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Antigonish Chamber of Commerce Hands Out Business Awards

The Antigonish Town and County Business Community honoured its best last night.

The Antigonish Chamber of Commerce held its Business Awards Gala, recognizing outstanding achievement by local individuals and entrepreneurs.

The Young Entrepreneur Award winner this year is Tareq Hadhad of Peace by Chocolate. The Outstanding Customer Service Award, for an employee that demonstrates outstanding service is Linda Boyle with The Casket newspaper.

The Emerging Business Award recipient is Swinkels Bee Products, while the Export Recognition Award was presented to John Walsh Bagpipes.

Kell’s Enterprises was named winner of the prestigious Ian Spencer Excellence in Business Award.

A new award was also presented last night, recognizing Social Entrepreneurship. The winner of the Kay Thompson Desjardins Award for Social Entrepreneurship was CACL’s Food Services Group.

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Antigonish Chamber of Commerce holds AGM, honours Farm Leader Casey van de Sande

The Antigonish Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting last night. The slate of officers for the coming year include Dan Fougere as President,

Casey van de Sande

Andrew Bradshaw as Vice-President, Treasurer Cathy Forbes and Inez Forbes as Secretary.

Inez Forbes is one of four new members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Other new faces are Directors Shelly Grant, Andrew Heighton and Leo MacPherson. Other directors on the board are Peter Cameron, Wayne Ezekiel, Ed Joyce, Brian Luzurri, Larry McLean, Rose Paul and Ashley Shelton. Retiring from the board are Monica Fulmore, Eric Atkinson, Tim Hynes and Lisa Apfeld-Montrose.

The Chamber also created a new award, the Patrick C. Hanley Community Builder Award. The first recipient is well-known local producer and agricultural leader Casey van de Sande. In 2017, Van de Sande was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Rose Paul of Paqtnkek named to the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

The director of economic development for the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation has found her way to the Antigonish Chamber’s board of directors. Rose Paul is the first

Rose Paul

Mi’kmaq representative to be appointed to the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce board.

Paul has been instrumental in the development of the 15.3 million dollar highway interchange project, and was recently voted as individual economic development officer of the year by the national Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers, or Cando.

Paul will attend her first meeting for the board of directors at the end of January.

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Antigonish Chamber of Commerce presents Annual Business Awards

 The Antigonish Business Community saluted its best last night.  The Antigonish Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Awards Gala as part of Small Business Week in St. Andrews.
The Youth Entrepreneur Award went to Mathieu Fraser of Highland Bike Shop, one of two awards for the business.  Highland Bike Shop was also named winner of the Emerging Business Award.   The Outstanding Customer Service Award was handed to Carrie Lynn Neary of NSLC.
The Export Recognition Award winner was OceanLab IT.
This year’s winner of the Ian Spencer Excellence in Business Award went to Alva Construction
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Antigonish Chamber of Commerce to hold Awards Gala this Week

The Antigonish Town and County Business Community will be honouring its best this week.  As part of Small Business Week, the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Antigonish Business Awards gala at the St. Andrews Community Centre Wednesday night.
The Executive Director of the Antigonish Chamber, Richard Burrelle says it’s a big night to celebrate.
Today is the deadline to buy tickets for the Gala.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Chamber office.
To purchase tickets, follow this link:  http://antigonishchamber.com/2017-business-gala-awards-night/
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Antigonish candidates speak at Chamber of Commerce Forum

The candidates on the ballot for the riding of Antigonish addressed a number of topics this morning in a forum before a business audience.  The candidates were asked questions about roads, taxes, access to cellular phone services, cuts to nursing homes and attracting young people to the riding.  The event was organized by the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce.
Liberal incumbent Randy Delorey says government did have to make some tough choices, but it continued to invest in Nova Scotia.  Delorey says a new Liberal government will continue to support projects to bolster the economy.
PC Candidate Ray says his party supports a more favourable business climate to attract investment to the riding , reducing red table, tax relief for job creation, and re-instatement of the Film Tax Credit.
NDP Candidate Moraig Macgillivray says her party is committed to investment to grow the economy.
Atlantica candidate Ryan Smyth says his party’s platform centres on democracy and the economy including electoral reform, MLA recall, more transparency in the Legislature and cuts to MLA pensions and salaries. Smyth says his party also favours tax cuts.

