About ESREN.

Our Mission

The Eastern-Strait Regional Enterprise Network has been created by the Towns of Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury and the Municipalities of Antigonish, Guysborough and St. Mary’s, as well as the Province of Nova Scotia.

We work with partners to provide regional economic development leadership in the Eastern Strait Region of NS. Our approach is strategic and driven by business.


ESREN is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of leaders in the business community, who provide strategic leadership to the organization. The executive committee of the ESREN Board of Directors consists of a Chair, Vice-chair, and finance committee.

The Board reports to the Liaison Oversight Committee who represent our stakeholders and partners and ensure that we are exercising fiscal prudence and transparency.

Our Staff

John Beaton
Chief Executive Officer


  • 902-863-5711
  • jbeaton@esren.ca

293 Main Street Antigonish, NS Canada B2G 2C3

Lynne DeLorey
Executive Assistant


  • 902-867-3817 (O) 902-971-0419 (C)
  • ldelorey@esren.ca

293 Main Street Antigonish, NS Canada B2G 2C3

Misty MacDonald
Economic Development Officer


  • 902-623-2780
  • mmacdonald@esren.ca

609 Church Street, Suite 101 Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2X4 Canada

Maria Ludlow
Economic Development Officer


  • 902-968-0297
  • mludlow@esren.ca

46 Main Street Guysborough, NS B0H 1N0

Board of directors

  • Andrew Beckett
  • Carole Gartside
  • Jeff George
    Chair, Finance Committee
  • Tanya Felix
    Board Member
  • Carmel Avery-MacDonald
    Board Member
  • JP Boudreau
    Owner, eLantic IT Consulting

Liaison Oversight Committee

The Liaison and Oversight Committee is composed of municipal and provincial representatives. The committee is responsible for financial oversight and appointing an Audit Committee, approving the regional economic development strategy, evaluating the REN’s overall performance, appointing the Board of Directors, and planning for Board succession.

The Liaison and Oversight Committee strengthens the Board’s accountability to funders and ensures that the Board of Directors delivers on its strategy.