Award Finalists

2018 Gala Award Finalists Announced

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce announces 2018 gala award finalists

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 2018 gala award finalists.

Inglis Jewellers, owned by Paul Clark, has been selected as the recipient of the Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award and Leo Rovers, owner of L & R Construction in Stewiacke, been selected as the BDC Business Person of the Year.

“Inglis Jewellers and Leo Rovers have contributed greatly to the local economy and are leaders in the business community,” said Chamber President Joanne McRae. “We are pleased to recognize these two outstanding businesses while acknowledging Rover’s work restoring an architectural gem in downtown Truro and Clark’s dedication to expanding and growing his business during the past 27 years.”

The awards will be presented on April 12 during the Chamber’s 128th annual gala dinner celebration at the Best Western Glengarry. To reserve your seat, please call the Chamber office at 902-895-6328, or email [email protected]

The Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award recognizes leadership achieving demonstrated growth in sales, workforce investment, community involvement, support of the local business community, innovation and job creation.

The BDC Business Person of the Year Award acknowledges a founder, owner, CEO, president or manager who has achieved significant success showing strong leadership skills contributing to the growth of the business.

Nominations for the Chamber awards were open to all businesses in Truro and Colchester County.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the accomplishments of local business at the Chamber’s 128th Annual Awards & Dinner Gala, which is open to members and future members. Tickets cost $50 plus tax for members and $55 plus tax for future members.

Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol Live!

Paw Patrol Live! "The Great Pirate Adventure" is coming to Truro!


You are invited to get your tickets today, BEFORE they go on sale to the public. Just use the presale password VMAIL to purchase your tickets here by Thursday April 5th!


Show Info: 
Rath Eastlink Community Centre, November 10, 2018
Ticket prices start at $22.00 plus ticket fees
*Additional fees may apply. Ticket prices subject to change at any time.Be a V.I.P. - Very Important Pup!
The V.I.P. package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with three characters after the show. Each adult & child (aged 1 & up) must have a V.I.P. ticket.

Strategic Plan Session

TCPEP Strategic Plan Session Invites

Strategic Plan Session



March 29, 2018

Dear Community Partner,

The Truro & Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity (TCPEP) is a new organization dedicated to increasing business opportunities, attracting talent and increasing investment in the Colchester region.

We are reaching out to the community to seek assistance and input with the creation of our Regional Economic Development Strategy. The Partnership has engaged Frank Gallant with Peak Experiences Consulting to facilitate our strategic planning process, and we are asking you, a valued community stakeholder, to provide input into the plan’s development.

There are two key ways you can provide input:
• Provide input online via the Peak Experience portal
• Attend one of our upcoming focus group meetings

Details on the online portal and information about the focus group meeting are listed below.

We look forward to hearing about your ideas and inspirations. If you have any questions or if you would like to discuss aspects of this process with us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Brennan Gillis Frank Gallant, President
Truro & Colchester Partnership Peak Experiences Consulting
Tel: 902.890.3120 Tel: 902.499.7585
Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]
Web: Web:

The Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity is supported by:

Our Mission -- To guide and navigate economic development in the Colchester region, supporting business growth in communities.
Our Mandate - The Truro & Colchester Partnership is mandated to oversee the development and implementation of a regional economic development strategy. The strategy should consider assets, the business community, sector strengths, and regional challenges and opportunities. The strategy should align with local business priorities and provincial priorities to maximize our region’s ability to leverage of programs, policies and services. The strategy will outline the results the TCPEP will achieve over a three-year period.

Get Involved!

1. Online Portal
Provide your input to our Strategic Planning process by visiting You’ll be taken to the Peak Experience portal and asked for a password. Use Partnership1 (please use capital “P” and the rest of the letters are lowercase). Please enter your name, organization, email address, age category and complete our six questions.

2. Focus Group Meetings
Attend one of our Community Stakeholder Engagement Sessions planned during early April mid-May 2018. Some of the focus groups have themes.
Meeting 1: April 12, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Theme: Education & Entrepreneurship
Location: Dalhousie University, Bible Hill – Jenkins Hall
Meeting 2: April 17, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Theme: Business, Industrial Parks & Developers
Location: Debert Hospitality Centre, Debert - Hudson Room
Meeting 3: April 19, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Theme: Colchester Promotion & People Attraction
Location: Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC)
Meeting 4: April 24, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Theme Regional – West Colchester
Location Victoria Hall, Bass River
Meeting 5: April 26, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Theme: Regional – Millbrook
Location: Millbrook Community Centre
Meeting 6: May 01, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Theme: Regional East Colchester / Stewiacke
Location: Stewiacke Legion, Stewiacke
Meeting 7: May 03, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Theme: Youth & Community Groups
Location: Truro Fire Hall, Truro
Meeting 8: May 09, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Theme: Regional Session – North Colchester
Location: Tatamagouche Centre, Tatamagouche


Interested stakeholders do not need to RSVP, but doing so will help us plan for attendance

If you plan to attend a session, please send an email to [email protected]

Atlantic Chamber of Commerce municipal

Municipal Charter Amendments

Atlantic Chamber of Commerce

Municipal Charter Amendments

Dear Members,

The Nova Scotia members of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce have expressed their objection to the piecemeal and negative approach proposed by the provincial government in granting economic development powers to a single municipal entity.

