Investor Summit 2019


Date:
Thu, Oct 10th, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Presented By:
The Cape Breton Partnership
Location:
Keltic Lodge at the Highlands 383 Keltic in Rd Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia B0C 1L0

The Cape Breton Partnership hosted the annual Investor Summit on Thursday, October 10, 2019 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.

PRESENTATIONS

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Agenda


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

REGISTRATION & NETWORKING | CEILIDH HALL

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

WELCOME

10:10 AM - 10:40 AM

CAPE BRETON PARTNERSHIP UPDATE

CARLA ARSENAULT - PRESIDENT & CEO, CAPE BRETON PARTNERSHIP

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

QUALITY OF LIFE IN NOVA SCOTIA/CAPE BRETON

DANNY GRAHAM – CHIEF ENGAGEMENT OFFICER, ENGAGE NOVA SCOTIA

11:10 AM - 11:55 AM

OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW CONSTRUCTION

ROY MACDONALD – MANAGER OF STRATEGIC OPERATIONS, NS DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL & TRENT SOHOLT – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NS CONSTRUCTION SECTOR COUNCIL
MONICA FOSTER – VICE PRESIDENT, COLLEGE SERVICES AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
STEVE PARSONS – GENERAL MANAGER, ESKASONI CORPORATE DIVISION

11:55 AM - 12:15 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

MANDY RENNEHAN - THE BLUE COLLAR CEO AND CEO & FOUNDER OF FRESHCO.CA

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

OPPORTUNITIES IN INNOVATION

TANYA SEAJAY – FOUNDER AND CEO, ORENDA SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS INC.
ANNA MANLEY – PRINCIPAL LAWYER, MANLEY LAW INC. & CEO, ADVOCATE COGNITIVE TECHNOLOGIES
KASSIDY & KAYLYN BERNARD – CO-OWNERS, PATUO’KN ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN
PARKER HORTON – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, BRETON AIR

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

NETWORKING BREAK

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

OPPORTUNITIES IN FOUR SEASON TOURISM

SEAN STURGE - PROJECT MANAGER AND CO-FOUNDER, THE GOLDEN GROVE AT MARGAREE DEVELOPMENT
LINDSEY MACINTOSH - GENERAL MANAGER, THE LAKES AT BEN EOIN GOLF CLUB AND RESORT
JOSEPH BALAZ – FOUNDER & OWNER, J. BALAZ & ASSOCIATES AND PARTNER, CAPE SMOKEY HOLDING

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

WRAP UP

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

BREAK

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION | HIGHLAND SITTING ROOM

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

GALA DINNER & IMPACT AWARDS PRESENTATION | PURPLE THISTLE DINING ROOM

Speakers


MANDY RENNEHAN

THE BLUE COLLAR CEO & FOUNDER OF FRESHCO.CA

Mandy Rennehan left her hometown of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, at 18 with a dirty hockey bag and an audacious dream. By 19, she founded Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!), Canada’s #1, full-service, reconstruction and retail maintenance provider operating across Canada and the eastern United States serving clients like Anthropologie, Apple, Banana Republic, Home Depot, Lululemon, Nike, Restoration Hardware, Sephora, The Gap, Tiffany & Co., plus many more.

Mandy’s Atlantic roots are undeniable. Her contagious honesty and passion is equally matched by her quick wit and East Coast sense of humour. Her tell-it-like-it-is approach and willingness to freely share knowledge and advice with both her team and the biggest players in the industry have been the main reasons behind her success.

Mandy is unlike anyone you have ever heard speak before – an authentic, self-made powerhouse who shatters any and all stereotypes. Her refreshing, uncensored honesty and infectious wit have captured the hearts and minds of everyone from Fortune 500 CEOs to budding entrepreneurs to today’s aspirant youth. She challenges people and she changes them – and always leaves them begging for more.

CARLA ARSENAULT

PRESIDENT AND CEO, CAPE BRETON PARTNERSHIP

Carla Arsenault is currently the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Breton Partnership. Prior to taking over as President & CEO, Carla worked as the Partnership’s Chief Operating Officer ensuring the organization’s objectives aligned with the strategic vision set forward by the Board of Directors. Carla has also lead the implementation of several key projects and managed the core activities for the organization.

Carla has earned a Bachelor of Public Relations with a Certificate in Marketing, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), specializing in Management Consulting. She has spent 15 years in the global corporate sector with Hewlett Packard developing solutions to operational barriers and challenges and has operated her own management consulting company since 2009. Carla has worked in the areas of management consulting, business strategy, research, marketing, communications, and operations management.

