Workforce Development // Building Community Connections - An introduction to the Black Business Initiative

Workforce Development // Community Connections - An Introduction to the Black Businesses Initiative

Date(s): February 24, 2022

Duration: 30 minutes

Format: Live Webinar

Time: 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Member Price: FREE

CANS is proud to partner with The Black Business Initiative (BBI) to offer this free informational session to our members.

About BBI: The Black Business Initiative is committed to growing a stronger Black presence in Nova Scotia’s business community. We act as a catalyst for job creation, equitable participation, and advancing the economic prosperity of Nova Scotia. In 1996, the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia founded the organization to address the unique needs confronting the Black business community in Nova Scotia. We are the longest serving Black business development initiative in Canada and are dedicated to supporting companies to start, grow, and compete in the mainstream business community.

This informational session will cover:

  • Services for Businesses
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consulting
  • Becoming an ally
  • Business is Jammin’ our Youth Charity initiative

Speaker: Matthew Martel, PMP, Chief Operating Officer, BBI

A Certified Project Manager who believes in a ‘people-first’ approach to business, Matthew James Martel is the Chief Operating Officer at the Black Business Initiative (BBI). He was born in Cape Breton, moving to Halifax to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Dalhousie University, followed by a Master’s degree in Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation from the Sobey School of Business. A serial entrepreneur, Matthew also has an extensive background in leadership, Human Resources, change management, and strategic planning.

Matthew sits on the Halifax International Airport Authority Board as well as the boards of several post secondary institutions.

With an aptitude for strategic thinking and solving complex problems, Matthew enjoys working with groups to troubleshoot challenging issues; he leverages these skills to support his team and organization. Matthew’s ability to observe and to understand the contributions of different facets of a company allows him to effectively work with individuals and teams to innovate organizational processes.


Cancellation Policy

-Cancellations must be received no later than 10 business days prior to the course date to be eligible for a 75% refund of registration fees.
-No refunds will be issued after this date.
-If you register for the course and do not attend, you are liable for the full registration fee unless you cancel according to the terms stated above.
-If you are unable to attend after registering you may send a substitute up to and including the day of the course. Please provide a name and email address for name tag and records.
-CANS reserves the right to cancel any course and will, in such an event, provide a full refund of registrations fees. Every effort will be made to give registrants a reasonable notice of cancellation.
-No liability is assumed by the organization for changes in course dates, content, speakers, or venue.