The attached letter sent the Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs outlines the chambers’ concerns that such an approach will instigate a situation where municipalities across the province vie for competitive advantage by according targeted tax breaks and short-term business subsidies.

Our members reject this uncoordinated approach to reforming municipal governance and submit that a province-wide modernization of the act will provide a more effective and positive solution to sustaining municipalities.

For more information:
Sheri Somerville
CEO Atlantic Chamber of Commerce


2017 Record Year for Tourism in NS

Dear tourism industry stakeholder:

It is my pleasure to announce that 2017 was Nova Scotia’s best tourism year in history and fourth consecutive year of growth. Together we welcomed 2.4 million visitors to the province, an increase of nine per cent over 2016, and generated $2.7 billion in annual tourism revenue, an increase of seven per cent. This is exciting progress as our industry works to reach the Ivany Report goal of $4 billion in tourism revenues by 2024.

I hope you will take a moment to review the 2017 tourism performance highlights and share the fantastic news with your colleagues, stakeholders, and investors. Full year results are available on

Together we are building a dynamic and innovative tourism industry that plays a key role in growing Nova Scotia’s economy and vibrant communities. I am so proud to call this province home and to work alongside you in this exciting and fast-growing industry.

Congratulations on another record-setting year!


Michele Saran
Tourism Nova Scotia


Events Truro Colchester & Rath Eastlink Community Centre Secure Grand Slam of Curling Masters for this October

Events Truro Colchester & Rath Eastlink Community Centre Secure Grand Slam of Curling Masters for this October

The Rath Eastlink Community Centre is set to host the Grand Slam of Curling Masters, running Oct. 23 to Oct. 28, 2018. Owned and operated by Sportsnet, a Rogers Media company, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is an annual series of seven curling tournaments that attract the world’s best curlers.
The Masters will be the second stop on the 2018-2019 Grand Slam schedule. Featuring 15 of the top men’s teams and 15 of the top women’s teams in the world, the Masters is an elite-level competition with $250,000 and valuable tour points on the line.
In 2015, the event enjoyed huge success in Truro, as over 130 volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure fans and athletes had a great experience. Following the tournament, local Curling Clubs saw a noticeable jump in the level of interest in the sport.

“The Truro Colchester Community is proud once again to play host to the best male and female curlers in the world,” said Craig Burgess, Community Chair of the Organizing Committee. “Come join us again and make this the best curling venue in the grand slam series!”
In 2015, the event generated $1.94 million in economic activity from above average ticket sales compared to other tournament locations. Organizers anticipate even greater success at this year’s Truro-Colchester venue.

“We are thrilled to have this pinnacle event return to the Community Credit Union Arena,” Said Matt Moore, GM of RECC. “In 2015 this event was a very special milestone for our facility as our first on the international stage, so I know there will be no shortage of enthusiasm and excitement when the brooms and rocks start flying.”
Events Truro Colchester (ETC), a partnership between the Town of Truro and County of Colchester supported by other community organizations, was established following the 2015 success of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Masters. Since that time, ETC has promoted our region as a marque events destination and served as host to major sporting and cultural events. The group has developed a Strategic Plan, brand mark, and website ( to assert Truro-Colchester into the competitive world of event attraction.

“It’s so exciting to be in the game so-to-speak when it comes to having major sports and music events staged right here in our community. Not only does it fill our hotels and restaurants with visitors, it makes this an even more enjoyable place to live,” said Colchester Mayor Christine Blair.

“The Events Truro Colchester group continue to do a great job! They continue to come to us (Town Council) with event recommendations that fit well within our scope and mandate. We look forward to the Grand Slam and many more events in the future,” stated Mayor of Truro, Bill Mills.

More information on volunteer opportunities, tickets, and sponsorship will become available in the coming weeks at here.

Media Contact:

Matt Moore
Rath Eastlink Community Centre
[email protected]

Nick Sharpe
Rath Eastlink Community Centre / Events Truro Colchester
[email protected]

Curling RECCCurling


Joanne McRae

Annual General Meeting News Release

March 14, 2018

News release

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce sets priorities for 2018, elects new officers

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated 128 years serving the business community at its Annual General Meeting held in Truro. A new slate of officers and directors was elected by the membership which will see Joanne McRae, a manager with MNP LLP Truro, step into the president’s seat.

McRae said building stronger partnerships with business stakeholders and all levels of government was a focus of the chamber during the past year.

“The efforts that have been put into these initiatives have shown the positive results that can be achieved when government, businesses and local organizations, like the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce, can work together for the business community in our region,” said McRae.  “The partnerships that have been developed over the last few years bring our region a new strength and are key to continuing to move forward.”

