Acadian Seaplants of Cornwallis, Annapolis Co. took home the award for Exporter of the Year at the 31st annual Export Achievement Awards, held today, May 21, in Halifax.
“Congratulations to Acadian Seaplants for being named the 2015 Exporter of Year, and to all of the companies recognized today,” said Business Minister Mark Furey.
“Export success like we are seeing exemplified by these companies will help us reach the goal set out by the OneNS Commission to increase the value of our exports by 50 per cent, creating more jobs and a more prosperous future for our province.”
Acadian Seaplants and eight other Nova Scotia companies, recognized in their communities by regional chambers of commerce, received honours at the ceremony. They were:
— Big 8 Beverages, Stellarton
— Premium Seafoods Group, Arichat, Richmond Co.
— Sara Bonnyman Pottery, Tatamagouche
— Advanced Glazings Ltd., Sydney
— Randsland Farms Inc., Canning, Kings Co.
— Wedgeport Lobsters, Yarmouth
— Blue Ocean, Halifax
— Van Dyk’s, Caledonia, Queens Co.
“Congratulations to Acadian Seaplants and all the nominees. Exporting is about relationships and understanding best practices, that’s why events such as the Export Achievement Awards are important,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s mandate includes working with export companies and being focused on generating a return on taxpayer investment because every $1 million of exports can create between five and 15 new jobs.”
The event took place at the World Trade and Convention Centre and included information sessions for participants throughout the day. A technical briefing on Canada-U.S. cross-border business affairs for seasoned exporters was presented in the morning by Birgit Matthiesen, and an afternoon session on Going Global for first-time exporters was put on by Nova Scotia Business Inc.
The Export Achievement Awards are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., and a number of other sponsors. For more information about the awards, visit www.exportachievementawards.com .