Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network CEO Transition

REN announcement

Photo: Left: Ryan Fraser, Chair of the PCREN Board; Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, Outgoing CEO, PCREN; and Wayne Murray, Chair, Liaison Oversight Committee plan for the PCREN’s upcoming AGM on July 30th.
The Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (PCREN) is announcing that Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, CEO for the PCREN will be departing at the end of July for an exciting new opportunity with The Shapiro Foundation.
“In a short period of time under Sarah’s leadership the PCREN has made incredible progress in our community,” said Wayne Murray Chair, Liaison Oversight Committee, and deputy Warden for the Municipality of Pictou County. “Under her leadership, the PCREN has hired a core staff team; secured additional government funding; finalized and put into action its strategic plan; developed essential partnerships for the organization; and built supports for local businesses. Sarah has brought the organization to a place that it can continue to thrive and make impact in Pictou County, and we’re excited for her personally, our community, and the PCREN.”
“I am proud of the successes that our team has achieved over the past two years, which was only possible because of the unwavering support we experienced from our municipal and PLFN stakeholders, our community partners, the Province, our dedicated volunteer Board of Directors, and the business community”, said Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, outgoing CEO, PCREN. “I am excited that our AGM this summer will serve as a public launch of many of the activities that are underway at the PCREN. The time feels right to transition to new leadership for the REN’s next chapter.”
The PCREN’s AGM, planned for July 30th, will include a summary of the PCREN’s activities in Pictou County’s business community, as well as the unveiling of a new branding initiative for the Pictou County region.
“Although we will miss her as part of the PCREN team, we were excited to learn that Sarah will be working with The Shapiro Foundation to support national and international expansion of a workforce development project that was first piloted here locally,” said Ryan Fraser, Board Chair, PCREN. “This is fantastic news for Pictou County, and shows the value and importance of the work being done here through our PCREN.”
The PCREN board has begun the search for the next CEO, and the PCREN team will continue to advance the work of the PCREN strategic priorities while providing ongoing support to local businesses. Businesses and community partners are invited to reach out to the PCREN at: office@pcren.ca.
The Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (PCREN) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with driving economic development in Pictou County. The PCREN is one of seven Regional Enterprise Networks (RENs) in Nova Scotia which are funded both provincially and municipally. Through a partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, the six municipal units in Pictou County and Pictou Landing First Nation, the PCREN initiates, leads and contributes to sustainable economic growth in Pictou County by fostering a culture of collaboration, navigating organizations to the resources they need, and engaging in meaningful economic development projects. The PCREN focuses its work in five strategic priorities: Business Retention and Expansion (BRE), Workforce Development, Business Navigation and Connections, Economic Innovation and Regional Branding and Business Attraction. With a focus on these priorities the PCREN works towards creating an engaged community where people, organizations, and community partners work collaboratively to drive a thriving and sustainable local economy.
Photo: Left: Ryan Fraser, Chair of the PCREN Board; Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, Outgoing CEO, PCREN; and Wayne Murray, Chair, Liaison Oversight Committee plan for the PCREN’s upcoming AGM on July 30th.