Informing, Connecting & Accelerating April 2017

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This issue marks one year since our first newsletter and we’ve got lots of information for you!

We hope you enjoy our Year in Review, the release of this year’s Business Plan, a column on our recently rolled-out Connector Program, and highlights from this year’s Summit. Remember to Save the Date of June 22 for our Annual Meeting.

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Connecting for Business Success

Western Region Program Creates Connections

Western Nova Scotia, April 11, 2017

The Western REN (Regional Enterprise Network) is creating opportunities for more young people and newcomers to connect with business and community leaders in Western Nova Scotia. Their new hire is going to make that happen.

Brenda LaGrandeur, a proud bilingual Acadian, is moving home to the Western Region. Her extensive local community and economic development experiences include project management, public relations, and relationship development; all of which will allow her to hit the ground running as the new Connector Program Manager.

Brenda says she has always focused her career on making her community a better place. “I am excited to be a part of this innovative program. I look forward to reactivating existing networks – and building more – as we create opportunities for people to stay in and return to Western Nova Scotia.”

“We are very pleased to have Brenda on board for this exciting new program,” says Warner Comeau, Board Chair. “Her networking strengths are a real asset to the program. Brenda is a great fit for our organization.”

At the Western REN’s 3rd Annual Summit in March, the Province announced $100,000 to expand the national Connector Program into the Western Region.

Brenda’s first day on the job was April 10th and she is already hard at work making connections. For more information about how to get involved in the Connector Program contact Brenda at or call 902-881-3008 to make an appointment.

Connecting Southwest Nova

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill announced the funding Tuesday, March 7, at the Western REN’s annual summit in Meteghan, Digby County.

“We want to help young and new Nova Scotians grow their professional and community networks, find jobs and stay in communities across the province,” said Regan. “The Connector Program also gives mentors the opportunity to support youth in their communities and find new, local talent.”

The Connector Program is a networking initiative that helps local businesses and organizations connect with new graduates, immigrants and international students interested in starting and growing their career in Nova Scotia. The program pairs individuals with local employers, civil servants and community leaders.

“We’re working closely with our municipal counterparts through the regional enterprise networks to help local businesses grow and succeed,” said Churchill. “I want to thank the Western REN for partnering with us to create local opportunities for our young people and contribute to the economic growth of our region.”

Since 2009, the Halifax Partnership’s Connector Program has helped more than 800 people secure full-time jobs in the Halifax area.

“We are very excited about the launch of the Connector Program in the western region,” said Robyn Webb, director, labour market development, National Connector Program, with the Halifax Partnership. “The Connector Program is designed to help recent graduates and immigrants build their business networks which increases their chances of finding employment in their field. Through the National Connector Program, we have helped over 20 communities launch Connector programs in cities and towns across Canada and internationally.”

“We see the Connector Program as an extension of our mandate,” said Western Regional Enterprise Network CEO Angélique LeBlanc. “We believe an intentional, regional approach to networking will create openings for youth and newcomers to find a place in the business community.”

The ONE Nova Scotia Coalition recommended the expansion to support youth and immigrant retention, economic growth and rural entrepreneurship. The Transition Task Force also recommended expanding the mentorship network in Nova Scotia.

For more information on the Connector Program, go to

Informing, Connecting & Accelerating February 2017

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In this issue you will find another introduction to another of our region’s economic development leaders, a guest column about a municipal Development Rebate Program, and an announcement about the Western REN’s growth. Register for our upcoming 3rd Annual Summit.

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3rd Annual Summit

  • Do you lose time looking for things at work?
  • Are you feeling unorganized in the office?
  • Do your customers complain about turn around time on orders?
  • Do your staff need a lot of support for straightforward tasks?
  • Are you often looking for the best place to park the forklift, store the empty totes, put the incoming mail?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider attending the Western REN’s 3rd Annual Stakeholder Summit.

This year’s focus is on Continuous Improvement, a series of tools and a cultural shift towards improving productivity at all levels of an organization. The Summit will opportunities to hear from local companies in the early stages of their Continuous Improvement work; as well as participate in hands-on activities designed for you to sample the small, yet critical shift in thinking required to improve your workplace efficiency, morale, and ultimately, your bottom line.

Register now, and indicate if you would like to participate in the optional tour of a Continuous Improvement project at A.F. Theriault and Sons.

Lunch is included and registration is free. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Date: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Time: Registration starts at 8:30am. Summit from 9:00am til 1:00pm.

Venue: Meteghan Fire Hall, 21 Meteghan Connector


NOTE: Select (“+”) number of registrations, then click “Register Now”.

RFP Addendum

Please note the following link to the addendum for the Western REN RFP for Project Management Team to lead Western Nova Scotia Rural Internet File.

Addendum added December 28, 2016.



Informing, Connecting & Accelerating December 2016

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In this issue you will find another introduction to another of our region’s economic development leaders, a guest column about municipal efforts to help finance energy efficiency retrofits, and announcements for training and events. Also, we are asking for your feedback on how we are doing so far.

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Request for Proposals – Project Management Team

Today, Dec 23rd 2016, we have released a Request for Proposals (RFP) calling for a Project Management Team to develop a funding application to the federal Connect to Innovate program. That funding program is designed to improve high-speed internet access for rural Canadians, and our region’s municipalities are working together, under the Western REN leadership to do just that.  To stay informed about our work on the internet file, watch our website, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or subscribe to our bi-monthly newsletter.

Informing, Connecting & Accelerating October 2016

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Within this issue, you will find an introduction to another of our region’s economic development leaders, a guest column about CBDC’s and shopping local, and announcements for training and events. Be sure to add your information to the Internet Heat Map!

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