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  • Annual Report 2018-2019

Annual Report 2018-2019

Annual Report
2018-2019

 

 

 
Surrette Battery Company
Surrette Battery Company

Expanding rural power

Surrette Battery Company is growing. With the help of NSBI’s Innovation Rebate Program, the company is expanding its Springhill facility and incorporating advanced technologies into its production line. Not only will this increase productivity and capacity, it will help create up to 18 skilled, full-time positions.

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Aerotec Engines
Aerotec Engines

The sky’s the limit

An NSBI pilot project has led to spectacular growth for Aerotec Engines. Scale-Up Hub Cambridge, a 2018 pilot in Massachusetts, was designed to help high-tech, innovative companies tap into northeastern U.S. markets. Aerotec, based in Beaver Bank, overhauls and repairs piston engines in planes such as Cessnas and Pipers owned by flight schools, commercial operators and private pilots.

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Sensor Technology Lrd.
Sensor Technology Ltd.

Making a sound move to Nova Scotia

When the head of an Ontario-based ocean technology company – where the nearest ocean is a plane ride away – is asked why she isn’t in Nova Scotia, she gave the question serious thought.

“I met NSBI at an ocean business trade show,” says Niru Somayajula, president and CEO of Sensor Technology Ltd. “They made me think this might be a good place for us to establish a presence in Atlantic Canada.”

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Manulife Financial Corporation
Manulife Financial Corporation

Championing inclusion, attracting talent, contributing to the big-picture goals in Nova Scotia

Manulife Financial Corporation (Manulife) has had a significant presence in Halifax since 2005, and has become one of the largest financial services employers in Nova Scotia.

“We’re proud of our presence in Halifax, where hundreds of employees currently contribute to the global success of our company,” says Mike Doughty, President & CEO, Manulife Canada. “To attract the best talent, we need to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.”

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InTouch Communications
InTouch Communications

Diverse and thriving

Karim George thrives on challenge. The founder, creative director and executive director of InTouch Communications Inc. emigrated to Canada from Egypt with a few hundred dollars in his pocket. His brother-in-law – at the time enrolled at Dalhousie University – told him Halifax was a lovely city and invited him to at least try it for a couple of weeks. A couple of weeks turned into 10 years.

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District of Saint Mary’s
District of Saint Mary’s

Charting a course for export

Sometimes a story is as much about the journey as the destination.

November 2018, in Shanghai, China, the municipality and its economic development arm, the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, signed a development Memorandum of Understanding with Zhongshou Taiyang Health Enhancement & Technology Group (Canada) Ltd.

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Iris Booth
Iris Booth

Mastering picture-perfect innovation

Iris Booth has undergone dramatic growth and change in its target customer since starting in 2015 as a retail business that offered headshots for $20 in professional photobooths. Today, the company builds its photobooths to order and sells them to large corporations, who in turn install them in their offices and license the software from Iris Booth. “We’re full steam ahead with the corporate market,” says creator Sue Siri.

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Canadian Maritime Engineering
Canadian Maritime Engineering

Shipshape in North Sydney

Canadian Maritime Engineering (CME) is underway with a large capital investment to expand its North Sydney Shipyard with the help of the Innovation Rebate Program from NSBI. CME, whose head office is in Dartmouth, provides marine refit and repair services as well as new manufacturing of marine vessels for commercial and offshore use across Canada.

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Atlantica
Atlantica

North to Nunavut

“Before I look at any market or opportunity, the first call I make is to NSBI,” says Christopher Curtis, business development manager for the Refuel Systems division of Atlantica, Nova Scotia’s largest combined-trades contractor.

Right now, the market Curtis is looking at is Nunavut.

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AtlanTick Repellent Products
AtlanTick Repellent Products

Innovation partners with science

In 2019, the threat of Lyme Disease in Nova Scotia has jumped to its highest category ever for most of the province. Blacklegged ticks, which spread the disease, are expanding their territory steadily and swiftly.

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Arcadia Entertainment
Arcadia Entertainment

Two decades of visual storytelling

As Arcadia Entertainment celebrates its 20th anniversary, its people can take pride in producing and delivering more than 500 programs to international broadcasters, mainly Discovery and National Geographic.

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A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.
A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.

Craftsmanship for 80 years

By the time most of us reach our 80th birthday, we might be forgiven for putting our feet up and taking it easy. For A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd., Nova Scotia’s oldest and largest family-owned shipyard, last year’s 80th anniversary marked new vitality and new investment.

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Hutchinson Maple Products
Hutchinson Maple Products

Bringing sweetness to the world

When Hutchinson Maple Products goes to Anuga 2019 in Cologne, Germany, this October, they’ll be sharing specialty Nova Scotia sweetness with some serious food lovers. Anuga is the world’s largest food trade show, hosting more than 7,400 exhibitors and around 165,000 visitors.

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