Brian Tobin to speak at Export Achievement Awards

Apr 18, 2002

HALIFAX (April 18, 2002) — Former federal industry minister Brian Tobin, whose passion for the country has earned him the nickname “Captain Canada,” has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year’s Export Achievement Awards.

The ceremony, to be hosted next month in Halifax by Nova Scotia Business Inc. in partnership with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, honours Nova Scotia companies that have excelled in doing business abroad.

“Mr. Tobin has been a fierce and vocal supporter of Atlantic Canadian business,” said Stephen Lund, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., the province’s new business development organization. “We look forward to hearing his views on Nova Scotia’s current performance in domestic and global markets, and how Nova Scotian businesses can improve their competitive position.”

Tobin’s political career spanned more than 20 years, beginning at age 25 with his first election as MP for Humber-Port au Port-St. Barbe, Nfld. He became premier of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1996 before returning to federal politics as federal minister of industry in 2000, eventually resigning in January 2002. Tobin earned the nickname “Captain Canada” for his efforts in promoting national unity prior to the 1995 Quebec referendum, and for remaining steadfast in his  opposition to Spain during the so-called turbot fishing war.

The Export Achievement Awards are presented annually to Nova Scotia companies, large and small, that have made valuable contributions to the provincial economy through exports of their goods and services. Last year, Nova Scotia exports were valued at more than $5 billion, an increase of 15 per cent over the previous year.

“As impressive as those numbers are, Nova Scotia needs to improve in this area if we’re to compete successfully in the global economy,” said Mr. Lund. “A key focus for Nova Scotia Business Inc. is to help companies identify export opportunities and develop markets abroad. The Export Achievement Awards are part of this larger effort – they allow us to recognize those companies that are succeeding and profile them as role models for other exporters or potential exporters.”

The 18th annual edition of these awards will be held May 23, 2002, at the World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, please contact Kelly Carter at 902.424.5448, or e-mail .      
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is a private sector-led Crown corporation that works to expand business activity in the province. It attracts new enterprises to the province by promoting our business advantages and helps existing businesses grow through export development and financing.