Carla is passionate about her community and lives in Sydney River with her husband and 3 children. In her spare time, she volunteers her time with her children’s elementary school and sports activities and the local running community.

Danny Graham

CHIEF ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Over a thirty-year period, Danny Graham has held senior positions in business, law, government and politics.

For 10 years he was the Chief Negotiator on Aboriginal Rights for the Province of Nova Scotia. He is credited with starting the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, and has worked to advance justice reforms with the United Nations and various countries spanning four continents. He is best known as the former Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and MLA for Halifax Citadel between 2002 and 2005.
He is currently is the Chief Engagement Officer for Engage Nova Scotia – an independent non-profit that invites Nova Scotians to be more collaborative, inclusive and adaptive to change. Engage Nova Scotia is leading the Nova Scotia Quality of Life Initiative, in collaboration with Leadership Teams across the province, including Local Leadership Teams in CBRM and the Strait-Western Cape Breton regions.

He helped write We Choose Now: A Playbook For Nova Scotia, the follow up report to the Ivany Report.

TANYA SEAJAY

FOUNDER AND CEO – ORENDA SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS INC.

Tanya Seajay is the Founder and CEO of Orenda Software Solutions Inc, a Canadian software company with offices in Toronto, ON and Membertou, NS.

Since the company began, it has built an impressive ecosystem of partners, including The Fintech Sandbox in Boston and MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.

Seajay has gained credibility within Fintech communities across Canada and the United States and is working to scale Orenda well beyond North America.

Most recently, the Orenda team began working closely with global data aggregators following a presentation to Wall Street on how social positioning scores generated by the company’s technology can be used to index emotion and predict market movements.

This has landed them an exclusive contract with Bloomberg out of NYC, as well as contracts with TMX and Cadillac Fairview.

Seajay has a Masters of Communications Management from McMaster University, and is a graduate of journalism.

She was born in Sydney Mines, and remains deeply committed to the future prosperity of Cape Breton Island.

SEAN STURGE

PROJECT MANAGER AND CO-FOUNDER - THE GOLDEN GROVE AT MARGAREE DEVELOPMENT

After a progressive 16-year career in the technology and industrial sectors with leaders such as Bell Canada and J.D. Irving Ltd., Sean now pursues sustainable, culturally-inspired, entrepreneurial projects that express the uniqueness of Atlantic Canadian communities.

A finance graduate of Saint Mary’s University, he also holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and has studied at both the Manchester Business School in the UK and The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Before providing on-the-ground leadership for the Margaree project, Sean’s most recent endeavours include providing advisory services and real estate guidance for Cabot Links Resort in Inverness, NS, and feasibility advisory services for the proposed $25M Arts and Cultural Centre in Yarmouth, NS.

PARKER HORTON

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - BRETON AIR

Parker grew up in West Point, Prince Edward Island and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada where he studied business. He received his commission as a logistics officer in the RCAF. As a Logistics Officer, Parker supported operations around the world, including typhoon disaster relief in the Philippines. He has worked as a supply chain manager, movements officer and contracting and compliance officer, most recently in support of the ISS contract for the Cyclone. Parker graduated with an MBA before retiring from the RCAF and co-founding Breton Air and Gateway Sydney.

MONICA FOSTER

VICE PRESIDENT, COLLEGE SERVICES AND CFO - NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Monica Foster is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and a Diploma in Management Accounting from Saint Mary’s University.

Monica has served as the Vice President, College Services and CFO for Nova Scotia Community College for almost a decade. She joined the College in 1996, over which time she has also served as Manager, Financial Services and Director, Financial Services.

Before joining the College, she held various positions at the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, including Treasurer and Policy Analyst. Prior to that she worked for Toronto Dominion Bank.

In addition to her work at the College, Monica serves on the Board of the Halifax Partnership and the Halifax United Way where she has held the role of Board Chair and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. She is the current Chair of the Collaboration for Research, Education and Technology (CARET), an Executive Steering Committing member of the Higher Education Information Technology Shared Service partnership and a member of Inter-University Services Board of Directors. She has also served on the Board for the Certified Management Accountants of Nova Scotia, Hope Blooms and the School Insurance Program.

An avid hockey fan, Monica is currently the Treasurer of the Charles P. Allen Hockey Team and has volunteered for the Bedford and District Minor Hockey Association, serving since 2004 in roles that ranged from Executive Member to team manager.

