30PM - 7:30PM


7:30PM - 9:00PM



Tareq Hadhad

Founder - Peace by Chocolate

Tareq Hadhad is telling his story. He was a Syrian refugee, longtime peacekeeping advocate and now living his new life with his entrepreneurial family in Canada’s east coast. Tareq is the founder of Peace by Chocolate, a medical researcher and is passionate about peace and entrepreneurship.

In 2012, the Hadhads home and factory that housed the family chocolate-making business were destroyed which forced them to seek safety in other countries. A former medical student at Damascus University, Tareq joined medial relief efforts after arriving in Lebanon. Tareq and his family were welcomed to Canada on a community-based sponsorship in December 2015.

His family relaunched the family business to recreate the chocolates they once exported across the Middle East. Tareq’s father explains: “I felt like I had come back to life.” Peace by Chocolate started with a humble beginning, turning out chocolates from the family’s new kitchen. Today they are making about 100,000 pieces of chocolate a month with plans to triple the production in their new factory after their story has turned to an international inspirational phenomenon.

Tareq and his family are now focused on job creation. They utilize a network of Syrian refugees from across Nova Scotia to help with distribution and support the local economy. The plan is to expand across Canada, offering other newcomers job opportunities.

In September 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau opened his speech to the United Nations Leaders’ Summit on Refugees detailing the family’s success story. This is just one side of the story. As Tareq says, “There are thousands of successes around the country. The responsibility that we have now is to share the positive things that Syrians are doing.”

“This is the message . . . if you offer the newcomers a welcoming arm, kindness and support, they can succeed faster.”

Tareq has spoken at the Amnesty International’s Human Rights Conference in Calgary, Halifax Chamber of Commerce Annual Spring Dinner, a remarkable TEDx talk at Dalhousie University and to several corporate and government organizations. He has done over 200 interviews with different news teams across North America. Tareq speaks on the compelling story of his family, the positive impact of the Syrian refugees and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Pierre Cleroux

Vice President, Research and Chief Economist - BDC

Pierre Cléroux was appointed Vice President, Research and Chief Economist at BDC in 2012. He is responsible for providing economic analysis and advice to the Senior Management Team, while helping interpret economic trends and their impact on businesses. His responsibilities also include all marketing and industry research activities. Mr. Cléroux has more than 25 years of experience as an economist, mainly in the public sector.

Before joining BDC, he worked for the government of Saudi Arabia as Vice President, Business Analysis in the National Industry Clusters Development Program. His role was to create program strategies, define sector policies and conduct financial and economic analyses of industrial projects. Prior to that, Mr. Cléroux was the Quebec Assistant Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, responsible for the implementation of economic policies and programs to support small and medium-sized businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. He was also a strategic advisor for Montreal International, responsible for attracting foreign investment from India and the Middle East, and developing international relationships and partnerships. He also worked for 12 years at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in various roles, including economist and Quebec Vice President.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Economics from Université Laval, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Shannon Campbell

Vice President, Project Development and External Affairs - Kameron Coal’s Donkin Mine in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Shannon is a mining engineering graduate from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with over 20 years of underground, multi-commodity experience spanning from east coast to west coast and from the arctic to the mid-southern states. Before joining the Kameron team in March 2017, Shannon managed several large scale underground operations including Glencore’s Kidd mine in Timmins Ontario, DeBeers Canada’s Snap Lake mine in the Northwest Territories and Nyrstar’s Myra Falls mine on Vancouver Island. His proudest moments in his mining career were in 2013 when Shannon’s Kidd Mine was awarded the national John T Ryan award for the safest metal mine in Canada and winning the Ontario Provincial mine rescue competition with the Kidd team. Building and operating a mine in the artic was very difficult and challenging but winning the Ontario provincial mine rescue competition proved tougher and took much longer. Shannon is a native Cape Bretoner and coming back home to build a coal mine in his home town is a dream come true.


The Summit offers a unique opportunity for sponsors to contribute to the day’s agenda and by giving them a forum to connect with current and potential clients. As a sponsor, you will be included in Investor Summit promotional materials, both in print and online. Your organization will become a prominent partner in the Partnership’s mission to build a stronger and more sustainable economy for Cape Breton and Mulgrave.