Nova Scotia Business Hall of fame winners revealed

[Canada] The 2015 laureates for the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame are Colin MacDonald, Michael Duck and Louis E. and Jean-Paul (J.P.) Deveau.

Some of the laureates were beaming Tuesday after the joint announcement by Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and the Hall of Fame.

“Where was I when I was 17? Off someplace hitchhiking across Canada,” MacDonald said, referencing the typical age of a Junior Achievement member.

These days, MacDonald is chairman and co-founder of Clearwater Seafoods Inc. and co-owner and director of Clearwater Fine Foods Inc.

Duck, founder of SureShot Solutions Inc., invented the first portion-controlled cream dispenser.

He currently resides part of the year outside Nova Scotia and did not attend the announcement.

His innovative equipment from about 30 years ago would eventually become the industry standard for the largest restaurant chains in North America.

Louis Deveau and son Jean-Paul are part of the Acadian Seaplants Ltd. success story. The company was founded in 1980 and helped establish the Canadian seaweed industry.

The leaders of Acadian Seaplants at Cornwallis are being portrayed as business superheroes by Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia in a tongue in cheek video posted on YouTube

“I went to university but did not see myself as an entrepreneur at that time,” Louis Deveau said.

The company provides employment to over 300 people in eight countries and work for over 500 seasonal harvesters.

The laureates will be formally inducted at a gala event on May 28 in Halifax.

Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame annually honour individuals with records of unparallelled lifetime achievement in their businesses and communities, organizers said in a news release.

Three featured achievers — Kyle Houghton, 17, from Millwood High School; Alexa Bordage, 16, from Sir John A. Macdonald High School; and Julie Veno, 17, from Cole Harbour High School — will be enlisted to participate in the production of multimedia presentations on the accomplishments of the laureates.

The productions will be presented at the gala event, hosted by the Hall of Fame governors. It will be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre, with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame was initiated in 1993 to recognize the contributions made by successful leaders and entrepreneurs.

“Over the last 20-plus years, the Business Hall of Fame has become an institution of unmatched significance to the business community of Nova Scotia,” said the organizers’ release.

“Laureates exemplify growth, courage, success and leadership.”

Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia provides hands-on experiential learning in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. Programs focus on financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship.

“Junior Achievement recruits volunteers from the business community to collaborate on the delivery of programs, which exposes students to real world business perspectives and ideas,” said the release.

 

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