SAINT JOHN – The top exporters in the province will be honoured at an awards gala Thursday night in the Port City.
Twenty-eight companies have been named finalists for awards in five categories. There will be two Exporter of the Year awards: one for a company with export sales of less than $5 million and another for a company with export sales of more than $5 million.
The remaining awards are presented in three categories: Emerging Exporter of the Year, Global Diversification and Innovative Exporter of the Year.
Mary Wilson is Economic Development and Small Business Minister, and also minister responsible for Opportunities NB. She says the Export Awards are an opportunity to recognize small- and medium-sized businesses that help grow the province’s economy through exports.
“These innovative companies are leading the way towards an energized private sector and economic growth in the province,” said Wilson in a release.
Opportunities NB will host the awards gala in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
“Increasing trade and international business development is critical to the future of New Brunswick’s economy. Our province has a long history of prospering through trade and offers very diversified products and services to global markets, which means we have a lot of strengths to keep building on,” said Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long in the release.
The winners are selected by a panel of experts from industry and academia. Judges are chosen based on their knowledge of the New Brunswick business community and international trade.
Opportunities NB will present the Impact Award for New Investment, recognizing a company that has had a significant impact on New Brunswick’s economy through an investment decision.
“With 43 per cent of Atlantic exports originating in New Brunswick, our province has taken the regional lead,” said Opportunities NB CEO Stephen Lund in the release. “These companies help open our province up to new markets and opportunities. By providing New Brunswick businesses with the effective support, guidance and tools they need, we can keep our economy competitive and diverse.”
This year’s award finalists are:
- Adored Beast Apothecary
- AGB Products
- Ardagh Metal Pkg Canada Ltd.
- Atlantic Industries Limited
- Bayshore Lobster Ltd.
- Benchmark Fabricators Inc.
- Bicom Systems
- Boise Cascade Alljoist Ltd.
- Corey Nutrition Company
- Enflo Canada Ltd.
- HockeyShot Inc.
- HotSpot Parking Inc.
- InteliSys Aviation Systems
- Introhive Services Inc.
- Kelson & Kelson Ltd.
- Lizotte Machine Vision
- Marr’s Sweet Syrup
- OneZero Innovations Inc.
- Prelam Enterprises Ltd.
- Razor Contract Manufacturing Ltd.
- Saeplast Americas Inc.
- ThermalWood Canada Inc.
- Thermtest Inc.
- Truall Building Components Inc.