Halifax, October 14, 2021 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Renee Blinn as the new Economic Development Officer for Clare. Her start date was October 12, 2021.

Renee was born in Clare and grew up in Grosses Coques in Southwestern Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts - Major in Commerce from Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point. Renee has been involved in volunteer work for as long as she can remember in the sports and cultural communities of the Clare region. Professionally, she has worked at Université Sainte-Anne and more recently at the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP).

Halifax, October 12, 2021 – After careful consideration, Julie Oliver has decided to leave as Executive Director of the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ).

The official date of Ms. Oliver's departure is December 31, 2021. In the meantime, to ensure the best possible transition, Ms. Oliver will remain available to the Board of Directors, CDÉNÉ employees and partners.

Ms. Oliver has dedicated 17 years to the economic development of the Acadian and francophone regions throughout the province of Nova Scotia, in both rural and urban settings. Throughout her tenure overseeing the overall management of the organization, she has also maintained excellent relationships with funding partners through her professionalism in project management practices and diligence in respecting deadlines and funding agreements.

"I am pleased to have contributed to the economic growth of the Acadian and francophone regions and to the evolution of CDÉNÉ. I leave CDÉNÉ in good financial, organizational and stable condition" says Ms. Oliver. "I have enjoyed working with the CDÉNÉ Board of Directors and a team of dedicated staff over the years. I am proud of the accomplishments we were able to achieve together. It has been a rewarding experience and I leave with many fond memories. I wish the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, the CDÉNÉ, a long and successful future."

"I would like to thank Ms. Oliver for her years of service and dedication to CDÉNÉ," said Mr. Allister Surette, Chair of the Board of Directors. "Accountable to a Board of Directors and with offices and staff from one corner of the province to the other, Ms. Oliver has provided the leadership required to deliver a variety of services in business, entrepreneurship, employment, community economic development and francophone economic immigration in support of the Acadian and francophone community in this province. We are very grateful of her many accomplishments."

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Ms. Julie Oliver, Executive Director of the CDÉNÉ from November 29, 2004 to December 31, 2021
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The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) provides services to the various sectors of the Acadian and Francophone community to ensure its the economic advancement. The CDÉNÉ delivers solutions to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, job seekers, economic immigrants, and communities contributing towards their economic success.

The workforce remains an important component for the continuity of Nova Scotia’s traditional Acadian and Francophone regions. The results of this survey provides a depiction of the existing workforce situation to help reduce barriers to hiring and retaining qualified and skilled workers. It will also be used to guide CDÉNÉ’s activities to fill the gap, to the extent possible, the workforce needs in the Acadian and Francophone regions of the province.


CDÉNÉ’s Nova Scotia Works Employment Services help not only job seekers and employers but also students and their families/caregivers.

Meet our team!

Taylor Saulnier is our NS Works School Liaison and is assigned to 4 schools:
• École secondaire de Clare
• École Rose-des-Vents
• Centre scolaire de la Rive-Sud
• Saint Mary's Bay Academy

Halifax, April 20, 2021 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to welcome back Laura Huynh Lê as an Economic Immigration Officer after a year and a half with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). She started her new position on April 15th in Halifax.

Originally from Belgium, Laura Huynh Lê holds a Master's degree in Population and Development Sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Laura also earned a Certificate in Adult Education with Dalhousie University and became a certified Essential Skills Practitioner.

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Nova Scotia Works Digby/Clare Virtual Job Fair 2021 
March 31, 2021 
A place where Job Seekers can connect with local Employers 


On the occasion of Small Business Week 2020, the CDÉNÉ organized a Virtual Coffe Breack and a Virtual Lunch & Learn with the theme "Forging the Way Forward". Watch the videos!

Halifax, October 21, 2020 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Mariama Sene as the new Employer Engagement Specialist. Her start date was October 19th, 2020. Her role on the Employment Services team at CDÉNÉ, Nova Scotia Works System, is to assist employers in the Clare and Argyle regions with employee recruitment and retention.

Mariama was born and raised in Senegal, more specifically in Dakar. In 2013, she came to Nova Scotia to study at Université Sainte-Anne in the Bachelor of Business Administration program and graduated in 2015. After her studies, she got married and became the mother of a little girl. She is currently enrolled in preparatory courses for the CPA. She has held various positions at the University including mini-camp counsellor and assistant director of residences. She then held a position as administrative assistant with the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne française in Ottawa.

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Halifax,August 15, 2020 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to announce that all of its offices, both regionally and in Halifax, are open to the public.

On or without an appointment, clients will be invited to complete a short self-screening form upon arrival.
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Halifax, August 17, 2020 –
The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to announce that its entire team is back in its respective offices in the regions and in Halifax.

If no exposure has occurred, a maximum number of clients (depending on space limitations and physical distance rules) are allowed to enter the facility at the same time by appointment only.

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Halifax, June 29, 2020 –
The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) congratulates the new members of the Organizing Committee of the Congrès mondial acadien 2024 (COCMA 2024), appointed on June 22, 2020: Denise Babin, Adrien Comeau, Roger d’Entremont, Brandon Doucette, Brenda LaGrandeur, Angelique LeBlanc, and Yalla Sangaré, who join Allister Surette (Chair), Chris Frotten (Vice-Chair, Argyle), Natalie Robichaud (ViceChair, Clare), Nadine Comeau (Treasurer) and Lynette Muise (Secretary).

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Halifax, June 19, 2020 –
In these troubled times, the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) expresses its full support for the anti-racism and anti-discrimination movement.

Integrity, inclusiveness and fairness are values that have been ardently defended by the CDÉNÉ since its inception. Economic immigration and support for immigrant entrepreneurs are major issues here at CDÉNÉ. Racism is not an option and will never be tolerated!

Thus, the CDÉNÉ proudly expresses its support for Black communities in Nova Scotia and around the world. There is great hope for positive change!