Lori Burke

Lori Burke is Executive Director at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, a non-profit charitable organization who aims to grow the craft sector on Cape Breton Island and promote excellence in the field of craft and design through education, training, exhibitions and special events. Lori is an instrumental leader who plays a vital role in the community through culture, leadership and innovation.

Under Lori’s leadership, the Centre was awarded a Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s Crystal Award of Excellence in 2014 – the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award – for the Visit the Craft Capital campaign. In 2015, the Centre was awarded Destination Cape Breton Association’s Small Business of the Year award. In 2016, Lori received Cape Breton Partnership’s Vital Cape Breton Excellence award.

Lori has a passion for community economic development, volunteering her time for the betterment of Cape Breton Island. She sits on boards including Craft Alliance ~ Métiers d’art and Celtic Heart of North America, as well as various committees relating to cultural development.

Lori holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University, a Master of Arts degree from Waterloo University and a Master of Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Lori is also a professionally certified chartered marketer through the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK.

NEWS

Arts District Design Competition Launches

Architectural teams from around the globe are invited to participate in a design competition for a new provincial art gallery. The kickoff of an international design competition represents a big step toward a new art gallery for all Nova Scotians,…

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Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

As we move into the holiday season, we wanted to provide an update on where we are in our progress.  We know people are anxiously awaiting substantive information and we will soon be able to share project announcements. We now…

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New Era for Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa

New private owners are planning significant upgrades to the Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa to create a year-round tourism destination. Besim Halef, Glenn Squires, both from Halifax and Bear River First Nation in Digby County have purchased the tourism…

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Rural Placemaking Pitch Competition

Our finalists brought their A-game to our Rural Placemaking Pitch Competition. The three projects presented were Fibre Alley in Amherst, The Public Backyard Project in Bridgewater, and Open-Air Front Porch in West Hants. The creativity and community spirit demonstrated by all…

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Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative - September/October 2019

Over the past couple of months, we’ve been out on the road hosting drop-in community events to talk about the Internet projects being completed through the previously announced federal Connect to Innovate (CTI) program. During these events, we’ve also had…

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Shelburne Harbour Investments

Great community turnout September 6, 2019 for an investment in Shelburne Harbour. The more than $650,000 through ACOA and Develop Nova Scotia will support improvements at its marine terminal to position Shelburne and area as a choice destination for cruise…

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Renovations at Fisherman’s Cove to Boost Tourism

Local economy to benefit from a new dock and boardwalk that will create additional tourism experiences Investing in community infrastructure is essential to create jobs, increase tourism and contribute to quality of life in rural areas across Nova Scotia. To…

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Talent Strategies in Support of Expanded Mandate

Develop Nova Scotia celebrates new strategic direction and reflects on their collaborative recruitment process.

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Georges Island Investments

Investments announced for Georges Island for over $2.07 million in joint funding between the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia for the construction of a new, accessible wharf with floating docks.

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Lunenburg's Working Waterfront Video

A look at Lunenburg’s working waterfront and those who call it home.  

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