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An Enormous Opportunity Is About To Transform Sydney Harbour
Episode 214th November 2023 • Invest in Cape Breton • Cape Breton Partnership
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For many, Sydney Harbour is known for its hotels, cruise ships, and a giant fiddle. But that only blows over the surface of this waterbody that's 16-and-a-half metres deep. There are more cruise passengers, more commercial traffic, more ambitious plans, and more opportunities here than anyone would fathom.

In this episode, three local leaders reveal what’s happening at the Port of Sydney today, why Sydney Harbour is a tremendously strategic site for investors, and why Novaporte’s forthcoming offshore wind marshalling port is an opportunity “so enormous it’s hard to even imagine”. First Nations and settler communities across Unama’ki-Cape Breton are set to be transformed.

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This episode’s sponsor is The Cape Breton Regional Municipality Regional Enterprise Network (CBRM REN). The CBRM REN is a collaborative effort between the Province of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Economic Development, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), and the Cape Breton Partnership. The CBRM REN’s areas of focus are rooted in the CBRM’s Economic Development Strategy, entitled CBRM Forward, and the priorities of the Province of Nova Scotia including Nova Scotia Loyal, Innovation Driven, Green and Sustainable Business, and Connecting Nova Scotians.

The Port of Sydney Development Corporation supports, promotes and develops Sydney Harbour and related infrastructure with a view of growing the economy of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Marlene Usher is its former CEO (outgoing at the time of recording).

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Novaporte is a 2,000+ acre deep-water port, logistics, and green energy infrastructure project. It recently announced a concession agreement with Blue Water Shipping to develop a major marshalling hub for offshore wind energy servicing the Northeast Atlantic U.S. and Eastern Canada. Kathleen Yurchesyn is its VP, Operations and Corporate Development.

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  • If you’re interested in learning more and/or see an opportunity to work with Novaporte, Kathleen would love to hear from you. Reach her at

Eskasoni First Nation is the largest Mi'kmaq community in the world. The Eskasoni Corporate Division’s mandate is to provide investment, business and employment opportunities for the people of Eskasoni. Steve Parsons is the General Manager of the Eskasoni Corporate Division and a Councillor for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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About the Invest in Cape Breton podcast

Unama'ki-Cape Breton is on the cusp of an economic renaissance. Invest in Cape Breton is a podcast that will challenge your assumptions about the island’s economy through in-depth interviews with local changemakers. We go beyond the headlines to reveal the untapped potential for investors and entrepreneurs, and offer a preview of the island’s coming transformation. Right from the first episode, we’ll show you why there's never been a better time to invest in Cape Breton.

This podcast is an initiative of the Cape Breton Partnership. It is hosted by Michelle Samson and produced by Storied Places Media. The theme music is "Under My Skin" by Elyse Aeryn.



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