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2020 Sea to Sky: PEI Aerospace, Defence and Marine Conference @ ONLINE
Aug 12 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association (ACADA) is pleased to host the 2020 Sea to Sky: PEI Aerospace, Defence and Marine Conference August 12, 2020 .

Sea to Sky 2020 will be a one day virtual event and offer an informative program building on the centric theme of workforce development, training and continuous improvement while adding in adaptation and change reflective of the “new realities” brought on by COVID-19.

Celebrating Small Business Week with Rural Action Centre @ Shirley's Cafe
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Visit us at Shirley’s Cafe and enjoy a Complimentary Coffee!

CBDC West Prince Ventures Limited and Rural Action Centre Alberton will also visit local entrepreneurs to show support for our local business community as part of Small Business Week Celebrations!

Forging the way forward: How entrepreneurs are adapting to the pandemic @ Virtual Event
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Canadian entrepreneurs are defying all odds amidst one of the largest economic crises in history. Despite the new business reality caused by the coronavirus pandemic, they are adapting and positioning themselves to succeed in the future.

Join BDC’s President and CEO Michael Denham in conversation with business owners for a free virtual event. You will hear real stories of entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated this new business context. You will learn:

  • How the pandemic has impacted Canadian businesses
  • What entrepreneurs did to turn things around
  • How these same business owners are preparing for tomorrow

As part of BDC’s Small Business Week kick-off, we will welcome the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. You will hear about the federal government’s COVID-19 support programs for small businesses and how business owners can prepare for the uncertainty of the months ahead.

We are also pleased to welcome Sami Hayek from Pitbull Energy Services and Joanna Griffiths from Knixwear to hear their personal accounts of innovation and courage.


Michael Denham, BDC’s President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Denham

President and Chief Executive Officer, BDC

A strong advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation, Michael has dedicated his 30-year career to advising Canadian companies on their challenges and opportunities, including corporate strategy, financing, mergers and acquisitions, and global partnerships. At the helm of BDC since 2015, he drives the organization to provide impactful and accessible guidance and funding to help Canadian businesses through good times and bad times.

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

The Honourable Mary Ng

Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

The Honourable Mary Ng was elected as Member of Parliament for Markham–Thornhill in April 2017. Minister Ng is a devoted community leader who has always believed in the power of public service. She has 20 years of experience in the areas of education, women’s leadership, job creation, and entrepreneurship. Minister Ng immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong with her family and grew up learning about the struggle and eventual success that many new immigrants experience in Canada. Her years working for the Ontario Public Service, Ryerson University, and the Ontario Ministry of Education led to her being recognized as one of Canada’s top-performing public sector leaders. She later served as Director of Appointments for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Other guests

Sami Hayek, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pitbull Energy Services

Sami Hayek
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pitbull Energy Services

Joanna Griffiths, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Knixwear

Joanna Griffiths
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Knixwear

Celebrating Small Business Week with Rural Action Centre @ The Cork & Barrel
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Visit us at The Cork & Barrel and enjoy a Complimentary Coffee!

CBDC West Prince Ventures Limited and Rural Action Centre Alberton will also visit local entrepreneurs to show support for our local business community as part of Small Business Week Celebrations!

Business Builder: How Entrepreneurs are Adapting @ Virtual Attendance or In-Person at The Delta Prince Edward - Limited seating available
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Business Builder: How Entrepreneurs are Adapting

The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce along with Work PEI and Skills PEI  are pleased to present three local business success stories of resiliency, courage and adaptation. Get tips on pivoting your operations in the face of Covid-19.

Meet our local entrepreneurs:


General Manager, Lobster on the Wharf

Jeremy is the General Manager of Lobster on the Wharf, MacKinnon’s Lobster Pound and The PEI Seafood Box. A resident of Downtown Charlottetown, he enjoys exploring all it has to offer with his wife Megan & dog Gertie. An avid golfer, lover of social media and enjoyer of local sour beers. Jeremy is a graduate of Holland College and can be found volunteering in his community with the Y’s Men’s Food Drive and sitting on various current and past boards and committees such as the PEI Marathon, the Gold Cup Parade, & the TD PEI Jazz and Blues Festival.

The PEI Seafood Box – Fresh PEI seafood delivered overnight, to your door, Canada wide. Starting in 2020 as an adaptation to COVID-19, the PEI Seafood Box was our way to deliver PEI to Canada while Canada couldn’t visit PEI. Expanding the existing services offered through MacKinnon’s Lobster Pound,  the PEI Seafood Box allowed us to move to an online sales platform increasing market access and keeping us going during this unprecedented time.


Co-Owner, North Shore Group

I am the co-owner of North Shore group, a family business comprised of wholesale lines and retail stores. We own and operate the Anne of Green Gables Museum, the Anne of Green Gables Stores, and design and produce a giftware and souvenir line.

We also operate JEMS Boutique, a clothing and accessory store and design and produce Go2 Clothing, which we sell in our boutique, and to several stores across Canada.

I am a mother of a 4 and 3 year old, and we, along with my partner Brendon live in Charlotte-town, PEI. I believe in confident style and owning and loving the body you have today. Go2 Clothing represents as many women as we can, empowering them to do what they are best at, in style.

We support many local causes through our business, including CMHA-PEI division, Sharing the Microphone, IMHM, Blooming House, Anderson House, and our local food bank.