JOSEPH BALAZ

FOUNDER & OWNER, J. BALAZ & ASSOCIATES AND PARTNER, CAPE SMOKEY HOLDING

Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Joseph Balaz studied at the Construction Institute of Technology and the Technical University, faculty of construction engineering. After emigrating to North America, Balaz became a resident of New York City in 1986, where we continues to reside. Since then, Balaz has worked for a variety of projects in large construction, development, refurbishing, and restoration before establishing his own development firm, J. Balaz & Associates Ltd. Balaz has also founded a number of businesses focused on the sales of various construction, development, and building products/supplies.

Balaz has led many developments throughout the last 35 years across North America, including renowned U.S. sound recording studios, the Hit Factory and Germano Studios, and Red Head Cliffs luxury properties in Ingonish, NS. In August 2019, Balaz also announced the purchase of Cape Smokey Ski Hill and surrounding properties with the intention of upgrading the current ski hill, creating new attractions/businesses, and developing the area into a year-round recreation and tourism destination. Balaz is fully committed to a number of volunteer social efforts, including the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (President); Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (Board Director and Treasurer); and American Friends of Czech Republic (Board Director).

LINDSEY MACINTOSH

GENERAL MANAGER, THE LAKES AT BEN EOIN GOLF CLUB & RESORT

Lindsey MacIntosh, a native from Barrie Ontario, is the General Manager at the Lakes at Ben Eoin Golf Club & Resort. Lindsey holds an MBA in community economic development with a focus in strategic leadership and has a background in event and project management, fundraising, and sport and recreation.

Lindsey has been played an integral role in the recent growth and development taking place in Ben Eoin. She is responsible for developing the strategic vision to guide future growth and development of organizational entities under the Ben Eoin Development Group (BEDG) umbrella. She provides leadership through the implementation of strategic priorities, maximization of financial performance and staff development. Lindsey oversees all aspects of property management, oversees and assists in the development of the marketing strategy and communication plan, and is responsible to cultivate relationships with key stakeholders and interest groups influential in future growth opportunities and needs. Prior to working with the BEDG, Lindsey worked for Offshore Technical Solutions (OTS) as their manager of business development and was a university instructor, teaching sport leadership and physical activity.

Lindsey and her family reside in Sydney, golf management is a common theme in their home. Lindsey’s husband, Jamie MacIntosh is a member of the PGA of Canada. They both show their love for the game and youth development in sport. Lindsey and Jamie have two children, Finley (9) and Fallyn (8).

ANNA MANLEY

PRINCIPAL LAWYER, MANLEY LAW INC. & CEO, ADVOCATE COGNITIVE TECHNOLOGIES

Anna Manley is the principal lawyer of Manley Law Inc. and the CEO of Advocate Cognitive Technologies. She practices in the areas of corporate and real estate law.

Manlay Law Inc. was founded in 2016 and areas of practice include property, estates, family, immigration, employment, corporate, intellectual property, internet and privacy, personal injury, and criminal law.

Advocate Cognitive Technologies's legal software (Hux) uses artificial intelligence computing technologies to analyze and extract meaning and relationships from text and voice material, identify relevant information, and complete legal documents. ACT won the top prize in the 2016 Spark Cape Breton challenge.

STEVE PARSONS

GENERAL MANAGER, ESKASONI CORPORATE DIVISION

Steve Parsons is presently the General Manager Corporate Div. Eskasoni First Nations which is nestled on the beautiful Bras D`or lakes in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Steve graduated from Memorial University – St John`s, NF in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. Steve started his working career with Shoppers Drug Atlantic Office as a Loss Prevention Retail Coordinator. Over the years 1991- 2000 Steve was promoted to the level of District Coordinator responsible for the profitability of twenty Shoppers Drug Mart franchises in both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

Since 2001, Steve has worked within the First nation community of Eskasoni both as a secondary teacher delivering business curriculum courses and as an economic development consultant.

Since 2013 Steve has been working as the General Manager of Eskasoni Corporate Div. which has been engaged and responsible for the creation of new revenue streams for Eskasoni band along with the creation of Joint venture businesses.

In 2008 and again in subsequent 4 year terms of 2012 and 2016 Steve was elected to the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board district 3 as a board trustee holding the positions of vice chair and Chairman. Steve also serves as a board member on several companies and foundations including the Cape Breton University Board of Governors, Cape Breton Partnership, Eskasoni Wind Company ltd and most recently the Provincial Advisory Committee to the Minister of Early Childhood and Education for a second two year term.

