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April 2021 Local Mi’kmaw Community Signs Mutual Benefits Agreement for Construction, Engineering Opportunities

Media Release

April 9, 2021

Agreement with Inline Group Inc. Promotes Collaboration and Capacity-Building at Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and Bayside Development Corporation

Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, NS – Bayside Development Corporation and Inline Group Inc. have signed a five-year agreement to work together on future economic development opportunities. The agreement will see both organizations explore potential partnerships that would provide employment and business opportunities.

“We are very excited to have partnered with Paqtnkek First Nation through Bayside Development Corporation,” said Adam Temple, President of Inline Group Inc. “We look forward to creating lasting employment for people throughout the nation and positively contributing to Paqtnkek’s economic ventures. This is more than a partnership for us, as one of our co-founders is from Antigonish – it is more of a homecoming.”

Rose Paul, CEO of Bayside Development Corporation, says the agreement bolsters business development planning already underway for options in phase two of development on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway (#104), home to the Bayside Travel Centre.

“We’re laying the foundation by teaming up with a leader in geotechnical engineering and surveying. Definitely a win-win scenario, especially with the prospect of the huge Pieridae LNG project on the eastern shore,” added Ms. Paul.

“I’m excited to see this relationship develop,” added Tma Francis, interim chief of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation. “This could open new doors for our Paqtnkek community members, especially for those who want to pursue the kind of work to help make their dreams come true.”

The agreement is general in scope and could see joint bids on projects that would benefit each organization.

Inline Group Inc.

Inline Group is a geotechnical engineering, materials testing and survey firm with offices and operations across Canada. Since 2012, it has executed to the highest standards on the largest industrial and infrastructure projects across the country. This includes LNGC in the Kitimat region, where it established itself as the professional services firm of choice for LNG-related developments. The company brings the best of both worlds to its clients – the competitiveness and flexibility of a smaller firm, and the processes, credentials, and experience of a larger firm.

Bayside Development Corporation

Bayside Development Corporation is the business arm of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, a progressive Indigenous community located 23 kilometres east of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The corporation was created in 2018 to develop and manage the new $13 million Bayside Travel Centre at Exit 36-B on the TransCanada Highway. The centre is the first phase of future developments on Band-owned land that will enhance the economic, social and cultural future of future generations.

Media contacts:

Adam Temple (Inline)
(780) 307-3319

Richard Perry (Bayside)
(902) 318-7272