The Cape Breton Partnership invites you to attend the Inverness County Business Dinner, which will be hosted by the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CBREN) on Monday, November 5 at la Salle Paroissiale, Saint-Joseph-Du-Moine. You are welcomed to join members of the private sector community for an evening to celebrate and support local business, foster collaboration, and engage in discussion.
The event will feature a keynote address from the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Nova Scotia Minister of Immigration and Acadian Affairs & Francophonie, as well as an update Cape Breton Partnership President & CEO Carla Arsenault and CBREN Economic Development Officer Patrick Austin. A three-course meal will be served, and the evening will be an opportunity for the local business community to network and explore opportunities for the year ahead.
Minister of Acadian Affairs & Minister of Immigration, Nova Scotia Office of Immigration
Ms. Diab was first elected in 2013 to the Provincial Assembly representing Halifax Armdale, and appointed to Executive Council of Nova Scotia as the first female Attorney General and Minister of Justice as well as Minister of Immigration. In July 2015, the Immigration portfolio became her exclusive cabinet position. She was re-elected to the Legislature on May 30, 2017 and was appointed both Minister of Immigration, and Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie.
Ms. Diab is passionate about making Nova Scotia more diverse. Under her leadership, the province has welcomed more immigrants, strengthened its immigration program, and built global networks.
She is the daughter of Lebanese immigrants to Canada and the eldest of six children. Born in Nova Scotia, she was raised in Lebanon for 8 years, and returned to Halifax in the face of civil war at the age of 11.
Prior to entering politics, she led a successful legal career for over 20 years. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, a Masters of Public Administration and a law degree. In 2018, she was appointed the Queen’s Counsel designation— the appointment is awarded to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contributions to the legal community.
Ms. Diab has received numerous honours and accolades, including: the Lebanese Chamber of Commerce in NS Professional Award, the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Progress Women of Excellence Award, and the Canadian Council of Ambassadors of the Arab League Award.