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Avalon Laboratories


Prior to the pandemic, Avalon Laboratories was focused only on environmental testing, so they pivoted to medical diagnostic testing capabilities. They are Atlantic Canada’s one and only private medical diagnostic laboratory.


Newfoundland and Labrador Health/bio-sciences

Ballet By The Ocean (Atlantic Ballet of Canada)


The Ballet by the Ocean is an example of an innovative approach to performing arts within the constraints of the ongoing pandemic. The new objective of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre Company is to turn Ballet into a signature experiential tourism experience


New Brunswick Tourism, Women Entrepreneurship

DF Barnes


D.F. Barnes Services Limited offers specialized maintenance, fabrication and construction services to the oil and gas, energy and maritime sectors. During the COVID pandemic, it launched a new PPE line of business to support the local health care system.


Newfoundland and Labrador Advanced Manufacturing

MacKenzie Atlantic Tool & Die


MacKenzie Atlantic Tool & Die Ltd. is a full-service CNC manufacturing company focusing on automated processes that service the defense, aerospace, medical, environmental and, oil and gas sectors.


Nova Scotia Advanced Manufacturing



Quannessence formulates and manufactures professional skincare products in Summerside, Prince Edward Island for retail distribution in Canada and the United States.


Prince Edward Island Health/bio-sciences



Rimot is a technology company located in Dartmouth, NS that provides organizations with continuous insight into their remote business critical infrastructure.


Nova Scotia Health/bio-sciences, Advanced Manufacturing

Top Dog Manufacturing


Top Dog manufactures polyurethane safety equipment and other protective garments for the food processing, agriculture, childcare and healthcare industries, from its facility in Prince Edward Island.


Prince Edward Island Advanced Manufacturing



Nu-Air in Windsor, NS designs and manufactures a series of heat recovery ventilators for commercial and residential buildings.


Nova Scotia Advanced Manufacturing

Brilliant Labs


The great majority of Brilliant Labs' work is about support for youth, educators, schools, and community groups and was all done in person prior to the pandemic.


New Brunswick Education, Advanced Manufacturing

Université Sainte-Anne


Université Sainte-Anne is the flagship institution for Acadians and other francophones in Nova Scotia, and is recognized for the excellence of its education and research programs.


Nova Scotia Education

A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.


A.F. Theriault produces diverse types of vessels designed and built in the predominantly francophone community of Meteghan River, Nova Scotia to serve Canada's unique, expansive coastline and our network of coastal marine communities.


Nova Scotia Advanced Manufacturing, Oceans

Fireworks Feast: from fine dining to gourmet picnics


Fireworks Feast, part of the Inn at Bay Fortune and Inn at Fortune Bridge family of visitor destinations, was one of many popular summer experiences hit by the hard reality of a pandemic.


Prince Edward Island Tourism, Food sector

Celtic Colours Festival Society


Celtic Colours is one of Canada's premier musical events. This nine-day festival normally takes place in more than 50 communities across Cape Breton Island. It extends the tourism season and contributes $18.7 million to the local economy.


Nova Scotia Tourism

Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada


In May 2022 Moncton-based Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada (ABAC) will celebrate its 20th anniversary. In just two short decades, the only professional ballet company in Atlantic Canada has toured original creations throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.


New Brunswick Tourism, Women Entrepreneurship

Roots Rants Roars - My Food Hike


Roots, Rants and Roars is a two-day food festival based in Elliston, Newfoundland and Labrador – the root cellar capital of the world. Founded in 2009 by Tourism Elliston, a non-profit organization to promote tourism and boost economic development on the Bonavista Peninsula, it has grown to become one of Canada’s top culinary festivals.


Newfoundland and Labrador Food sector, Tourism

Brilliant Labs


When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools across the region, parents and teachers were faced with the challenge of occupying and engaging children stuck in quarantine. For Brilliant Labs, that challenge presented incredible opportunity.


