HALIFAX - From blueberries and beer to pies and paper, Nova Scotia products and services were centre stage Thursday night at the 19th annual Export Achievement Awards in Halifax. A milk producer, a boat builder and a market research firm were also honoured with awards and recognized for their success in marketing their products or services outside of the province.
The winning companies have not only demonstrated they can excel in the domestic market, they've also proven that they can provide their product or service to markets in the far reaches of the globe, said Premier John Hamm, who opened the awards with a welcome from the Province. These companies deserve to be recognized for their achievements, and the Province congratulates them for their innovation, drive and success.
More than 400 people attended this year's Export Achievement Awards, which were hosted by Nova Scotia Business Inc., in association with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (Nova Scotia Division). The awards acknowledged outstanding performance by Nova Scotia companies that made their mark in the global economy in 2002.
The seven award winners, with total export sales reaching an impressive $119 million last year, were significant contributors to our province's trade surplus of $320 million and our overall economic growth, said Stephen Lund, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. Their enterprising, risk-taking spirit should inspire other Nova Scotian companies to look at what makes them successful here at home, and market that outside our borders.
Dick Smyth, Vice-President of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, said this year's winners demonstrate a can-do attitude which is growing Nova Scotia's export economy. All you have to do is look at the winners and look at what they contributed to our economy last year to understand why they were chosen as this year's winners, said Mr. Smith. They are aggressive and have a solid plan that will continue their success in the years to come.
The keynote speaker at this year's awards was Michael Donovan, recent winner of an Academy Award for co-producing the critically acclaimed Bowling for Columbine and Executive Producer of Salter Street Films. Guests included Natural Resources Minister Tim Olive, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Cecil Clarke.
The winning companies and their awards are:
- KLJ Field Services Inc. of Kentville - The New Exporter Award
- Maritime Paper Products of Halifax - Export Growth in New Markets
- Covey Island Boatworks of Petite Riviere - Export Growth through Product Development
- Apple Valley Foods of Kentville - Export Growth through Partnership Award
- Farmers Dairy of Hammonds Plains - Export Growth in Sales Award
- Oland Brewery of Halifax - Canadian Market Development Award
- Oxford Frozen Foods Limited of Oxford - Long Term Export Award, Exporter of the Year.
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.