Creativity and innovation were on the minds of many this morning as they gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace at the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation in Sydney.  

Managed by Innovacorp, this collaborative space will provide Cape Breton start-ups, entrepreneurs, students and other creative minds with the space, equipment, materials and education to design and build innovative products.

Nova Scotia Power is contributing $250,000 to lnnovacorp to help facilitate the development, growth and operation of the space. Members of the community and media were given the opportunity to tour the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace this morning.

Karen Hutt, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power, said the company is proud to make investments in initiatives that inspire innovation and encourage opportunities for economic development.

“Creative solutions start with collaboration, and Cape Breton has always been home to the type of remarkable talent that we hope this space will attract,” Hutt said. “We envision this space bringing together creative thinking to drive innovation that will foster entrepreneurism and help build the economy.” 

A creator’s dream, the space includes a general work area, a tool library, a metal working shop, a selection of woodworking tools, an electronics/robotics lab, as well as 3D drawing and printing abilities.

Bob Pelley with Innovacorp says the space gives Nova Scotian start-ups another resource to succeed.

“Innovacorp and our partners realized a makerspace was a missing ingredient for Cape Breton’s growing start-up community,” said Pelley, Innovacorp’s regional manager for Cape Breton and Northern Nova Scotia. “We’re grateful for the support from Nova Scotia Power and ACOA to help us give our region’s diverse community of makers what they need for their next innovation.”

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Province of Nova Scotia have also provided funding support for the space.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency’s Business Development Program (BDP), provided a $300,000 non-repayable contribution to support the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace. The funding was used to purchase tools and equipment for use in the community workshop.

“Our government is keenly aware that collaboration is fundamental in the kind of innovations and technologies that can improve our daily lives and drive our economy in Cape Breton forward,” said the Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney – Victoria, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for ACOA. “The Nova Scotia Power Makerspace is another key step in the region’s continued entrepreneurial evolution, creating more opportunities to do business and succeed in the global economy.”

Anyone interested in using the Nova Scotia Power Makerspace is encouraged to contact Innovacorp for more information.

About Nova Scotia Power
Nova Scotia Power Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. (TSX-EMA), a diversified energy and services company. Nova Scotia Power provides 95% of the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power to 507,000 customers in the province. The company is focused on new technologies to enhance customer service and reliability, reduce emissions and add renewable energy. Nova Scotia Power has 1,700 employees and $4.6 billion in assets. Learn more at www.nspower.ca.

For more information, please contact:
Tiffany Chase
Senior Communications Advisor
Nova Scotia Power
902.233.6015
tiffany.chase@nspower.ca

Alex Smith
Director of Communications & Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902.426.9417 | 902.830.3939
alex.smith@canada.ca