The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CB REN) is a collaborative effort between the Province of Nova Scotia (through the Department of Economic Development) and the region’s partnering First Nation Communities and Municipalities.
CB REN activities are delivered by the Cape Breton Partnership with oversight from a private-sector board of directors. The CB REN’s areas of focus include regional economic development, championing business growth, leveraging local knowledge, and overseeing the management of the Land and Asset Database.
The partnering First Nation Communities and Municipalities are:
The core activities of the CB REN include:
The CB REN is governed by a board of directors, which represents the regional business community, develops the strategic plan, and plays a pivotal governance role for the regular activities of the CB REN. The board normally meets four times per year. The 2022 CB REN Board Members include:
The CB REN Liaison and Oversight Committee (LOC), representing each participating First Nation Council and Municipal Council, as well as the Province of Nova Scotia, approves the CB REN strategic plan and provides oversight of Regional Enterprise Network program activities, accountability, and communication. It is mandated to meet 2 twice per year, in accordance with the Contribution Agreement and Inter-Municipal Agreement. The LOC includes:
The Province of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Economic Development, aligns government efforts behind a common agenda to support the conditions for a thriving economy where all Nova Scotians can participate and benefit.
Foundational to the delivery of the mandate is an action orientation for identifying and implementing programs, engaging with businesses, and outcomes focusing on: regional approaches, sustainable prosperity, connecting Nova Scotians, innovation driven approaches and effective business supports and investments.
The department works with the CB REN, and all Regional Enterprise Networks, to facilitate common understanding and alignment on these priorities, enhance relationships with the portfolio of Crown Corporations and leverage the comparative advantages in regions across the province.
Leverage complementary activities (e.g., business development efforts, places for local businesses to be showcased, etc.) arising from the development and implementation of a new local consumption program.
Support partnerships with Municipalities, universities, community colleges and private sector and equity finance to encourage entrepreneurs to start or scale their businesses in all parts of the province based their comparative advantages and a focus on green objectives.
Facilitate engagement with small businesses in all sectors to gather feedback on ways to support emission reduction activities.
Encourage and assist the adaptability of businesses, communities and citizens to fully participate in the digital economy through the development of new skills and adoption of technology made possible through increased infrastructure.