Selecting Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO award winners is not for the faint of heart. It begins with the careful scrutiny of dozens of applications, continues with the vigilant grading of each nominee across five categories and concludes with a conference call to finalize results. It’s a gruelling two-month process that can easily consume up to 80 hours of a judge’s time. Yet, each year, members of our Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame volunteer to do just that. Atlantic Business Magazine would like to recognize the following for their diligence and dedication in selecting this year’s honourees.

Paul AntlePaul Antle
President & owner, Pluto Investments Inc.
Paul is a native of St. Johns, N.L., an award-winning serial entrepreneur and a graduate from the Harvard Business School. In 2014 he won an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Atlantic Canada and in 2015 was inducted into the Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame.


Wesley ArmourWesley Armour
CEO, Armour Transportation Systems. Wes actively promotes the trucking industry in Canada through membership in regional and national trucking associations. He is also involved with a number of private and public boards of other businesses and community groups. His company’s fleet has grown to include over 4,000 pieces of equipment, nearly 2,000 employees, 26 terminals and more than 700,000 square feet of public warehousing.


Dianne KeldermanDianne Kelderman
President & CEO, Atlantic. Economics/Nova Scotia Co-operative Council. An overachiever, Kelderman wasn’t just the first in her family to go to university, she went to five – including Harvard. She holds two master degrees and is working on a third. She manages a business portfolio of over $100 million, and is fiercely proud of the work she is doing to support small and medium size businesses across Nova Scotia.


Jack KellyJack Kelly
President & CEO, Bulk Carriers (P.E.I.) Ltd. Jack’s passion for business and innovation is evident throughout Bulk’s operations. Bulk Carriers is a leading transportation and logistics company hauling refrigerated freight throughout North America by utilizing leading edge technologies, listening to customer needs and delivering logistics solutions.


Francis McGuireFrancis McGuire
Former president & CEO, Major. Drilling Group International Inc. (August 2000-September 2015) Mr. McGuire serves on several Boards, including Major Drilling, Industrial Alliance and several privately held companies. During his career, he also served as New Brunswick’s deputy minister of Economic Development and Tourism under Premier Frank McKenna. In 2008, he was chosen by Atlantic Business Magazine as Atlantic Canada’s CEO of the year.


Carole-Ann MillerCarole-Ann Miller
President & CEO, Camsa Inc. Carole-Ann is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of success achieved across several distinct industries. Under her leadership, Camsa (formerly Maple Trade Finance) has become an accredited industry leader that has provided over $1 billion in working capital financing to over 900 Canadian companies with clients in 40 countries.


Anne WhelanAnne Whelan
President & CEO, Seafair Capital Inc. Anne Whelan, MBA, ICD.D, leads a diversified, growth-focused group of companies with roots in Newfoundland and Labrador. The company employs more than 700 people and operates in multiple sectors — home and community care, industrial, hospitality, and real estate. She was Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year for the entire Atlantic region in 2014.