Familiar Face Joins Western REN Team

Matt Trask

Matthew (Matt) Trask is a familiar face on the regional business scene. Whether you know him as a successful businessperson, an engaged volunteer, or through his work with the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce; Matt is a well-connected addition to the Western REN team.

After graduating with his Bachelor of Business Administration, Matt joined the family insurance brokerage in 1993 and made partner in 2000. In 2005, he and his father sold the firm, which had grown to one of Eastern Canada’s largest brokers. A businessperson and an involved member of the community, Matt has volunteered with professional and service organizations, as well as coaching youth athletics. Matt is currently completing a Master of Education degree.

“Matt has a high calibre of business acumen and community connections.” says Western REN CEO, Angélique LeBlanc, “These strengths will support his new position as the Economic Development Officer responsible for leading the Western REN’s BusinessNow program.”

The BusinessNow program includes all the Western REN client-facing services, including the Connector Program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, and the Business Retention & Expansion Program. The latter is where Matt will focus his time.

The BR&E program is often the Western REN’s first point of contact with regional company owners and employers. Matt’s experience in the business community gives him a unique set of tools to apply. “As Executive Director of the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce, I was tasked to increase membership. In my three years there, I increased the membership by 40%. I look forward to using those skills to reach out to firms in the rest of the region.”

Contact Matt for more information: email at mtrask@westernren.ca or call 902-749-8270, or stop by the Western REN office at 368 Main Street, Suite 220 in Yarmouth.

The Western REN informs, connects, and accelerates regional economic development in the Municipalities of Argyle, Barrington, Clare, Digby, and Yarmouth, and in the Towns of Digby and Yarmouth.