FREDERICTON (GNB) – Opportunities NB celebrated the province’s top performing exporters at the 55th annual Export Awards in Fredericton on Thursday.

“Expanding exports drives the development of new opportunities in New Brunswick,” said Arlene Dunn, minister responsible for Opportunities NB. “The Export Awards are a celebration of the top exporters in our province and the event showcases these companies and their homegrown innovation to the world.”

The winners were selected by a volunteer panel of business experts from academia and the private sector through a scoring system. New this year was the Sustainable Exporter of the Year Award, which recognizes a company that has leveraged sustainable practices to enable export growth.

“We have many great export success stories in New Brunswick,” said Traci Simmons, acting CEO for Opportunities NB. “Companies from every corner of the province are reaching new markets and seeing international success. Our annual awards gala shines a light on these successes, while also recognizing the significant economic contribution of our exporting industries.”

The 2023 award recipients are:

  • Exporter of the Year Award – over $5 million in export sales: Corey Nutrition Company Inc.
  • Exporter of the Year Award – under $5 million in export sales: NorthTaste Flavourings Ltd.
  • Global Diversification Award: Bulletproof
  • Innovative Exporter of the Year Award: Chinova Bioworks
  • The Yves Maillet Emerging Exporter of the Year Award: Passiv Inc.
  • Opportunities NB Impact Award: Marshall Canada
  • Sustainable Exporter of the Year Award: SHIFT Energy Inc.

Dunn said these companies are significant contributors to the provincial economy, with nearly $1 billion in export sales.

“ACOA is proud to support initiatives like the Export Awards that celebrate and renew the spirit of entrepreneurship in our region,” said federal Official Languages Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who is also minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Congratulations to all the nominees and award recipients. Thank you for thinking beyond borders to grow your business and create new opportunities for Atlantic Canada in the global marketplace.”

Opportunities NB is a Crown corporation and the lead economic development agency for the province. It seeks to attract and support opportunities to stimulate economic growth and create jobs by providing support services for businesses.