New Brunswick Technology, innovation

Kognitiv Spark


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many obstacles and challenges to businesses and organizations across all sectors. However, in the midst of these readjustments, startup Kognitiv Spark has encountered something else as well – an increased demand for its flagship product, RemoteSpark.


New Brunswick Technology, innovation

Discover Saint John


When COVID-19 first hit, marketing organization Discover Saint John could not imagine the full impact and complete loss of the 2020 tourism season. Amidst the chaos, its Executive Director Victoria Clarke and her team continued to work from home, developing strategies to salvage the season for their city and region.


New Brunswick Technology, tourism

Wabanaki Maple


A new company’s first few years are challenging, with unexpected obstacles and setbacks around every corner. For Wabanaki Maple, a newly established New Brunswick business and ACOA client, having to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic along with other growing pains was the most unexpected challenge of all.


New Brunswick Food sector, women entrepreneurship

Ethical Swag


Ethical Swag Inc. offers an e-commerce solution for sourcing sustainable, customizable promotional products. As consumer attitudes change, people are increasingly looking for environmentally and socially conscious choices. The company has been audited to a global standard for social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.


Nova Scotia Women entrepreneurship, export



Motryx has developed a quality assurance technology to assist hospitals, laboratories and research institutions monitor their blood transportation system without jeopardizing the blood samples.


Nova Scotia Women entrepreneurship, innovation, technology

The Soap Company


After a lifetime of chronic skin issues caused by synthetic ingredients, Founder and CEO Leigh McFarlane has created simple, gluten-free, nut-free products that are either unscented or scented with only essential oils.


Nova Scotia Women entrepreneurship

AtlanTick Repellant


When Lisa Ali Learning’s two sons became ill with Lyme disease three years ago in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, she was driven to act. After they recovered, she wanted to ensure her children, and their dog would be safe from ticks while continuing to enjoy the outdoors. Lisa’s solution led to the creation of AtlanTick Repellent Inc.


Nova Scotia Women entrepreneurship



More than 50 years ago, a metal fabrication company opened its doors in Centreville, NB, and started selling top-quality products including farm and playground equipment. Today, the company sells only one type of product: fire trucks and related equipment.


New Brunswick Advanced manufacturing, Innovation, Process improvement, Seize opportunity

Red Rover


In 2012, Nicola Mason and Adam Clawson incorporated Red Rover Craft Cider – and broke new ground in New Brunswick. Until they opened their company in Fredericton, there were no cider-makers in the province and no local cider on liquor store shelves.


New Brunswick Export, Food sector, Innovation, Key partnerships

Riverside Lobster International


A decade ago there wasn’t a ready-to-eat lobster-processing facility in southwest Nova Scotia – the largest lobster district in the country. David Deveau forever changed that reality when he opened Riverside Lobster International.


Nova Scotia Food sector, Innovation, Regional challenges, Workforce

G. E. Barbour


For Sylvia MacVey, President and CEO of G.E. Barbour, located in Sussex, New Brunswick, there has never been a better time to be a woman entrepreneur.


New Brunswick Women entrepreneurship

PEI Mussel King


When Esther Dockendorff's father came home from lobster fishing 40 years ago and said he wanted to start a business "growing" mussels, no one was sure how the new venture would go. Forty years later, Mussel King is a leader in mussel cultivation and processing in Canada.


Prince Edward Island Women entrepreneurship



It was the turn of the millennium, and Mark Kennedy and Chad House were itching to introduce a disruptive technology that would reshape an industry. It didn't take long to find a home for their energy and expertise.


Newfoundland and Labrador Digital industries, Export, Innovation, Process improvement

Sustane Technologies


As a professional working in the pulp and paper sector, Peter Vinall was always cooking up ways for companies to lower costs. Now, as the co-founder and president of Sustane Technologies, he is cooking up ways to reduce municipal waste – literally.


