BR&E Task Force

Shawn AllenShawn Allen - Tel: 527-2150 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am involved with the BRE program because I believe that Bridgewater needs to have a strong core of small and medium size businesses to keep the community economically stable through periods of change within larger corporate structures. Also I have heard that some believe that Bridgewater is a hard place to do business in, I wish to know why?

Shawn is the president of Denshaw Holdings Ltd., the parent company of Cardinal Fire & Safety and Cardinal Apparatus. Cardinal Fire & Safety represents leading manufacturers of safety products, work wear and firefighting equipment. Cardinal Apparatus is the Atlantic dealer for Rosenbauer, the world’s largest supplier of fire apparatus (trucks).

Geoff AucoinGeoff Aucoin - Tel: 543-8141 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am involved with the BRE project because as one of the largest employers on the South Shore it is important that Michelin contribute to the growth and health of our local business community. I hope that through this effort we, the local business community, will be able to find ways to collaborate in ways we never thought possible. I also hope we can find ways to improve the labor pool and develop incentives for other businesses to locate in the area. I am confident that just through this process of "self discovery" we will solve some of the issues now facing businesses of all sizes.

Everett BackmanEverett Backman - Tel: 530-3117 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sylvia BoothSylvia Booth - Tel: 521-0657 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Why I feel BRE is an important element...
In order to maintain a vibrant and healthy community, we need healthy & successful businesses. The Business Retention and Expansion program provides a vehicle by which we can find ways to support our business community.

Sylvia Booth is the Regional Business Facilitator (South Shore) for the Women in Business Initiative, a program of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency which is delivered by the Centre for Women in Business at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is a Certified General Accountant with a background in various aspects of business management. Sylvia has owned and operated her own business, New View Consulting. She served as Executive Director of the Lunenburg Board of Trade, 1999-2002, and was Treasurer for the Board from 2003-2005. She holds a bachelor of arts honours with a major in psychology.

Craig CollinsCraig Collins - Tel: 543-0846 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am excited to be involved in the BR&E program because it is bringing together ordinary citizens, volunteering their time, to improve the community in which we live by building a stronger business environment.

Craig joined NSCC as Principal of the Lunenburg Campus in March 2006. Prior to coming to Bridgewater he spent the last 7 years living in the Washington DC metropolitan area. His most recent position had been Vice President of Education at Gibbs College in Vienna, Virginia. A native of Newfoundland, Craig is married with two young daughters.

Darren CrowellDarren Crowell - Tel: 543-8742 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reason to be involved... To show businesses that the community appreciates what they contribute to the local economy, attempt to assist them with problems which they may have & seeing local businesses succeed.

Darren Crowell has been employed with RBC Financial Group since completion of school, 24 years, this May 10, 2006.

Dan DooksDan Dooks - Tel: 543-0844 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Account Executive, Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Ivan DeveauIvan Deveau - Tel: 543-0491 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I have volunteered to take part in this Business Retention and Expansion task force initiative because I believe strongly that communications between businesses and community are vitally important. We need to find out what everyone is thinking to enable us to proactively move into the future, better informed and therefore better equipped to build a common community “brand” that benefits everyone. Knowledge is strength, and I believe this initiative will enable us to see the diversity we have locally and how we can translate that into a thriving community.

Ivan is a Business Development Officer with the Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency, who offers his knowledge of economic development, business planning, International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment to local businesses and agencies for either start up or expansion. He has prepared and delivered business and exporting workshops and seminars aimed at educating entrepreneurs, counselors and consultants.

Neil EmenauNeil Emenau - Tel: 543-0360 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Statistics show the majority of of new jobs are created by existing businesses. The BRE program is a community based volunteer visitation program to identify both opportunities for expansion and barriers facing local businesses. Helping to improve competitiveness of the business community is key to sustain long term economic development.

Neil Emenau, BRE Task Force member and Executive Director, Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency.

Michael GravesMichael Graves - Tel: 527-2381 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BRE is a terrific example of how a community, local businesses and government can work together, be proactive and problem solve. With the end result being a stronger community, a stronger business sector and more employment for all concerned.