I believe amazing customer service experiences and the uniqueness of our small business community will continue to push Charlottetown and PEI on the map as a premier global destination.


Chef Michael Smith
Restaurateur, Innkeeper, Author, Food Network Host, Sustainability Advocate, Nutritional Activist 

Chef Michael Smith, one of Canada’s best-known chefs, is a passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking and an inspiration for families creating their own healthy food lifestyle. He’s the host of numerous cooking shows seen on Food Network Canada and in more than 100 other countries.

Chef Michael and his wife Chastity are the proprietors of The Inn at Bay Fortune on Prince Edward Island.  They’ve re-launched the property where Michael gained international fame in the 1990s with a new spirit of five-star hospitality and an innovative dining experience, the FireWorks. In 2019 they debuted The Inn at Fortune Bridge.

Michael is a member of the Order of Canada, Prince Edward Island’s food ambassador, a bestselling cookbook author, innkeeper, educator, professional chef and home cook. His ten cookbooks have all been best sellers and he regularly travels the globe hosting special culinary events.

Michael is an avid map collector, long-time windsurfer, and novice kite sailor. While he is a true chef at large his favorite role is Dad, at home on Prince Edward Island with his wife Chastity and his children: Gabe, Ariella and Camille!

Oct 20 @ 10:00 am

ENTREPRENEURS’ AND CO-OPERATORS’ VIRTUAL MORNING CONFERENCE – All francophone entrepreneurs and co-operators are invited to participate free of charge in the Entrepreneurs’ and Co-operators’ Virtual Morning Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. to explore the theme “How entrepreneurs are adapting to the pandemic”. Keynote speaker will be Marie Christine Gingras, director of the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Business Centre for NB and PEI. During the session, there will also be a few announcements and draws for door prizes. All interested parties are asked to register no later than Friday, Oct. 16, by contacting Josée Ouellette at josee@rdeeipe.org or (902) 854-3439, ext. 228.

Succeeding in a new reality: Plan your way out of the COVID-19 crisis @ Virtual Event
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The COVID-19 confinement has completely changed consumer habits, leading to one of the worst economic crises in history. What does this mean for Canadian entrepreneurs?

To find out, BDC surveyed 1,000 business owners and 2,000 consumers in Canada to better understand:

  • How the crisis is changing Canadians’ habits
  • What the country’s entrepreneurs are doing to adapt

As part of BDC’s Small Business Week, join us for an interactive session with BDC’s Chief Economist, Pierre Cléroux. In addition to answering your questions live, he will provide a brief economic outlook and share key insights from BDC’s new study, The Response: How Entrepreneurs Are Adapting to the Pandemic.


Pierre Cléroux, BDC’s Vice President

Pierre Cléroux

BDC’s Vice President, Research and Chief Economist

Pierre Cléroux is BDC’s Vice President, Research and Chief Economist. An authority on economic trends and entrepreneurship, Pierre has dedicated most of his 25-year career to analyzing economic and business trends, and translating all this complexity into actionable strategies for business owners. At BDC, he leads a team that has authored more than 50 economic studies over the past 10 years on subjects and trends relevant for Canadian entrepreneurs.

RURAL ACTION CENTRE hosts a Business Writing Webinar @ Virtual Event
Oct 20 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Six Common Errors in Business Writing, Oct. 20

Does your writing convey your professionalism and boost your effectiveness? Join writing instructor and former journalist Lori Mayne for a ninety-minute webinar that will help you improve your writing skills by avoiding six common errors in business writing.

Topics will include “big-picture” strategies like writing to inform and not to impress, conveying a sharp message, using specific wording, creating concise text, choosing a logical structure, and selecting active language.

You will gain principles you can apply and resources you can use in your written work.

Love Local, PEI ALL-DAY Business Marathon @ Online #LoveLocalPEI
Oct 21 all day


Look for the Chamber online and in-person as they safely #LoveLocalPEI and turn the spotlight on member businesses in an all-day tour of the greater Charlottetown area.

Power the Economy 2020 @ Virtual Event
Oct 21 – Oct 23 all day

Power the Economy 2020

October 21, 2020 – October 23, 2020

WEConnect International is hosting its annual Power the Economy conference online. The agenda includes virtual networking, keynote speakers, business capability building workshops, industry panels and presentations. There will be plenty of opportunities for supplier-buyer connections with our exhibit hall, matchmaker, corporate roundtable activity. Attendees include corporations, government officials and partner organizations ready to support women-owned businesses and the growth of supplier diversity and inclusion in Canada and beyond.

WEConnect International is an alliance of companies committed to sourcing from women-owned businesses as a core component of supplier diversity and inclusion and innovation globally. We are the leading global certifier of businesses outside the U.S. that are owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. With a robust network of more than 10,000 women-owned businesses based in more than 120 countries and over 100 of the world’s largest corporations as members, WEConnect International helps women-owned businesses succeed in global value chains.

WEConnect International’s globally recognized certification and its global network have been critical tools for Canadian WBEs. Read success stories and testimonials: Metrix DeeBee’s Organics Britton Management Profile (BMP) Urban Poling Walker Law Piccola Cucina NEXUS Exhibits Greenlite M2C2 Communications

Learn about last year’s event:

Power the Economy 2019