Seven Nova Scotia companies won honours at the 26th Annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards last night.
The winning companies had combined export sales of more than $55.5 million in 2008.
"Nova Scotia is known for producing high-quality products and services that are distributed around the world," said Deputy Minister of Economic and Rural Development, Ian Thompson. "Tonight's award winners are some of our province's top ambassadors-representing Nova Scotia as a strong competitor, while contributing to our province's economy."
The winning companies and their awards are:
- New Exporter, Terra Beata Farms Ltd
- Long_Term Exporter, Maritime Paper Products Limited
- Export Growth Through New Markets, Glenora Distillers International
- Export Growth Through Product Development, Nautel Limited
- Export Growth Through Partnership, TeamSpace Canada
- Export Growth Through Sales, Origin BioMed
- Canadian Market Development, AG Research Inc.
Nautel Limited also took home the award for Exporter of the Year.
“Tonight’s winners should be especially proud of their accomplishments,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “In spite of a worldwide economic crisis, Nova Scotia exporters continue to find success in the global marketplace. These seven award-winners remain competitive in these challenging times by seeking out new markets, being more innovative and building on their existing relationships.”
This year's keynote speaker was Stephen S. Poloz, senior vice-president, financing Export Development Canada, who addressed the global financial crisis and its likely impacts on Canada. He also outlined how his organization is adapting to help exporters meet those challenges.
Mr. Poloz leads Export Development Canada's Financial Products Group, delivering an extensive range of lending, financing, political-risk insurance and equity programs. He is also responsible for economics and the corporation's International Trade Intelligence Department.