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If last night's 1996 Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneurship Awards
are an indicator of the region's economic climate, then the
entrepreneurial outlook is brightest in Nova Scotia, said
Economic Renewal Minister Richard Mann. Nova Scotians dominated
the annual awards presentation, winning five of seven categories. 

"Our congratulations to Hector Jacques, president and CEO of
Jacques Whitford Group Ltd, for capturing the entrepreneur of the
year award," said Mr. Mann. "As an international exporter of
services, Mr. Jacques has adopted quality and excellence as his
company's trademark."

With over 400 employees in offices in Canada and the United
States, Mr. Jacques also finds time to lend his business skills
to the Economic Renewal Agency, serving on several boards. He is
presently chairman of the Black Business Initiative, past
chairman of ERA's Trade Council and the Nova Scotia Business
Development Corporation. Mr. Jacques also won in the services

"Entrepreneurship is the way of the future and Nova Scotia's
future looks very promising," said Mr. Mann. "These entrepreneurs
are not only successful business leaders, they're also community
leaders, giving back time and effort to the communities that
support them," added Mr. Mann.

The Economic Renewal Agency assisted several of the winners and
nominees on their path to success, such as Acadian Seaplants
Limited of Dartmouth, winner in the high technology category,
EnviroSeal Engineering Products of Waverley and Satlantic Inc. of
Halifax, finalists in the same category; Plastics Maritime
Limited of Halifax, finalist in the wholesale/retail category;
and Able Electric Ltd/Trailblazer Saw of Halifax, finalist in the
Master category.

Together with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Economic Renewal
Agency helps promote entrepreneurship to young Nova Scotians and
the leader of the joint initiative was one of the finalists in
the supporter category. Chris Curtis manages the Centre for
Entrepreneurship Education and Development. ERA also promotes
entrepreneurship to students through its Youth Entrepreneurial
Skills (Y.E.S.) program.

Rick Emberley, Bristol Group Inc. of Dartmouth, finalist in the
services category, managed last year's successful G7 Summit on
behalf of the provincial government.

"I congratulate all the finalists for their valuable contribution
to the Atlantic economy every day of the year," said Mr. Mann.
"The sponsors also deserve credit for recognizing the importance
of entrepreneurship."


Contact: Linda Laffin  902-424-6810

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