Halifax, November 15, 2019 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gwen LeBlanc as Manager of Community Economic Development and Innovation Services. Gwen transitioned to her new position as manager on November 12.

Gwen LeBlanc is from Wedgeport, Nova Scotia and a graduate of Université Sainte-Anne. She started at CDÉNÉ in 2009, as a Community Economic Development Officer representing the Argyle region.

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The VisitezNE.ca website, developed by the CDÉNÉ, offers tourist tours, news and a calendar of events in the Acadian and Francophone regions of Nova Scotia.
Available in French and English.

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VisitezNE.ca allows visitors to plan their trip by choosing the place of departure, Amherst, Digby, Halifax, Sydney or Yarmouth and the duration of their trip in our beautiful province. We offer tours from 3 to 14 days which include detailed itineraries day by day. A description of each region visited is included and presents the tourist attractions according to the traveller's interests.

The itineraries have been developed to promote and extend stays in the Acadian regions. We encourage travellers to stay overnight in our regions. The tours invite tourists to visit the icons and sites that have accompanied Acadians over the decades. For example, and without hesitation, the national site of Grand Pré, and the Fortress of Louisbourg. The city of Halifax and many other must-see places are also designated as landmarks not to be missed.

Each tour is presented as a day-by-day itinerary with a variety of attractions to suit the traveller's interests. This interactive website will allow the user to see the suggested routes with lots of information about the regions and sites to visit.

VisitezNE.ca also promotes events that take place in our regions. The news section offers texts that will provide more information to our visitors. We include photos, links to videos and websites of regional tourism associations. We also include our Chemin de l'Acadie passport for those who are passionate about the game of Geocaching.

According to the Ivany Commission's 2014 report "How to Build the Provincial Economy", the tourism industry was expected to provide our province's economy with $4 billion in revenues by 2024. By the end of 2018, we were late in achieving this goal. However, we are hopeful that with the new promotional tool visitezne.ca, the Acadian and Francophone market will help to achieve the proposed result for 2024.

The Acadians of Nova Scotia are very proud of their heritage. They like to share and teach visitors their customs and how they live in French on a daily basis. They want travellers to visit more than one region. Indeed, Acadians are unique from one region to another, and from one community to another...

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Halifax, November 12, 2019 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to announce the hiring of Michèle Pignol as an Economic Immigration Officer. Michèle joined the CDÉNÉ team on November 4.

Originally from France, Michèle studied in Aix en Provence, Strasbourg and Toronto. She has a strong professional experience in economic immigration and employability. She began working in these fields in 2006 in Toronto with organizations such as the French Consulate in Toronto, RDÉE Ontario (now the Société Économique de l'Ontario) and Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Halifax, November 7, 2019 – This fourth reception for Acadian and Francophone municipal councillors was organized by the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) in conjunction with the annual conference of the Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities and in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs. This event, organized under the leadership of Julie Oliver, Executive Director of the CDÉNÉ, was an opportunity for participants to network in French and discuss their professional practices throughout the province.

Allister Surette, Chair of the board of directors of CDÉNÉ, President of Université Sainte-Anne, delivered the opening welcoming remarks by introducing the special guests.

The CDÉNÉ is pleased to have the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Minister of Immigration of Nova Scotia and Mark Bannerman, Executive Director of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, back in attendance. Simon d'Entremont, Deputy Minister of Seniors, Deputy Minister of Energy, was also in attendance. Many Wardens, Deputy Wardens, Municipal Councillors and CAOs were present: Ronnie LeBlanc, Warden of the Municipality of Clare and Deputy warden of the CDÉNÉ, Jacques Dubé, Chief Administrative Officer of the Halifax Regional Municipality, Danny Muise, Warden of the Municipality of Argyle, Nil Doucet, Deputy Warden of the Municipality of Clare, Alfred Poirier, Deputy Warden of Inverness County, to name a few.

Minister Lena Diab thanked the CDÉNÉ for this important initiative and networking opportunity for elected members and staff from Francophone municipalities.

Once again this year, the CDÉNÉ would like to thank Michelle Saulnier, Coordinator of French Language Services for Municipal Affairs, for her presence and support.

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Julie Oliver, Executive Director of the CDÉNÉ, the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Immigration, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Allister Surette, President of Université Sainte-Anne and Chair of the board of directors of the CDÉNÉ
 

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Halifax, September 17, 2019 – The Economic Summit highlighting the 20th anniversary of the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) was held in Halifax on September 11, 2019. The official opening began with welcoming remarks from Allister Surette, Chair of the CDÉNÉ, and Julie Oliver, Executive Director of the CDÉNÉ.

The Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality, Mike Savage, then gave his welcoming address recalling the positive impact that the CDÉNÉ has had in Halifax and Nova Scotia.

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Mike Savage, Julie Oliver and Allister Surette

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) representing twenty years of dedicated work towards the economic advancement of Nova Scotia's Acadian and Francophone communities. To celebrate this important milestone, we are holding an Economic Summit in Halifax.

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Halifax, July 11, 2019 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to announce the hiring of Issam Wade as Project Development Officer. He started work on July 2.

Born in Senegal, Issam studied at the University of the Sahel (Dakar, Senegal) where he obtained a degree in Economics and Management. He then continued his studies at Université Sainte-Anne where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.A.A.). Professionally, his combined management, economic and community experience will be an asset to his position as a project development officer.

Halifax, May 8, 2019 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to announce the hiring of Diariata Dieng as Manager of Community Economic Development and Innovation Services. Her start date was April 29th.

Born in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Diariata studied in Grenoble, France, at Pierre Mendes France University. She obtained two Masters degrees: the first in Territorial Development Project Management and the second in International Economics and Globalization.

Halifax, April 8, 2019 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to announce the addition of Daniel Carrier to its Business and Entrepreneurship Services team. He assumed the position of Business Advisor for the Argyle region on April 8.

Originally from Edmundston, New Brunswick, Daniel studied at the Université de Moncton before venturing into the labour market in New Brunswick and Western Canada. His experience in the fields of management, accounting and project supervision will be an asset for his new position. His work experience has also led him to develop a passion for financial management, project development, and strategic partnerships.

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Halifax, March 25, 2019 –
On March 5, 2019, the Groupe d’Accueil Communautaire pour les nouveaux arrivants à Argyle (Newcomer Community Welcoming Group in Argyle), in collaboration with the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) and the Western Regional Enterprise Network (WREN), had organized a "Bilingual Meet & Greet" in Tusket at Anchored Grounds! The organizers would like to warmly thank the participants for coming to this first “Bilingual Meet & Greet”. The high level of attendance for this event demonstrates a real desire from the community and the newcomers to meet with each other and make the Southwest Nova Scotia a more welcoming and open place.

The CDÉNÉ produced a series of leaflets offering a community economic overview of the Acadian and Francophone regions of Nova Scotia. These leaflets are available in print and downloadable digital versions.

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Halifax, November 14, 2018 – This third reception for Acadian and Francophone municipal councillors organized by le Conseil du développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) took place during the annual conference of the Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs. This evening was an opportunity for participants to network in French and explore potential collaborative opportunities while sharing their knowledge and expertise.

Dignitaries present were Honourable Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, and Minister of Immigration for Nova Scotia. Minister Lena Diab was accompanied by the Executive Director of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Mr. Mark Bannerman.

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Carl Deveau, Clare Councillor, Honourable Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Julie Oliver, Executive Director of the CDÉNÉ, and Ronnie Leblanc, Vice-President of the CDÉNÉ