The four candidates have another forum this week, Friday night at 6:30 at the Antigonish Education Centre.  Sponsored by Nova Scotians for Thriving Communities, candidates will be focusing on questions related to education, libraries and rural communities.

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Antigonish Chamber of Commerce elects new Board of Directors

At last week’s Antigonish Chamber of Commerce AGM, the new executives and directors were nominated to the board. The Directors at Large include 10 new and returning faces from across the business community.

ExecutiveDirector Richard Burelle says the new board of directors welcomes many business leaders from Antigonish with the mandate to support, encourage and develop business within the downtown community. Burelle says he is very excited with the new group of directors:


Here is a list on the full executive:



President:          Dan Fougere, East Coast Credit Union

Vice President:  Wayne Ezekiel, AA Munro Insurance

Treasurer:          Cathy Forbes, Carmie MacInnis Insurance

Secretary:          Monica Fulmore, R. MacLean Forestry


Directors at Large:

Lisa Apfleld-Montrose, Reid Business Services

Eric Atkinson, Mac, Mac & Mac Law

Andrew Bradshaw, HollisWealth

Peter Cameron, Keltic Ford

Tim Hynes, St. FX -Schwartz School of Business

Kevin MacLean, Sobeys

Larry McLean, Maritime Inn

Brian Lazurri, The Casket

Ashley Shelton, Nova Scotia Works

Kim Silver, Re/Max Park Place Inc.

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Fraser talks about Atlantic Growth Strategy and Atlantic Immigration Pilot at Antigonish Chamber of Commerce dinner

The President’s Dinner and Annual General Meeting for the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce was held last night at the Keating Centre. The evening featured guest

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, speaking to the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce

speaker and MP for Central Nova, Sean Fraser.


Fraser outlined the key attributes of the new Atlantic Growth Strategy, highlighting key elements that will assist in the development of his riding, and the Atlantic Provinces as a whole. Fraser says helping businesses develop is a key trait of the strategy:



Fraser discussed the newly unveiled Atlantic Immigration Pilot; a plan to bring 6,000 skilled immigrants and international students to the Atlantic region in order to fill jobs. The program hopes to make it simpler to keep skilled immigrants by offering permanent residency. Fraser says the new plan will help businesses develop:




Fraser says this program is a win-win for Atlantic Canada. In one regard, it creates a pathway to permanent residency for those seeking a home in Canada. It also allows employers to fill jobs within the region

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Broten says now is the opportunity for businesses to Branch Out

A luncheon was held Thursday for members of the business community and government officials to discuss the benefits of exporting goods globally from

Laurel Broten

Antigonish. President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc, Laurel Broten, was the guest speaker.

Broten discussed the feasibility of business export from Antigonish. Many groups within the town already have found success from globalizing their goods and services. Broten says now, more than ever, is the best opportunity for local businesses to start branching out:


Broten said while the upfront cost of exporting can be daunting, the people at Nova Scotia Business Inc. have the means and services to help with the first steps. The event was put on by the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce.

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Broten to speech to Antigonish Chamber of Commerce

There will be a luncheon held on Thursday for people of the community to hear from a guest speaker. Laurel Broten, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc, will discuss the ability for businesses to export their goods, and what benefits can come from exporting. Broten was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly in Ontario before taking this post in Nova Scotia.

Richard Burelle, Executive Director of Antigonish Chamber of Commerce, says events like these are an excellent opportunity for networking within the community.


The event takes place on Thursday the 9th in the Marjorie Desmond Hall at the Coady Insitute. Information and tickets can be found at antigonishchamber.com