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EY Nominates 26 In Atlantic Canada

The list of nominees includes entrepreneurs whose names appear regularly in Entrevestor, including Ed Clarke of Global Ad Source of St. John’s, Saar Fabrikant of Halifax’s B4Checkin and Travis McDonough of Kinduct Technologies of Halifax.

“Entrepreneurship is about finding new ways to approach challenging problems. It’s about growing your community while growing your business, and building prosperity for yourself, as well as others,” Gina Kinsman, Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic program director, said in a statement. “This year’s finalists in our region are diverse and brimming with ideas to help build a better world for the next generation.

An independent panel of judges will name winners in a number of categories, and one of the category winners as the overall Atlantic winner. That winner will then compete with winners from Québec, Ontario, Prairies and Pacific regions for the Canadian Entrepreneur Of The Year title. The Canadian winner will go on to compete with winners from more than 50 countries for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year, in June 2017.

One side note: The Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Ontario also features one team that has links to Atlantic Canada. Daniel Bartek, Robert Besant, and Cam McDonald of the Iconic Brewing Company of Oakville were nominated in the Young and Emerging category. Formerly known as Sage Mixology, the team’s origins go back to the Starting Lean program at Dalhousie University.

The Atlantic Canadian nominees are:

The 2016 Atlantic EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists

Business Services

Don Mills

Corporate Research Associates Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Provides insight and strategic direction to clients using state-of-the-art research, as well as strategic consulting services in both official languages.

Keith Brideau

Historica | Saint John, New Brunswick

Known for their quality work and positive community impact, Historica designs, develops, builds, renovates, leases and manages real estate.

Judith Bobbitt

Oceans Limited | St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

Offers services in physical oceanography, marine weather forecasting, iceberg profiling, bio-monitoring of fish health, plus climate & oceanography studies.

Paul Pynn

One Wind Services Inc. | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

A professional service organization serving the North American wind energy market.

Business-to-Business Products and Services

Bob Kiely

Envirem Organics Inc. | Fredericton, New Brunswick

Provides innovative recycling solutions and manufactures a line of value-added bio-products from waste.

Ed Clarke

Global Ad Source | St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

Provides capture and analysis of competitor advertising campaigns and brand strategies across 80 countries and seven media types.

Brad Langille

GoGold Resources Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia

A Canadian-based gold and silver producer with properties in Mexico.

Thomas Soucy

Groupe Westco Inc. | Saint-François-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick

One of Canada’s largest integrated poultry farming organizations, with hatcheries, breeding farms and related shipping companies.

Business-to-Consumer Products and Services

Alex MacLean

East Coast Lifestyle | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Designs and produces unique, high-profile clothing that showcases Atlantic Canadian pride.

Bert and Jonathan Hickman

Hickman Automotive Group | St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

A fourth-generation family automobile business, Hickman Automotive Group owns and operates 12 locations that offer multiple vehicle brands.

Dave Powell

Powell Group of Companies | Bay Roberts, Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland’s largest wholesale distributor to independent grocers – a network encompassing supermarkets, rental units, a shopping plaza, and Atlantic Grocery Distributors.

Health Sciences

David Ford and Andrew Steeves

BioScript Pharmacy Ltd. | Moncton, New Brunswick

A specialty pharmacy supporting the unique biological and specialty pharmaceutical needs of patients managing complex illnesses and the physicians who treat them.

Charlene Brophy

FONEMED | St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

A patient-centered platform incorporating technology and disease-specific protocols to provide 24/7 teletriage support, remote biometric monitoring, and behavioral health counseling to 10 million individuals globally.

Lesley Steele

Vet Alliance Inc. | Fredericton, New Brunswick

Canada’s largest organized affiliate buyers group for veterinary hospitals, helping independent veterinary practices thrive.


Hanspeter Stutz

Grand Pre Wines Ltd. | Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

Atlantic Canada’s oldest farm winery, developing special wines true to Nova Scotia.

Tony Nahas

Mezza Lebanese Restaurant Group | Halifax, Nova Scotia

A fast-casual franchise chain specializing in Lebanese cuisine that uses locally sourced meats, poultry, produce, and bread.

Bill Mahoney

Regal Realty Limited | St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

Owns, manages and develops commercial, hotel and residential real estate. Holdings include the Murray Premises Hotel and St. John’s Executive Suites.

Information Technology

Saar Fabrikant

B4Checkin | Halifax, Nova Scotia

A developer and provider of cloud-based software solutions for the hospitality industry.

Travis McDonough

Kinduct Technologies Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Specializes in human performance software solutions for professional and amateur sports organizations as well as military, public safety, and health and wellness organizations.

Todd Hiscock

Beaufort Solutions Inc. | St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

Provides easy-to-use software to customers around the world that enable them to deliver high-quality digital solutions.

Russell Pelley

GRi Simulation Inc | Mount Pearl, Newfoundland & Labrador

A software development company that focuses on real-time 3D simulation, visualization, and integrated engineering technologies for critical marine activities.

Media and Entertainment

Paul Rigg

Copernicus Studios Inc. | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Develops original entertainment media, supplies animated television content, and produces gaming and educational content for the evolving apps market.

Mike Johnston

REDspace Inc. | Bedford, Nova Scotia

A digital studio specializing in creating interactive experiences for large broadcasters and media brands all over the world. Services include website and application development, game production, design and animation, live event support and more.

Phil Otto

Revolve Branding Inc. | Bedford, Nova Scotia

A full-service branding and marketing firm serving clients across Canada and the US, with a knack for overcoming complex challenges with simple, strategic solutions.