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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

In her keynote, the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Immigration, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, recalled that CDÉNÉ works daily to advance the Acadian and Francophone communities in Nova Scotia and is the only provincial Francophone organization working for economic development.

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The Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, minister of Immigration, minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie

The morning continued with a presentation by Mylène Thériault, representative of the Commissioner of Official Languages for the Atlantic region, in which she emphasizes the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act (OLA) and the Commissioner's recommendations in regards to the modernisation of the OLA.

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Mylène Thériault

The first workshop of the day was facilitated by Laura Huynh Lê, Economic Immigration Officer for CDÉNÉ, and focused on interculturality. Its purpose was to foster empathy, mutual understanding and inclusion between employers and their immigrant employees, as well as within communities welcoming newcomers.

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Laura Huynh Lê

Gwen LeBlanc, Community Economic Development Officer for the CDÉNÉ, presented the French-language tourist itineraries in Nova Scotia and the new website,

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Gwen LeBlanc

The luncheon speaker, Jean-Paul Deveau, President of Acadian Seaplants Ltd, an internationally leading biotechnology company employing 400 people in 13 countries, including 35 scientists, including 15 PhD graduates, gave an inspiring and informative presentation.

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Robert Nonez led a workshop on the evolution of Artificial Intelligence in the early afternoon, going back to its origins and then discussing its present and future.

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Robert Nonez

Jean-Michel Blais then presented a workshop on Cybersecurity, the aim of which was to raise awareness of the various forms of Internet crime and ways to counter these threats.

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Jean-Michel Blais

The last workshop of the day was presented by Nicolas Gagnon, and focused on sustainable development. He detailed the positioning of companies in terms of social responsibility and sustainable development, which is increasingly important in increasing their competitiveness in the global markets.

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Nicolas Gagnon

Finally, this informative and constructive day ended with a panel discussion and question period led by André LeBlanc, Manager of Business Development and Entrepreneurship Services for the CDÉNÉ.

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Nicolas Gagnon, Jean-Michel Blais, Robert Nonez and André Leblanc

The productive day continued at Pier 21. The evening began with a seafood showcase, courtesy of Comeau's Seafoods and DEon Oyster Company, and a screening of video testimonials from CDÉNÉ's clients and partners.

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Subsequently, several certificates of recognition from the Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE Canada) were awarded. Among the recipients was Yvon Samson, a former manager in community economic development for CDÉNÉ, who has been a member of the CDÉNÉ since its creation and who retired this year.

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Yvon Samson is presented an Award Certificate from RDÉE Canada and on behalf of CDÉNÉ from Allister Surette, Chair of CDÉNÉ

The 20th anniversary was celebrated with a Dinner Banquet, with lobster courtesy of Riverside Lobster International, followed by an excellent cultural show, L'Acadie d'hier, d'aujourd'hui et de demain, produced by Martin Théberge and Luc d’Eon, Artistic Director, with artists Céline Doucet, Charles and Monique, Danielle Doucet, Éliot Richomme, Elyse Delaney, Frank Baganda, Leon Mellow (Bila), Sonia Losier, and Weldon Boudreau.

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From top to bottom and from left to right : Noël Després, Lise Després, Mark Bannerman, Julie Oliver, Allister Surette and Lena Metlege Diab

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Cultural show : L'Acadie d'hier, d'aujourd'hui et de demain

The CDÉNÉ thanks the partners of the event

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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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Wednesday, September 11 in Halifax

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

Halifax, november 2, 2018 – The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to welcome Sébastien Ducourtieux, newly appointed as Communications and Marketing Officer. He started work on October 29 in Halifax. 

Native from France, Sébastien holds a Master's degree in Political Sciences from the University Toulouse I, in France. Passionate about graphic arts since his childhood, he naturally turned to graphic design after university studies. He worked as a graphic designer and webmaster in a French musical instruments company for 7 years. Then, he founded his own graphic design studio in France in 2014, an activity he led until his arrival in Canada in August 2018.

Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) is pleased to welcome Benoit Seveno, newly appointed as Communications and Marketing Officer. He took office on April 18 in Halifax. 

Native from France, Benoit holds a Master's degree in Marketing, Communication et Culture de from the University of Lille, in France. His many professional experiences in France and Canada have enabled him to be in charge of membership for a not-for-profit organization in Montréal (Qc), to manage the economic development for the Town of Truro (Ns) as well as supervising communications for the French Association of Renewable Energy in Paris, France. He also taught Business and management at the NSCC Campus in Truro, NS.

CDÉNÉ wishes you a good National Acadian Day ⭐️
Our team is proud of Acadian culture, history, traditions and heritage! ⭐️
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The Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) Executive Director was inaugurating a sea cucumber processing plant in St. Pierre and Miquelon last July.