Export Achievement Awards Announces Guest Speaker

Apr 3, 2007

Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to hear from one of Canada's top neurosurgeons and innovators at the 2007 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards.

Dr. Ivar Mendez will be the guest speaker at the annual awards gala on Thursday, May 10 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.

Dr. Mendez is one of the founders and chairman of the Brain Repair Centre in Halifax, as well as a professor in the surgery (neurosurgery), and anatomy and neurobiology departments at Dalhousie University. He is also the director of research with the surgery department and the director of the only cell restoration laboratory in Canada.

The awards, presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, are designed to honour exporters' growth, innovation, partnerships and business volume, and to recognize contributions exporters make to the economy.

"The success of the Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards over the past 23 years is a testament to the collective strength of Nova Scotia's exporters," said Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "Canada's government is committed to the growth of Nova Scotia's export industry."

Dr. Mendez will share his career experience as one of Canada's leading innovators in science. As part of his address, he will offer insight into brain repair as a technology of the future.

"We are honoured to have Dr. Ivar Mendez as our guest speaker for this year's Export Achievement Awards," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. "Dr. Mendez has a world-class reputation as an exporter of knowledge by using his skills internationally to continue breaking new ground in science."

"The Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is pleased to partner with NSBI in recognizing the excellence of Nova Scotia's exporters," said Ann Janega, vice-president of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Nova Scotia. "Our Nova Scotian manufacturers are applying innovative techniques to compete in the world-wide knowledge economy. Dr. Mendez will offer a unique perspective on Nova Scotia's export industry."

For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets, visit www.exportachievementawards.com.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) is Nova Scotia's private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory, export development and financial services.

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