The highlights were many. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs kicked things off with a spirited welcome address. (All photos: Dale Preston)
Wednesday, May 9: Atlantic Business Magazine, with 550 of our closest friends, gathered in Fredericton, N.B. for an unforgettable celebration of regional corporate leadership excellence.
Roger King, President of Supplement King Canada, took home the CBC Innovator of the Year award for creating an e-commerce delivery system that promises to link clients, franchisees and products for ‘faster than Amazon’ delivery.
Blue collar champion Mandy Rennehan—shown here with publisher Hubert Hutton—delivered a thought-provoking and inspiring acceptance speech after being named CEO of the Year.
Front row (l-r): Bernard Lord, Medavie; Dr. Andrew Furey, Team Broken Earth; Mike Timani, Fancy Pokket; Blair Hyslop, Mrs. Dunster’s Inc.; Dallas Mercer, Dallas Mercer Consulting Inc.; Mark Beal, Maritime Pride Eggs Inc.; Lilia Fraser, Pump House Brewing Ltd.; Jill Green, Green Imaging Technologies Inc.; Andy Turnbull, Nunacor Development Corporation; Charlene Brophy, FONEMED; Joyce Carter, Halifax International Airport Authority; Rod Kerr, Kerr Group; Mike Whittaker, Trucorp Investments Inc.
Second row (l-r): Mitch Cobb, Upstreet Craft Brewing; Jenny Smith, Ray; Gina Pecore, Genoa Design International Inc.; Jennifer Gillivan, IWK Foundation; Gilles Volpé, Enbridge Gas N.B.; Stephen MacDonald, EfficiencyOne; Roger King, Supplement King Canada; Jeff Squires, PEI Brewing Company; Bill Hennessey, Colliers International N.B.; John Norman, Bonavista Living; Dov Bercovici, The Discovery Centre; Ken Shea, East Coast Credit Union; Darrell Kuhn, Community Credit Union; Allan MacIntosh, Marco Group
Third row (l-r): Ashwin Kutty, WeUsThem Inc.; David Lockhart, East Coast International Trucks Inc.; Lori Kennedy, Louisbourg Seafoods Ltd.; Bert Hickman, Hickman Automotive Group; Michael Leonard, League Savings and Mortgage Company/Atlantic Central; Brent Scrimshaw, Atlantic Lottery Corporation; Don Bureaux, Nova Scotia Community College; Gaëtan Thomas, NB Power; Tom Hickey, Atlantic Road Construction & Paving Ltd.; Dr. Erik Klein, Town Health Solutions; Dan MacIsaac, Kenmac Energy Inc.
On stairs (l-r): Brian Harriman, formerly of Alcool NB Liquor/Cannabis NB; Greg Hemmings, Hemmings House Pictures Ltd.; Vivek Sood, Sobeys Inc.
Guest enjoyed a delectable dessert buffet featuring a selection of macarons, cannoli, eclairs, brownies, lemon tarts and an ice cream sandwich station.
Live pre (and post) dinner musical offerings
Crowd-pleasing talents of magician Bill Peterson
One of the most appreciative attendees was Alex Boyd, executive director of Greener Village. The Fredericton charity, which offers a food bank, cooking workshops, greenhouse and gardens as well as education and advocacy, was named the Honourary Charity of the 2019 Top 50 CEO awards—a title that comes with a $5,000 donation. He’s shown here with the Presenting Sponsors (l-r): Brian MacIsaac, district VP for New Brunswick & PEI, TD; Krista Han, partner, Assurance Services, Fredericton, Grant Thornton; Hubert Hutton, publisher; Alex Boyd, Greener Village; Clarence Bennett, managing partner, Stewart McKelvey; Troy Harnish, regional VP, Atlantic Region, Rogers Communications.
For nine of the Top 50 CEOs, 2019 marked their fifth time winning the award—earning them induction to the Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame. Shown here with publisher, Hubert Hutton (l-r): Tom Hickey, ARCP; Don Bureaux, NSCC; Dr. Andrew Furey, Team Broken Earth; Jennifer Gillivan, IWK Foundation; Hubert Hutton; Bert Hickman, Hickman Automotive Group; Darrell Kuhn, Community Credit Union; Allan MacIntosh, Marco Group; Brent Scrimshaw, ALC; Mike Whittaker, Trucorp Investments Inc.
Celebrity emcee/host of CBC NB News, Harry Forestell with Tonia Sheridan, VP National Sales, Atlantic Business Magazine