I am the local owner of an M&M Meat Shop franchise in Bridgewater. I have been fortunate to live in and experience many areas within Canada. While living in the large cities (Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto) I always felt it was too difficult to make a positive contribution to my community. I hope to bring a positive attitude, hard work and creative thinking to our new home in Bridgewater, Lunenburg County and the South Shore.

Donna HattDonna Hatt - Tel: 527-1980 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
BR&E Visitation Volunteer Coordinator

As a resident, consumer and business owner in the Bridgewater area, I am involved with the BRE program being undertaken by the BDA specifically because of the proactive community economic development approach being employed. Our BRE is a community driven process that has brought all stakeholders together to appreciate the strengths of our region while enabling challenges and opportunities to be identified and more importantly addressed. We are very fortunate to have the economic base we currently enjoy in the Bridgewater area, however, our future success relies on our ability to anticipate and respond to changes in the marketplace. I believe the BRE will provide us with valuable insight that encourages strategic partnerships resulting in a more diversified, competitive and collaborative approach to our community economic development.

With the exception of a couple of years in Ottawa Donna Hatt has spent the past decade making the Bridgewater area the base for her career and home for her family. Building on her experience in Community Economic Development and marketing within both the Public and Private sectors, she launched her own consulting business in 2001. Donna Hatt Consulting provides a full range of business development, management and marketing services primarily to the tourism, heritage, not for profit and recreation sectors. More recently, the company has expanded to offer a number of workshops and seminars in the areas of marketing, fundraising and customer service.

Judy KosterAldine Koster

I am pleased to be involved with the Business Retention and Expansion program because I want to do my part in helping businesses in the area grow and become more successful. I would like to see more youth involved in the business environment . As a Task Force member of the BRE program, I hope I can help make a difference. I have also taken on the volunteer role of Milestone Coordinator for the BRE project which will keep me more involved with this program.

I am a partner with my mother in Arby's. From the beginning Arby's has been a different kind of a fast food restaurant and continues to be family owned and proud to be part of the community. The Arby's difference goes way beyond unique, great tasting, good-for-you food. Arby's is a welcome change from the hectic atmosphere of most fast food restaurants - a relaxing place where customers ring our signature bell to let us know they've enjoyed the experience.

Judy KosterJudy Koster - Tel: 543-6868 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I Judy Koster (Owner/operator of Arby's and President of the Bridgewatar and Area Chamber of Commerce) am involved with BRE because I believe a collective business voice can provide a clear message as to what advantages and disadvantages there are in the Bridgewater community and to the existing businesses. This study should set a template as to what direction we must take to create a stronger community also allowing the businesses to prosper. We live in a beautiful area on the South Shore and should develope it to it's full potential and together we can acheive so much more than individually.

Judy has owned Arby's in Bridgewater since 1995. From the beginning Arby's has been a different kind of a fast food restaurant and continues to be family owned and proud to be part of the community. The Arby's difference goes way beyond unique, great tasting, good-for-you food. Arby's is a welcome change from the hectic atmosphere of most fast food restaurants - a relaxing place where customers ring our signature bell to let us know they've enjoyed the experience.

Don MaGeeDon MaGee - Tel: 543-6952 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I became involved in BRE both as a member of the Business Community and as an individual. Through my Financial Services industry career, I recognize the key importance of the success of business, both small and large, and the positive impact that it has on the Community's well being and future growth. I hope my involvement in a program to identify and reduce the impediments that face this important segment of our economy will be a step toward improving the future growth prospects of those businesses and enhance the growth of our Community overall. As an individual, I find it challenging to see many of our youth migrate to larger Communities where their employment prospects are perhaps improved and hopefully this program can remove barriers to growth that will see more employment opportunities locally and again lead to the growth of our Community.

Don is Branch Manager of RBC Royal Bank in Bridgewater and New Germany and has lived in the Bridgewater area for the past 2 years. His career in the Financial Services Industry has been primarily involved in Branch and Community Management roles, coupled with several roles in Small Business/Commercial Account throughout Atlantic Canada. He is also involved in the Community through roles on the Board of Directors of Hillside Pines Home For Special Care and Lunenburg County Home Support Services. He is a member of Bridgewater Rotary Club and involved with United Way fundraising activities. He lives in Conquerall Mills with his wife, Vanna, and daughter, Sara.

