Nova Scotia exporters span globe – and beyond

May 23, 2002

HALIFAX (May 23, 2002) —From ocean depths to outer space, Nova Scotia companies are finding their product niche in places far afield.

Winners of this year’s Export Achievement Awards, presented Thursday night in Halifax, have shown a knack for expanding their sights beyond the traditional, and today their products can as readily be found in the North Atlantic or in orbit as in your neighbour’s backyard.

“The product diversity of the winners shows that Nova Scotian companies have much to offer to international markets,” said Stephen Lund, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., which hosted the event in partnership with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. “Boosting our exports is one important way for us to grow our economy, and our award-winning companies can serve as role models for other Nova Scotia exporters or potential exporters.”

The 18th annual Export Achievement Awards recognized outstanding performance by Nova Scotia companies that have made their mark in the global economy in 2001. The winning companies and their awards are:

  • St. Margaret’s Bay Hammocks of Boutiliers Point - New Exporter of the Year
  • EADS Composites Atlantic Ltd. of Lunenburg - Outstanding Exporter Performance
  • Focal Technologies Corp. of Dartmouth - Export Growth in New Markets
  • Fabco Industries Ltd. of Dartmouth - Export Growth in New Products
  • Garvin-Allen Solutions Ltd. of Halifax - Export Growth Through Partnership
  • Surrette Battery Co. Ltd. of Springhill - Long-Term Exporter
  • Eco-Nova Productions of Halifax - Export Growth, Overall Increase in Sales
  • Pictorius Inc. of Halifax - Global Opportunities

A new award will be added to the list at next year’s ceremony. Lund announced that the Canadian Market Development Award will annually recognize a Nova Scotian company that is successfully building markets within the rest of Canada. In the past, all of the awards presented recognized companies that have successfully built markets beyond Canada’s borders.

The Export Achievement Awards are presented to companies, both large and small, for their outstanding skills and dedication to succeed.  They are recognized as leaders in the business community for their innovative approach to strengthening the province’s economy by marketing their products around the world and bringing new recognition to Nova Scotia.

The keynote speaker at this year’s awards was Brian Tobin, former federal industry minister, who spoke about Nova Scotia’s position in international trade. Guests included Premier John Hamm and Economic Development Minister Gordon Balser.

Eastlink Televsion will air the 2002 Export Achievement Awards at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, May 29 and again at 9:00 pm on Monday, June 30.

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.