Advantage Conference

Friday, February 25, 2022

Why you should join us

Hosted by the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Advantage is a full day of inspiration and empowerment for women, by women working in or for businesses on Cape Breton Island.



Meet and engage with women in leadership roles and entrepreneurship.

Great Speakers

Great Speakers

Listen to and engage with informative speakers throughout the day.

New Ideas

New Ideas

Leave Advantage feeling inspired and full of fresh ideas.

Have Fun

Have Fun

Most importantly, we hope you have fun!

Last Year's Speakers

Barb Stegemann (Keynote Speaker)

CEO & Founder, The 7 Virtues / Social Entrepreneur
President & Chief Executive Officer, Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Laurel Broten - Moderator

Laurel Broten is the President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), the agency responsible for investment attraction and export development for the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the first female to hold this position in the history of the organization. Since taking the helm in 2015, Laurel has led the agency’s transformation, attracting over 90 investments, increasing average export sales and the number of exporters, approving over 250 film funding commitments, and working with 160 businesses of diversity.

Laurel is a seasoned public policy expert, former senior Ontario Cabinet Minister, lawyer, legislator, and advocate. She currently serves on the boards of the International Women’s Forum - Atlantic, Prince's Trust Canada, the Prosperity Project, the Public Policy Forum of Canada, and Roots of Empathy; and she is a part-time instructor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, focused on law and public policy.

Laurel has been the recipient of several awards, including Atlantic Business Magazine's Top 50 CEOs; Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 - CIBC Trailblazers and Trendsetters; the Women in Communication and Technology Gamechanger Award; and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She and her husband live in Halifax, Nova Scotia with their twin teenaged sons.

Amanda MacDougall

Mayor, Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Courtney Shriver-Richard

General Manager, Business Operations, Cape Breton Eagles Hockey Club

Harman Singh

Chief Executive Officer, Breton Ability Centre

Kelsea MacNeil

Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations, Membertou Corporate

Michelle Milburn

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Glazings Ltd.

Michelle Aucoin

Executive Director & President, LearnAbility Cape Breton

Alisha Barron

Owner, Fired Creations

Alison Giovannetti

Founder, DaytoDay Finance

Danielle Boutilier

Superintendent of Officer Cadets, Canadian Coast Guard College

Laura MacPhail

Owner, Infinite Fitness

What to expect

Throughout the day, we cover topics, encourage discussion and perform engaging ‘workshop’ style activities to get you engaged, thinking and feeling empowered. We know that there is an important shift that is happening with women in the world of business and entrepreneurship, and we believe that this day long conference is an important format to cover important, relevant topics that empower, support, and encourage our business community of women to understand their advantage and use that knowledge as power!

Full day of programming
Presentations from inspiring business leaders
Networking Opportunities
New connections and strengthening old ones
Option for Advantage conference swag box

Event sponsors