Nova Scotia is celebrating excellence in exporting at the 30th annual Export Achievement Awards, Thursday, May 29, in Halifax.
The awards highlight nine companies that are leading by example.
One will receive Exporter of the Year.
This year’s nominees have already been recognized in their communities by regional chambers of commerce.
“Congratulations to all the companies for their excellence in exporting,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Government understands the importance exporting has to our province. Exporting drives growth in revenues for businesses and increases competitiveness both domestically and internationally.”
According to Export Development Canada’s Global Export Forecast, an improving U.S. economy and a lower Canadian dollar will help spur Nova Scotia’s exports ahead by eight per cent in 2014, and an additional three per cent in 2015.
“Exports are a major engine of economic growth and critical to Canada’s long-term prosperity. Nova Scotia’s exporters are fuelling that growth through the accomplishments being celebrated at the 2014 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards,” said Rob Moore, Minister of State, (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency).
“The government shares that commitment and has made opening new markets a priority through initiatives such as the Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, so that our leading exporters can continue to grow and fuel our region’s prosperity for many years to come.”
This year’s Exporter of the Year will join a group of past winners which include Velsoft in 2013, Clearwater in 2012 and in 2011, TeamSpace.
The 2014 regional award recipients are:
— Scothorn Farms Ltd., Hardwood Lands, Hants Co.
— OTS Ltd., Sydney
— Dalton Industries, Truro
— RPS Composites Inc., Lunenburg
— Ocean Leader Fisheries, Lower Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co.
— Nova-Agri, Canning, Kings Co.
— Guys Frenchys, Digby
— Stright-MacKay, New Glasgow
— Clearwater Seafoods, Halifax
The keynote speaker is James Surrette, president of Surrette Battery in Springhill. It is Canada’s only independent battery manufacturer and one of the industry leaders in North America. The worldwide demand for renewable energy makes their eco-friendly batteries more viable than ever for trade in international markets.
“Nova Scotia businesses are gaining momentum in the global market. Since 2007, NSBI has worked with close to 600 businesses through trade missions, programs and services,” said Ron Smith, interim CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We are proud of the great businesses across this province and are excited to highlight their success.”
The awards ceremony is presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and will be at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets, visit www.exportachievementawards.com .