Nova Scotia Clean technology, Get to the next step, Innovation, Research & development, Seize opportunity

Hebert's Recycling


What goes around, comes around is a philosophy that’s good for the environment and good for business. Hebert’s Recycling, a third-generation family-owned and operated business headquartered in Miramichi, understands the impact of this approach firsthand.


Newfoundland and Labrador Advanced manufacturing, Innovation, Process improvement

Prince Edward Island Brewing Company


The Prince Edward Island Brewing Company is satisfying a Canadian thirst for buying local and supporting independent enterprises. “We are responding to consumer demand,” says Jeff Squires, president of the Charlottetown-based brewery.


Prince Edward Island Advanced manufacturing, Food sector, Innovation, Traditional sectors

Empowered Homes


As the owner of an energy audit company, Joshua Green always recommended the use of programmable thermostats. He recognized, however, that for homeowners with electric baseboard heating that recommendation could not be followed. There was no smart thermostat on the market for them. Until now.


Newfoundland and Labrador Clean technology, Commercialization, Export, Seize opportunity

Blue Roof Distillers


On the southeast edge of New Brunswick, directly off the Trans-Canada highway in Malden, you will find Strang's Produce, a sixth-generation farm. Here you will also find Blue Roof Distillers, which opened its doors only last year. What connects the two? Potatoes.


New Brunswick Food sector, Process improvement, Seize opportunity



Tim Burke and Stephen Hankinson have built their company on one irrefutable reality: there is power in numbers. The two entrepreneurs launched Affinio in 2012 following a simple test they were running on a mobile app.


Nova Scotia Digital industries, Innovation, Restructuring, Seize opportunity

Kinduct Technologies


The Big Five sports leagues know a winner when they see one – and they all see one in Kinduct Technologies, the human performance data and analytics software company.


Nova Scotia Digital industries, Health/bio-sciences, Innovation, Seize opportunity



In its 54 years of operation, The Call Centre Inc., has consistently done one thing: it's refused to stand still. The St. John's response centre, which operates under the name Telelink, started as an answering service for businesses that needed to be connected to customers 24/7.


Newfoundland and Labrador Digital industries, Get to the next step

Truall Building Components


When Marco Gagnon purchased Truall Building Components in 2008, the Saint-André, New Brunswick, company was in receivership. Shortly after the purchase, the 2008 recession took hold of the world economy. “For a while, I thought we were crazy,” says Marco with a laugh.


New Brunswick Advanced manufacturing, Process improvement, Workforce

Amalgamated Dairies


There is strength in numbers. Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL) has lived by that successful philosophy since 1953 when seven independent dairy producers joined forces.


Prince Edward Island Food sector, Key partnerships, Process improvement, Traditional sectors

IMV Inc.


In the 1980s, an expanding seal population threatened the East Coast fishery. Researchers at Dalhousie University developed a contraceptive vaccine to help balance the ecosystem. Out of that innovation grew IMV Inc., and a potential cure for many cancers.


Nova Scotia Health/bio-sciences, Innovation, Oceans, Research & development

RAP Technologies


If at first you don't succeed, keep pushing forward. This is Kent Ferguson's motto and the foundation on which he is building RAP Technologies, a green start-up that is using recycled materials to produce a weighted runner for lobster traps.


New Brunswick Get to the next step, Innovation, Oceans, Seize opportunity, Traditional sectors

Anaconda Mining


For Anaconda Mining, innovation helps define the corporate culture. The publicly-traded Canadian gold mining and exploration company, with operations in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, is no stranger to finding innovative technology solutions to operational challenges.


Newfoundland and Labrador Innovation, Key partnerships, Process improvement

Suncoast Seafood


For Suncoast Seafood, providing the highest-quality processed lobster products to the American, Canadian, European and Asian markets requires both great shellfish and equally great technology.


New Brunswick Export, Innovation, Oceans, Process improvement, Traditional sectors

JMN Enterprises


For 20 years, JMN Enterprises Inc., has successfully built its wood products company on three key pillars: diversity, flexibility, and quality. Today the family-owned and -operated company has upwards of 40 employees at peak times, 50 different products for sale, and a 20,000 square foot manufacturing plant.