KASSIDY BERNARD

CO-OWNER, PATUO'KN ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN

Patuo’kn Illustration and Design is an illustration and design business run by two sisters from We’koqma’q, officially started in April 2019. Raised in a home surrounded by nature, culture, creativity, and entrepreneurship, Kassidy and Kaylyn Bernard decided to pursue the creative field to fully harness their skills while also digging even deeper into their roots. Their passion for creative expression mixed with the love for their culture brought Patuo’kn into existence. Utilizing the depth and understanding of their mixed Mi’kmaw/Scottish heritage, they offer a unique perspective in their services. They bring this story and their cultural values into business to be able to connect with and engage in the creation of meaningful visual communication for individuals and businesses alike. They also prioritize the revitalization and preservation of Mi’kmaw culture and language, providing the visuals for educational materials.

Based out of K’jipuktu’k (Halifax), Kassidy has been a lifelong learner and explorer, seizing opportunities for personal and community growth. Kassidy uses her understanding of design to engage positively with the world around her and aims to be a role model for other Mi’kmaq people. Now in her fifth year of studies at NSCAD University, Kassidy continues her second year as President of the Student Union of NSCAD. In addition to being a designer and illustrator, Kassidy is a major foodie and houseplant lady, and delights in spontaneous activities or travel.

KAYLYN BERNARD

Patuo’kn Illustration and Design is an illustration and design business run by two sisters from We’koqma’q, officially started in April 2019. Raised in a home surrounded by nature, culture, creativity, and entrepreneurship, Kassidy and Kaylyn Bernard decided to pursue the creative field to fully harness their skills while also digging even deeper into their roots. Their passion for creative expression mixed with the love for their culture brought Patuo’kn into existence. Utilizing the depth and understanding of their mixed Mi’kmaw/Scottish heritage, they offer a unique perspective in their services. They bring this story and their cultural values into business to be able to connect with and engage in the creation of meaningful visual communication for individuals and businesses alike. They also prioritize the revitalization and preservation of Mi’kmaw culture and language, providing the visuals for educational materials.

Based out of We’koqma’q First Nation, Kaylyn is a dedicated single mother passionate about her journey with creativity, sports, holistic wellbeing, herbalism/plant medicine, cultural revitalization, and connecting to her roots. She studied in Sydney at the Nova Scotia Community College, graduating with her Diploma in Graphic Design as well as her Certificate in Applied Media and Communication Arts. With a taste for adventure and a hunger for growth, Kaylyn spends her free time learning and exploring all things life while providing her son with a loving environment to flourish in. Kaylyn’s expertise lies in illustration, specifically portraiture and character concepts, and she loves to bring people’s visions to life through design.

ROY MACDONALD

MANAGER OR STRATEGIC OPERATIONS, NS DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL

Roy MacDonald has 35 + years combined private and public sector experience. After graduating from University College of Cape Breton with a Diploma in Construction Management Technology, Roy enjoyed the next 10 years in the private construction Industry contributing to many multi-million dollar industrial, heavy civil, and highway projects. He has completed a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from St. Mary’s University and a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ryerson Polytechnic University. Throughout the last 25 years in the public sector, Roy has performed in a supervisory and management role with the Department of Transportation in highway operations and special projects. Roy is a life long resident of Cape Breton and is a current member of the Cape Breton Healthcare Redevelopment team responsible for the delivery of healthcare infrastructure in Cape Breton. Roy can be reached at roy.macdonald@novascotia.ca.

TRENT SOHOLT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NOVA SCOTIA CONSTRUCTION SECTOR COUNCIL

Trent Soholt is the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council-ICI (NSCSC) - a not-for-profit organization that partners with industry stakeholders to provide human resource solutions and labour market information for Nova Scotia's industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector. The NSCSC is also the home of the Trades Exhibition Hall – a one-of-a-kind career awareness facility, and the new Mobile Construction Experience – a road-going showcase of construction occupations that visits Junior High Schools throughout Nova Scotia.

Working with contractors, labour organizations, training providers, stakeholders and government, Trent fosters collaboration, supports innovative approaches to training, career awareness, industry research, strategic planning and encourages advances in technology adoption.

Trent is an internationally certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. He has over 20 years of Project Management experience ranging from construction and urban planning to human resources, business development, information technology, and arts and entertainment. He is a strong advocate for trades and technology. As an instructor of supervisory and management skills; President of the Association of Industry Sector Councils; Treasurer for the Apprenticeship Award Trust, and Skills Canada Nova Scotia; Director for the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and the Design & Construction Institute of Nova Scotia; and a member of the Atlantic Labour Market Information Committee; Trent believes the construction sector has a fundamental role in the prosperity of Nova Scotia and Canada.

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