Nova Scotia Companies Recognized for Export Success

May 14, 2013

EAA2013-logoVelsoft Training Materials from New Glasgow took home the award for Exporter of the Year at the 29th annual Export Achievement Awards, which were held today in Halifax. 

"Finally I think there is something immense behind the fact that we have proven, without a doubt, that you can live right here in Nova Scotia and work anywhere in the world," said Jim Fitt, founder and CEO of Velsoft Training Materials Inc.

Since its inception in 1998, Velsoft's training materials and technology have been used by more than 10,000 companies in 162 countries. With more than 99 per cent of annual sales outside the province, and 45 per cent of annual revenue from exports outside of North America, Velsoft has built a diverse portfolio. Its customers include Microsoft, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, Pfizer, United Nations, Dell Computers, Lockheed Martin, Hilton International and the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America.

The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards celebrate and recognize excellence in the province's export community.

"One of the ways we can grow our economy and help Nova Scotia prosper is to encourage local companies to export and compete outside our borders," said Graham Steele, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. "Each of this year's award recipients is contributing to Nova Scotia's success by exporting their products to markets around the world, and I congratulate them on this important achievement."

Eight other Nova Scotia companies were also honoured:

  • Larch Wood Canada, Margaree
  • Marcato Digital Solutions, Sydney
  • Phoenix Agritech (Canada) Ltd., Truro
  • Terra Beata Cranberry Farm, Lunenburg
  • Cotter's Ocean Products Inc., Lockeport
  • Van Meekeren Farms, Kentville
  • Novatec Braids Ltd., Yarmouth
  • CGI Information and Managements Systems, Halifax

This year's keynote speaker was Richard Riley, Consul General at the U.S. Mr. Riley spoke about progress on the Beyond the Border Agreement and what that means for exporters and business travellers in Nova Scotia.

The Export Achievement Awards are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

For more information on the awards, visit