New Brunswick Innovation, Traditional sectors

CarbonCure Technologies


CarbonCure Technologies has brought a breath of fresh air – and much more – to the ready mix concrete market. The Dartmouth-based company retrofits concrete plants with a technology that recycles waste carbon dioxide to make a stronger, greener product.


Nova Scotia Clean technology, Health/bio-sciences, Innovation, Seize opportunity

Kaneshii Vinyl Press


Gideon Banahene wants to bring music to his customers' ears. Literally. Gideon is the owner of Kaneshii Vinyl Press Limited, Canada's newest full-service vinyl record pressing facility and the only company of its kind in Atlantic Canada.


Prince Edward Island Get to the next step, Seize opportunity

Prelam Enterprises


In 2005, Prelam Enterprises Ltd. introduced Just'a Drop, an odour neutralizer used in advance of using the toilet. Today, the innovative product is sold in such stores as Walmart, Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart.


New Brunswick Commercialization, Export, Health/bio-sciences

Virtual Marine Technology


More than 14 years ago, Anthony Patterson was a student at Memorial University in St. John's. He was exploring how to improve the way lifeboats were launched during hurricanes. What he discovered was a much bigger issue - and a much bigger commercial need.


Newfoundland and Labrador Digital industries, Innovation, Oceans, Seize opportunity



More than 20 years ago, Fonemed, LLC started with one client in Oregon. Today, the Canada-U.S. telehealth company has 2,300 client groups serving more than 10 million people in North America alone.


Newfoundland and Labrador Digital industries, Get to the next step, Health/bio-sciences, Research & development, Seize opportunity

Ébénisterie Foxwoods Millwork


While old-world quality is central to the custom woodwork designed and fashioned by Ébénisterie Foxwoods Millwork in Beresford, New Brunswick, new advances in technology are enabling the company to grow its market share.


New Brunswick Advanced manufacturing, Process improvement, Regional challenges, Traditional sectors

J&S Oysters


When Luc Léger launched his company, J&S Oysters, in 2014, he sank 33 cages that year in Cocagne Harbour. In 2017, that number reached 1,520. Modernization has always been central to the New Brunswick company’s increasing success.


New Brunswick Food sector, Get to the next step, Oceans, Process improvement, Traditional sectors



Entrepreneurs at a Nova Scotia start-up have something to smile about. PhotoDynamic is poised to change the oral health of individuals around the world who produce a lot of plaque, or bacteria, on their teeth.


Nova Scotia Get to the next step, Health/bio-sciences, Innovation, Seize opportunity

Thompson Potato Company


Customers, staff and potato lovers will all benefit from a recent expansion at Thompson Potato Company. The Victoria, PEI, company has completed a new state-of-the-art ventilated storage expansion and installed optical sorting equipment to increase processing capability.


Prince Edward Island Food sector, Process improvement, Traditional sectors

Dubé Farms


The Dubé family has been growing potatoes since the late 1800s. Today, Mike Dubé and his father George oversee 1,200 acres of land as well as a packing and storage facility with a capacity of 6,500 tonnes. Their operation employs up to 30 employees for the planting, growing, harvesting, and packing season.


New Brunswick Export, Food sector, Innovation, Traditional sectors

Lennox Island Development Corporation


In the 1930s, the federal Department of Fisheries (as it was then known) operated a thriving oyster hatchery in Ellerslie, PEI. In the decades that followed, however, the marine centre fell into disrepair and the hatchery dried up.


Prince Edward Island Food sector, Indigenous, Oceans, Seize opportunity, Traditional sectors

SubC Control


Eight years ago Chad Collet and Adam Rowe were working in a basement trying to launch their subsea video company. “We developed things quickly. We made lots of mistakes,” says Chad, the company’s chief technology officer.


