Seven Nova Scotia companies won honours at the 23rd Annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards.
The winning companies had combined export sales that contributed more than $314 million to Nova Scotia's economy.
"I am pleased to congratulate this year's Nova Scotia Export Achievement Award winners," said Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt. "By offering globally competitive products and services, these companies are successful and they are making a difference in our economy."
The winning companies and their awards are:
-- New Exporter, Laurentian Steel Fabricators
-- Long-Term Exporter, Neenah Paper Company
-- Export Growth Through New Markets, Neocon International
-- Export Growth Through Product Development, Focal Technologies Corporation
-- Export Growth Through Partnership, AG Research Inc.
-- Export Growth Through Sales, Secunda International
-- Canadian Market Development, Bulldog Interactive Fitness
Secunda International also took home the award for Exporter of the Year.
"These companies prove that Nova Scotia businesses are truly global competitors," said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. "They represent some of Nova Scotia's finest in the export industry and continue to put our province on the map as one of the best places to live and do business."
In addition to the awards, this year's keynote speaker was Dr. Ivar Mendez, who spoke about his insight into brain repair as a technology of the future.
Dr. Mendez is chairman and one of the founders of the Brain Repair Centre in Halifax, as well as a professor in the surgery (neurosurgery), and the 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.