Tribe Network and Emera Launch the IDEA Fellowship

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Tribe Network and Emera Inc. launched the Tribe IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access) Fellowship presented by Emera. The IDEA Fellowship will create opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) in Atlantic Canada to pursue entrepreneurship and innovation.

“Corporate and government decision-making in Nova Scotia needs impactful ideas that reflect our most historic and marginalized communities so we can move forward as a more equitable Province,” says Alfred Burgesson, CEO & Founder of Tribe Network. “That’s why, in partnership with Emera, we’re committed to helping to create opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour to influence entrepreneurship and innovation in a way that reflects the needs of our community as a whole.”

Emera is investing $375,000 from its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund to establish the Fellowship. The program will provide participants with access to peer networks, mentors and industry experts, as well as financial support to pursue their community-based efforts.

“This partnership builds on Emera’s long history of driving innovation and entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada to build strong communities,” says Scott Balfour, President and CEO, Emera Inc. “By helping to provide resources and support that have historically been lacking for BIPOC entrepreneurs and community leaders, together we can shape a region that is more diverse, equitable and inclusive.”

The theme for the first cohort of participants in 2022 is Inclusive Policy, Research and Advocacy, with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation in Nova Scotia.


Individuals interested in participating in the Tribe IDEA Fellowship presented by Emera are now invited to submit this application form. Applications will be accepted until December 30th.

To be eligible for the first cohort starting in 2022, applicants must be based in Nova Scotia and identify as at least one of the following:

  • Black, African Nova Scotian or African Canadian
  • Indigenous / Mi’kmaq
  • Person of Colour or racialized person
  • Newcomer or international graduate

Tribe Network staff will follow-up with applicants in the first week of January regarding application status.

About Tribe Network

Tribe Network is a social enterprise supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Colour pursuing entrepreneurship and innovation — we provide BIPOC folks with access to the relevant networks, resources and opportunities to succeed as entrepreneurs and innovators.

Tribe Network partners with community organizations, governments, educators, researchers and organizations who share the vision of applying innovative solutions to the task of improving the quality of life of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.

Our goal is to support BIPOC access to employment, education, training and a network that provides them with the knowledge, skills, and agency they need to thrive in an ever-changing world. Learn more at

About Emera Inc.

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with approximately $31 billion in assets and 2020 revenues of more than $5.5 billion. The company primarily invests in regulated electricity generation and electricity and gas transmission and distribution with a strategic focus on transformation from high carbon to low carbon energy sources. Emera has investments in Canada, the United States and in four Caribbean countries. Emera’s common and preferred shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade respectively under the symbol EMA, EMA.PR.A, EMA.PR.B, EMA.PR.C, EMA.PR.E, EMA.PR.F, EMA.PR.H, EMA.PR.J and EMA.PR.L. Depositary receipts representing common shares of Emera are listed on the Barbados Stock Exchange under the symbol EMABDR and on The Bahamas International Securities Exchange under the symbol EMAB. Additional information can be accessed at or at

Emera Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund

Emera and its operating companies launched the Emera Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Fund in February 2021 and are collectively investing a minimum of $5 million over five years to support organizations and initiatives advancing inclusion and diversity in our communities. To learn more, visit


Media Inquiries
Margaret Schwartz

Communications & Community Navigator, Tribe Network
902 579 5701

Emma Cochrane

Manager, Corporate Communications, Emera Inc.
902 943 0537