Newfoundland and Labrador Aerospace, Export, Innovation, Oceans, Seize opportunity

Jumping Bean Coffee


With every small purchase, customers of Jumping Bean Coffee make a big impact – on their taste buds and the environment. Not only does the Mount Pearl, NL-based company serve up a delicious brew, customers can relish each sip knowing the coffee is both fair trade and organic.


Newfoundland and Labrador Clean technology, Food sector

Maison BeauSoleil


Maison BeauSoleil, which produces, packages and ships premium oysters, has a new pearl in its production process. The Néguac, N.B., company has developed a one-of-a-kind automated system that sorts, counts and boxes oysters.


New Brunswick Food sector, Innovation, Oceans, Process improvement

Novonix Battery Testing Services


Dr. Chris Burns gets a charge out of answering seemingly unanswerable questions. As a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University, Chris was looking to determine how long lithium batteries would last.


Nova Scotia Get to the next step, Innovation, Seize opportunity

Terra Beata Farms


Many people looked at the stretch of land for sale in Heckman's Island, Lunenburg, and all they saw was a bog. Evelyn and David Ernst saw an opportunity.


Nova Scotia Export, Food sector, Restructuring, Seize opportunity

Orenda Software Solutions


Today public image is as important to companies – or more so – than any other part of their operations. Orenda Software Solutions, based in Membertou, N.S., provides unique insight into just how well companies, their products, and their people are being perceived.


Nova Scotia Digital industries, Get to the next step, Key partnerships, Regional challenges

Jaza Energy


Today, more than one billion people are living without electricity. Jaza Energy is helping to light the way for those in some of the most remote areas on earth using an innovative form of clean technology.


New Brunswick Clean technology, Innovation, Seize opportunity

Atlantic Grown Organics


Business was booming for Marc and Krista Schurman, owners of Atlantic Grown Organics, the label for their family farm in Kensington, PEI. To meet that demand, they realized their greenhouse production would need to be year-round.


Prince Edward Island Food sector, Seize opportunity

Advanced Extraction Systems


When David Campbell co-founded Advanced Extraction Systems two years ago, there was already an established market in the pharmaceutical sector for the specialized technology his PEI-based firm had to offer. However, he knew that when the laws regarding cannabis use changed, that market would explode.


Prince Edward Island Export, Health/bio-sciences, Key partnerships, Seize opportunity

BASE Engineering


Being successful in the global marketplace requires companies to know two things very well: their industry and their clients. "We rely on our customers and our expertise to tell us what's needed," says Steve Belyea, president of BASE Engineering.


New Brunswick Advanced manufacturing, Export, Seize opportunity, Workforce

QRA Corp.


For Jordan Kyriakidis's customers, failure is not an option. His company, QRA Corp, helps clients ensure the systems they develop are failsafe.


Nova Scotia Aerospace, Commercialization, Digital industries, Get to the next step, Key partnerships

Somru BioScience


At present, 70% of Somru BioScience's clients are based in North America. It is an important market for the biotechnology company that develops antibody technology, which can be used to accelerate the drug-development process.


Prince Edward Island ExportHealth/bio-sciences, Key partnerships

Superior Glove Works


Superior Glove Works Limited has been in business for 56 years. There is one reason for its longevity, says President Tony Geng, and that is innovation.


Newfoundland and Labrador Advanced manufacturing, Innovation

Green Power Labs


Green Power Labs' first foray into the global market was a matter of luck – an engineer in Australia called the Nova Scotia company out of the blue – but its continued success on the international playing field has been the result of forethought and planning.


Nova Scotia Clean technology, Commercialization, Export, Key partnerships

Genoa Design International


Genoa Design founder Leonard Pecore graduated from the Marine Institute in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador with a certificate in shipbuilding design during the early 90s, at a time when shipbuilding in Canada had seen better days.


Newfoundland and Labrador Digital industries, Innovation, Key partnerships, Oceans, Workforce



Customers today want to purchase high-quality products – and they want to purchase them from companies that share their values. One of those values dear to customers is a commitment to the environment.