McRae was elected to serve a one-year term.

She said during the next year the Chamber will continue to collaborate with organizations, government and business to help grow and support the businesses within our region.

“Small and medium sized businesses are the heart of the Canadian economy and it is important that organizations like this one exist to advocate on your behalf to ensure your interests are protected,” said the president. “I look forward to continuing to meet with our members and hearing your concerns as well as working with our Board of Directors to find new and innovative ways to provide support to you.”

Outgoing president Alex Stevenson reviewed many of the key initiatives of the Chamber during the past year such as achieving accreditation with distinction, hosting a Project Management Professional Certification Exam Preparation Course, the fundraising campaign to establish a regional enterprise network, working with a tourism stakeholder group, networking opportunities and organizing initiatives to support youth, among many others.

“I believe we’ve been successful building on momentum, delivering on key initiatives, focusing on our Mission and Vision, and working collaboratively to support a prosperous business environment,” said Stevenson. “Going forward, I’m confident our incoming president, Joanne McRae will do an outstanding job and I wish the board, staff and the executive continued success in 2018 as they continue their important advocacy work on behalf of the members.”

At the end of 2017 there were 430 members in the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce making it the largest Chamber in Nova Scotia outside metro.

Other newly elected executives and directors are: Vice-President Ron Smith, Business Development, Old Fletcher Farm Property Limited, a division of Masstown Market Limited; Treasurer Amanda Pothier, owner Atkinson’s Accounting; Solicitor George White, Patterson Law; and directors Dr. David Gray, Dean of Dalhousie Agricultural Campus; Karen Baillie,  Elegant Steps; Karen Gillespie, Nova Scotia Community College; Bob Brown E. Lynds Enterprises;  Nancy Johnstone, Lock and Stone Property Management; Peter Thiesen Pulse Property Care; Connie Baird, Party Time Rentals and Sam Abushenaf, PuroClean Restorations; David Ritcey, Hampton Inn Truro; Julie Taylor, Skin Decision; Trina Langille, Warmth By Design; and Matthew Mossman, Bell Media. Alex Stevenson, manager of commercial banking CIBC, will remain on the board as past-president.

The Chamber’s Annual Dinner Gala and Awards will be held on April 12 at the Best Western Glengarry.

The Chamber has issued a call for nominations for BDC Business Person of the Year and the Community Credit Union Business Excellence awards.

To reserve a seat at the gala or for more information about award nominations, call 902-895-6328 or email [email protected]. Deadline for nominations is March 16, 2018.



Media Contact:

Sherry Martell

Executive Director, Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce


Business Builder Breakfast

Matching Employees with Business Culture

Business Builder Breakfast: Matching Employees with Business Culture


Join us next Tuesday, March 20th, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Marigold Centre, 605 Prince St, for our Business Builder Breakfast on: Matching Employees with Business Culture with presenter:  Glenn Bowie, Area Director, Sales and Marketing, New Castle Hotels and Resorts

Join us for a presentation by Glenn on hiring employees whose beliefs and personality are aligned with the company's core values and culture.

Free event open to members and the community with light breakfast included!

To RSVP, please call (902) 895-6328 or email [email protected]

This event is sponsored by White LeBlanc Wealth Planners/Hollis Wealth.

White LeBlanc Wealth Planners

WLWP is on the move!

White LeBlanc Wealth Planners is on the move!

The firm's partners, Daniel LeBlanc and Colin White, purchased 628 Prince St in January and are doing a major renovation to convert the building to commercial office space which will house the firm's growing wealth planning business in Truro. The renovation work is being done by Victor Mingo Quality Construction of Truro and construction is well underway.
The renovation will be completed by the end of March and the firm will relocate in April from its rented offices on Commercial St.  The finished space will feature a wheelchair accessible main floor with reception area, staff offices, two meeting rooms with full AV, and a customer washroom.  A fully equipped kitchen will allow the firm to host small client lunches and events.  The first floor will have four staff offices which will provide the firm room to continue growing its Truro team.
"We are very excited about our new premises in Truro" said Colin White. "The building is in a great location on Prince St and there is ample client parking on site.  We are really looking forward to having our clients in and hope to have an opening reception in late Spring or early Summer".
White LeBlanc Wealth Planners
White LeBlanc Wealth Planners Website

Tap Into New Skilled Worker Markets

Tap Into New Skilled Worker Markets with the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration

Do you need help filling persistent labour gaps? Are you looking for new skilled workers to help your business grow? The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) can help.
Right now, we're planning events for March and April 2018 to attract skilled workers to Nova Scotia from key international markets such as Ireland, England and Morocco.
Join us at our upcoming event April 4th : Atlantic Immigration Pilot
You and your business can take advantage of these events by sending a job posting with us, or by joining us in person.
For more about this opportunity, contact us directly. Our team is ready to answer your questions and help you learn how immigration can benefit your business.
Email [email protected] or call (902) 424-5230 and ask for Emma.