The long-awaited Valley Regional Enterprise Network (REN) will focus on economic growth and stability, collaborative partnerships and labour/investment readiness, says the new chairman of the board of directors.
“There are many pieces to the puzzle, each being key to our success,” says chairman Peter Muttart. “Many of those pieces are currently lacking, so we are concentrating on filling in those gaps as we move forward. On the other hand, we are not looking to reinvent the wheel; but will ensure that the important work done in the past as well as other relevant resources that exist are utilized.”
Muttart says he’s encouraged with the initial strategic work the board of directors has undertaken over the past few months. The Annapolis Valley REN was the first established in the province to replace the now-defunct regional development authority.
“As a board, we take our mandate very seriously and are committed to focusing the REN’s work on things that will truly impact the economic landscape of the Valley and the province,” Muttart said.
The first priority includes recruiting a chief executive officer. Nova Scotia firm VENOR has been retained to assist in the search.
“We are confident that VENOR understands the skill set and characteristics that we require in a CEO,” Muttart said. “The board has mandated the search firm to meet with a lengthy list of community stakeholders identified by the board so as to further identify the success factors we are seeking in a CEO. This person must be competent and seriously committed to the task.”
The Annapolis Valley REN covers the County of Kings, the District of West Hants, Wolfville, Kentville, Windsor, Berwick, Middleton, Bridgetown, Hantsport and the Glooscap First Nation.
There are currently six other directors on the board, including Sir Graham Day, Joseph Lord, Jason Peters, Susan Hayes, Dr. Bob Maher and Perry Wallace.