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Stakeholders to address State of the Strait

Conference to take place Wednesday in Port Hawkesbury


This year’s State of the Strait conference will include three panels from key stakeholders in the local economy.

It will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

The first panel on the creative economy will include a discussion among the Cape Breton Partnership’s Morgan Murray, Jay Bell Redbird of Friends United Cultural Centre and entrepreneur Sara Rankin, who runs Sara Rankin Creative Company.

An industry sector panel will include Mike Kelloway, the community innovation lead at the Nova Scotia Community College, Mark Brown, an energy executive with Pieridae, and Gordana Slepcev, the chief operating officer of Anaconda Mining.

The chief administrative officer of Richmond County, Kent MacIntyre and Sean Sturge, the project manager and co-founder of the Cape Breton Cultural Experience Resort in Margaree, will participate in a panel discussing new investments in the Strait area economy.

Panelists will each speak about upcoming projects, accomplishments and future developments at the institutions and companies they represent.

The keynote address will be given by Fabian Henry, who founded Marijuana for Trauma, a chain of medical marijuana clinics across Canada.

Henry is moving toward becoming a licensed cannabis producer through his company, Breton CannaPharms, with the plan to produce 12,500 kilograms at full production.

Hosted by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is designed to develop business-to-business connections, and organizers say it sets the tone for the region’s business climate over the course of the upcoming year.

To attend the conference, registration is available online at

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