Pamela Wallin to help Nova Scotia celebrate

Apr 6, 2004

HALIFAX (April 6, 2004) — Pamela Wallin, Canada’s Consul General to New York City, will offer insight into the current state of Canada-United States trade relations as the keynote speaker for the 20th annual Export Achievement Awards.  The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.

“We are looking forward to hearing Ms. Wallin’s perspective on both the opportunities and challenges we face in our trade relations with the United States,” said Stephen Lund, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “In her position as Canada’s Consul-General to New York City, Ms. Wallin has insight and influence that can benefit Nova Scotia exporters, and we’re thrilled that she’s agreed to join us for this important event.”

The Awards, presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., in association with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (Nova Scotia Division), will honour outstanding contributions made by Nova Scotia exporters to the provincial economy during 2003.

"CME is very pleased to welcome Ms. Wallin as the keynote speaker at the 2004 Export Achievement Awards, especially since this is the 20th anniversary of the event," said Dick Smyth, Vice-President, Nova Scotia Division of CME.

Pamela Wallin’s career has spanned more than twenty-five years and several continents. With an honours degree from the University of Regina in psychology and political science, she has been a social worker at the Prince Albert Penitentiary in Saskatchewan, co-host of CTV’s Canada AM with Norm Perry, and became the first woman in Canadian network television history to be appointed Ottawa Bureau Chief.

The Saskatchewan-born journalist has conducted annual year-end interviews with prime ministers Trudeau, Mulroney, Chrétien, Turner, Clark and Campbell, and has covered everything from politics to wars, to world economic summits. Ms. Wallin also regularly anchored the weekend edition of CTV National News , and even hosted the special Canadian Edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. She has been president of her own independent production company – Pamela Wallin Productions Inc. – and was appointed Canada's Consul General to New York City in June 2002.

This year’s Export Achievement Awards ceremony marks two decades that Nova Scotia companies will be recognized for their skill and dedication through outstanding exporting achievements. Winners of this year’s awards will be featured in promotional brochures, ads and videos and on several websites. They will also receive an award logo for use on their letterhead and a unique handcrafted award to display. Past winners have included The Surrette Battery Company of Springhill (1998 and 2002), Shaw Wood Industries of Cornwallis (2001), and Covey Island Boatworks of Petite Riviere (2003).

Tickets for the Export Achievement Awards are now on sale and can be purchased by calling 902-422-4477, e-mailing cme-mec.ca, or visiting www.novascotiabusiness.com.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s business development agency, an organization that works with companies to provide business solutions. The private sector-led agency works to attract new businesses to the province and help those already in Nova Scotia expand through services such as export development and financing.