January/February 2020

Letters to the editor

While we received an incredible volume of positive feedback on our list of #30under30 Atlantic Canadian innovators, we were also chastised because there were only seven women—and P.E.I. was unrepresented. The problem was…

Land of opportunity

Last year, Halifax Stanfield International Airport served over 4.3 million passengers and generated $3.8 billion for the Nova Scotia economy. Key destinations include New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadephia, London, Frankfurt and Dublin. (Submitted photo) International innovator Charles Benaiah explains why he thinks Halifax is a techpreneur’s dream come true Charles Benaiah (above) is not one […]

Making the sale

More and more businesses in Atlantic Canada have their eyes on the global market. This issue, Sarah Smellie spoke with three Atlantic Canadian businesses, both newbies and veterans of international trade, about how they do it, what they’ve learned and what you need to know before you ink your first international deal.

The new Amsterdam?

There are opportunities for cannabis tourism in Atlantic Canada, these two experts say—if only the regulations would allow for them

Let’s do launch: SnapAP’s CEO and founder JD Drapeau

JD Drapeau (38) CEO and founder of SnapAP, a cloud-based software platform that automates and streamlines the procure-to-pay process for businesses. Hometown: Kedgwick, N.B. Alma mater: Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) – Bathurst (Computer Programming) Headquarters: Moncton, N.B. Founded: 2019 Employees: 2 What does SnapAP do? SnapAP optimizes the way companies purchase and pay for […]

A credit to her business

Her career has been dedicated to Newfoundland and Labrador’s credit union movement. Now’s she’s venturing out into the larger world, looking for new ways to tell an old story about fair banking

Our roundup of food, culture and travel news for January 2020

If I’m being totally honest, we picked Ristorante a Mano in Bishop’s Landing for our business lunch because, well, it had onsite parking. There were snow flurries that day with a bone-chilling nip to the air. We wanted warmth, we wanted comfort food, and we didn’t want to walk 15 minutes to get there. Mano, […]

It’s a really big deal

Members of the St. John’s tech sector gathered at CoLab’s new offices in November to hear what the founders learned from Y Combinator. Here, CoLab co-founder Jeremy Andrews shares some key insights. (Photo Sam Russell) Welcome to the new Newfoundland economy? After five successful years in the St. John’s startup community, Venture NL is repositioning […]

Good for what ails us

Mike Bannister has been a Hacking Health organizer and mentor in St. John’s, N.L. for about four years Opportunity abounds for Atlantic med-tech entrepreneurs “I’m not trying to scare you away with all of this,” says Brett Vokey, standing in front of about 20 young people at Memorial University’s medical school last November. Vokey, a […]

Have you heard the news?

We’ve just gone through a management change and the new co-owners (my colleague, Tonia Sheridan, and I) are eager to strategically position this company for growth. The question at the top of our minds is this: how can we leverage a 30-years-young legacy brand to be even more innovative and responsive to our audience than […]

Take that, you Wexit whiners

If I may bastardize that infamous Alberta bumper sticker from the early 1980s (“Let the eastern bastards freeze in the dark”), my own version would read something like: “Let the western whiners whinge in the winter winds.” I do not mean to be unkind (Moi? Never), but perhaps our Wexit-wannabe brethern could use a few […]

Climate change II (with zero apologies)

Those of you who read my previous column will know this is my second time talking about this subject in as many issues. I don’t apologize for this. Climate change, social inequality and outer space are the signature issues of our time and therefore subjects which deserve to be at the forefront of our thinking […]

Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers 2020

Researched and compiled by MediaCorp Canada Inc. | Presented exclusively by Atlantic Business Magazine The backstory Richard Yerema, managing editor of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (produced by Mediacorp Canada Inc.), shares his thoughts on this year’s selection process and what it takes to become a Top Employer. Atlantic Business Magazine: There were more Atlantic Canada […]

Atlantic aquaculture grounded in science

Contributing more than $400 million, and over 4,000 jobs, each year to the Atlantic Canadian economy, aquaculture is one of the most research-intensive, environmentally responsible and commercially sustainable industries in the region. “This is very much a science-based business…

Halifax Chamber of Commerce opens the TAP on trade

It’s hard to overstate the importance of trade to Nova Scotia’s economy. The province is sending more (and more diverse) goods and services to international markets each year—from industrial and consumer products, to marketing and professional expertise. In 2017, for example…

Oceanex links Newfoundland to the world

Headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador—and with a goal to provide superior service to its customers from anywhere in North America—Oceanex Inc. is a vertically-integrated, intermodal freight transportation company that supplies essential shipping services to the province. Says Executive Vice-President Matthew Hynes…

PEI BioAlliance clears global path for regional firms

From its downtown Charlottetown location, PEI BioAlliance is helping high-potential bioscience companies on the Island beat a path to global markets. “Many Atlantic Canadians have yet to understand the true potential of bioscience-based businesses…

Port of Argentina poised for opportunity

Located on the eastern side of Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Port of Argentia is poised to capture opportunities as a premier, heavy industrial seaport offering ice-free, year-round access. Equipped with a wide-turning basin, heavy lift capacity…

Port of Belledune driving regional growth

Situated on the Bay of Chaleur, the Port of Belledune is on course as a key engine of economic activity in northeastern New Brunswick. Currently executing a multi-year strategic plan to enhance its capabilities and create new opportunities for itself…