Common Business Referral Partners

The Western REN has an expansive list of possible referral partners with programs to support the full spectrum of business development. However, here are a few of our more commonly called upon regional referral partners.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Yarmouth Area Account Manager
Mike Comeau
902-742-0809
Digby Area Account Manager
Brianne LeBlanc
902-260-3590
Barrington Area Account Manager
Mark Townsend
902-875-7324
Labour and Advanced Education (LAE)
Business Workforce Consultant
Joe Brown 
902-424-7016
Université Sainte-Anne

902-769-2114

National Research Council Canada 
Industrial Research Assistance Program
Industrial Technology Advisor (Food Science, Agriculture, Seafood)
Steve Owen
902-426-2445
Community Business Development
Corporation (CBDC)
Yarmouth Development Officer
Sarah Gagnon 
902-742-5364
Clare/Digby Development Officer
Rose Madden
902-769-2916
Barrington Development Officer
Ardith Van Buskick
902-637-3395
Le Conseil de développement économique de la
Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ)
Digby Business Counselor
Alain Belliveau
902-769-3903
Nova Scotia Community College

Digby – 902-245-7211
Burridge – 902-742-3501

Nova Scotia Business Incorporated (NSBI)
Southwest Nova – Business Development Advisor
Gilles Babin
902-774-0208
South Shore Business Development Advisor
Melinda Reginbal
902-410-8207
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Account Manager, Business Development
Donald Crowell
902-742-7520
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NS Works Employer Engagement Specialists
Digby
Ken Flett
902-245-1830
Clare/Argyle
Yvette Armstrong
902-769-3284
Yarmouth
Karla LeBlanc
902-742-5859
Barrington
Lauren Race
902-637-3015