New Brunswick Clean technology, Commercialization, Process improvement

W.P. Griffin


A consumer demand for washed potatoes over 30 years ago set a Prince Edward Island company on a path to innovation that has allowed it to remain a market leader.


Prince Edward Island Commercialization, Food sector, Innovation, Process improvement

Tronos Leasing and Maintenance


Tronos Leasing and Maintenance located in Prince Edward Island first launched in 2001 to provide maintenance services for Tronos Aviation owned assets. Up until that time the UK-based company was an aviation leasing company only, providing jets to main line carriers like United and US Air.


Prince Edward Island Aerospace, Commercialization, Innovation

RtTech Software


RtTech Software, located in Moncton, New Brunswick, is a software company that specifically operates within the industrial space, helping companies optimize their productivity to maximize their returns. But RtTech had to focus on getting the right staff in order to get there.


New Brunswick Commercialization, Digital industries, Export, Innovation, Research & development, Restructuring, Seize opportunity

Rollo Bay Holdings


Rollo Bay Holdings, owners of Keenan Potatoes, is the largest agriculture entity in Eastern Prince Edward Island specializing in reds, yellows and russets for consumer and food service industries.


Prince Edward Island Export, Food sector, Innovation, Traditional sectors, Workforce



The next time you're shopping for a new car, take a moment to think about what might be under the hood at your local dealership. For Quorum, it would hope it's their flagship dealership management software XSELLERATOR – a comprehensive solution that automates, integrates, and streamlines every department in a dealership.


Newfoundland and Labrador Digital industries, Innovation, Key partnerships, Workforce

Kenney & Ross


The next time you bite into your frozen TV dinner you might be consuming some of the food-based gelatin products produced by Shelburne Nova Scotia-based Kenney & Ross.


Nova Scotia Export, Innovation, Oceans, Seize opportunity, Traditional sectors

J.D. Irving


J.D. Irving (JDI), based in Saint John, New Brunswick, employs thousands of employees across the region. The company's core business operates in the forest products sector and includes the manufacturing of lumber, pulp and paper, and tissue products.


New Brunswick Advanced manufacturing, Export, Innovation, Research & development

Frontier Power Systems


Prince Edward Island-based Frontier Power Systems' innovation is providing light to some of Canada's most northern communities – regions where access to energy sources has remained almost impossible.


Prince Edward Island Clean technology, Innovation, Process improvement

Eastern Fabricators Incorporated


Eastern Fabricators International (EFI) in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island, opened its doors to customers in January 2013, providing specialized manufacturing of equipment, including automation solutions for the food processing sector.


Prince Edward Island Clean technology, Commercialization, Get to the next step, Innovation, Key partnerships, Research & development



Newfoundland and Labrador entrepreneur Emad Rizkalla believes that, today, innovation is the only way for businesses to hedge their bets. And, as it turns out, the biggest challenge for Rizkalla was finding the capital investment necessary for growth and continued investment in innovation and R&D.


Newfoundland and Labrador Digital industries, Export, Innovation, Oceans, Restructuring, Workforce

Louisbourg Seafoods


The old saying "necessity is the mother of invention" could describe how Louisbourg Seafoods started in 1984. Jim and Lori Kennedy were both displaced fish plant workers following the collapse of the Atlantic ground fishery. The two recognized an opportunity where many did not.


Nova Scotia Food sector, Innovation, Key partnerships, Oceans, Regional challenges, Seize opportunity, Workforce

IPL Plastics


The next time you dive into your favourite yogurt snack, take a look at the packaging. Chances are it may have come from IPL's plant in Edmundston, New Brunswick.


New Brunswick Advanced manufacturing, Export, Innovation, Traditional sectors

Dynamic Air Shelters


Making the shift from professional balloonist to being the premier solutions-based provider of protective structures may not seem like a logical path, but it's exactly how Dynamic Air Shelters was born.


Newfoundland and Labrador Advanced manufacturing, Export, Innovation, Research & development, Workforce

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