Bill McInnisBill McInnis - Tel: 543-3273 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bill was active in the financial services industry for 35 years , 28 of which were as a branch manager of a bank. He has been and continues to be a small business owner for 15 plus years. Bill is also a Member of Town council for the past 6 years. His educational background includes Accounting, Estate and Trust Management, Securities Trading and Financial Planning. Bill has been a resident of Bridgewater for 27 years and is married with 3 children.

Ida ScottIda Scott - Tel: 527-6278 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
BR&E Overall Coordinator

Why BR&E? I believe that the greatest opportunity for business growth within a community comes from existing businesses. Often the focus has been on attracting new businesses to the area. While this is important and an effort that must be continued we can't neglect the potential that exists within the existing business base. The BDA and its 85 plus volunteers are committed to contributing towards this growth through the Business Retention and Expansion initiative.

Ida Scott is the Manager of the Bridgewater Development Association as well as a certified BR&E consultant. She has a proven track record of community involvement and brings a wealth of experience to her role. Ida has previously served as a Director of Economic Development, Major Events organizer, Executive Director for World Youth Sailing, and a host of related responsibilities. As a small business owner she has directly worked with over 200 businesses and organizations and delivered over 600 workshops to thousands of individuals.

Kevin SpringerKevin Springer - Tel: 902-877-1145 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
BR&E Promotional Coordinator & Media Contact

Why BR&E? I have been a volunteer with the BDA for almost 3 years because I want to do my part to help create a sustainable year round economy for our future and our children's. We cannot rely solely on tourism and I feel Bridgewater's business community is the heart of South Shore Commerce. For this reason, I am involved with the Bridgewater Business Retention and Expansion program. This system will be a catalyst to open lines of communication between business, government and consumers, quickly bringing to the forefront challenges and concerns that impact our businesses.

Short Bio:Kevin immigrated to Canada five years ago from the State of Maine and decided to settle in Lunenburg County with his wife Kelly and their two children. He now works as a marketing consultant and owns a real estate investment firm called Maritime Property Investment Group. He feels there is tremendous opportunity in this region and the lifestyle is unsurpassed.

Karianne ThompsonKarianne Thompson - Tel: 543-4217 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In order for a community to grow, it must be able to attract new business that will stay and assist in the expansion of existing businesses. I believe that the initiatives set out in the Business Expansion and Retention (BRE) program will allow small, medium and large businesses not only the opportunity to voice their opinion but also to be heard. By recognizing opportunities and issues within the community we can all work toward strategies to enhance the town and surrounding areas in order to attract new investment and a skilled labor force.

After graduating from Acadia University in 2003, Karianne was employed with the Lunenburg Queens Regional Development Agency as a Development Officer. Upon completion of a term position in Economic Development she began her career as an Accountant with Raymond Wilde Chartered Accountants. During the past three years she has volunteered with many organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the Bridgewater Development Association, SHAID Tree Animal Shelter and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.

David WalkerDavid Walker - Tel: 543-5782 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are a number of reasons why this initiative interests the Town. On a general plane, any initiative that helps business grow and prosper is a positive venture for the Town. A healthy and vibrant business community is a critical component to any Town that wants to grow. Having the business community help each other is an excellent way to foster that healthy & vibrant atmosphere. In my role on Town Council I have heard on many occasions that we are anti-business, that we are not a welcoming Town for business. We have never been able to determine concrete examples of that. We believe that we are receptive to business. Hopefully this initiative will provide information on how business perceives the Town Council as well as offer suggestions on ways we might assist the business community in both retaining existing businesses as well as assisting with their growth.

 

For more information, please contact:

Ida Scott, BR&E Overall Coordinator - Tel: 902.527.6278 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kevin Springer, BR&E Promotional Coordinator & Media Contact - Tel: 902.527.3702 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donna Hatt, BR&E Visitation Volunteer Coordinator - Tel: 527-1980 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.