Members of Nova Scotia’s business community have just returned from an international trade mission in Louisiana with promising leads for new business. The mission was organized by Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) with support from the provincial government’s Office of Acadian Affairs. CDÉNÉ is an organization focused on economic development within the Acadian and francophone community of Nova Scotia. “We’ve made a number of excellent contacts that we’ll be following in the coming weeks and months,” said trade show participant Edgar Samson of Premium Seafoods Limited. “We can see potential for generating new business in the southern U.S. states and beyond as a result of this trip.” The trade mission, Expo-Acadie, brought together more than 80 participants. Twenty-three of those participants were from the Atlantic provinces, about one-third of whom were from Nova Scotia. The businesses represented the construction and environment, agri-foods, arts and crafts, and information technology industries. “The province of Nova Scotia has been hosting cultural exchanges and trade missions with Louisiana for the past 20 years because of their deep cultural and historic ties,” said Acadian Affairs CEO Vaughne Madden, who was in Louisiana for the show. While in Louisiana, Ms. Madden met with officials to offer Nova Scotia’s continued support in the state’s post-hurricane rebuilding efforts. This year’s expo was held at the same time as the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, where an Acadian pavilion helped bring extra exposure to some of the Nova Scotia companies that chose to exhibit. About 300,000 people participated in the annual festival. “We are looking forward to continuing to help foster the relations between the Acadie of the north and the Cajuns of the south,” said CDÉNÉ’s executive director, Julie Oliver. Plans are already underway for the 3rd Expo Acadie, which will be held in Nova Scotia in 2008.