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ADS Beacon Awards: Leading us to the future of business

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In a rapidly evolving marketplace, it is essential to harness the potential of our leaders to help us navigate the changing waves. Leaders set it all in motion, and all of us in Atlantic Canada benefit from their expertise every day.

Leading the charge

Being a leader means ensuring our communities are prosperous. For ADS VP Derek Sullivan, this involves more than just doing great work:

“Being a leader is about creativity, imagination, and decisiveness. It’s a matter of empowering your team and community to be the best they can be, and turning visions for the future into realities. Sometimes it means stepping away from the beaten path, and taking risks you believe in to help make Atlantic Canada a better place to live and work.”

Pioneers for tomorrow

In the LEADERSHIP category, we are happy to announce our five award nominees, true trailblazers in the work they do to make our region as prosperous as it is today.

St. John’s International Airport Authority is Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest airport and premier gateway to the province. It has been steadily growing under its 10-year Expansion and Improvement Plan, which, once complete, will see an Airport Terminal Building that is close to 400,000 square feet. The Airport Authority is continually making strong technology investments to facilitate the economic growth and development of our region.

Recognized as the first Chamber established in North America, The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is a best-practice, business advocacy organization that continuously strives to make Halifax a more attractive city in which to live, work, and play. With approximately 1,600 member businesses and over 65,000 employees, The Halifax Chamber of Commerce acts to promote local business interests.

Based in Saint John, NB, Loch Lomond Villa Inc has been delivering long-term care for over 40 years. With over 400 residents currently calling Loch Lomond home, they offer holistic care that focuses on the unique needs of every individual. Their vision is of an inclusive, resident-centered community that encourages dreams, friendship and living with purpose. In 2015, the villa was newly constructed and renovated with technologies to accommodate and serve their community of residents.

With plastic packaging clients in over 70 countries on 5 continents, GN Thermoforming is renown globally as a leading manufacturer of thermoforming machinery and tooling. With comprehensive services in design consultation, material selection, and precision tooling, they offer exceptional customer service at every stage, from prototype development to post-sale customer support.

The Paint Shop is a leading home decor speciality store, offering diverse selections, design advice and planning, and installation. The staff at the Paint Shop deliver top-notch customer service across their locations in NS, NB and NL, and are well-versed in all of the latest new trends in paint, flooring, and design. From humble NL beginnings, the Paint Shop has expanded to become Atlantic Canada’s largest home decorating network through smart leadership choices and the right investments in technology.

Our big announcement

This wraps up our last group of nominees for the ADS Beacon Awards.

“It has been our honour to profile such tremendous businesses in diverse industries, and we hope that you enjoy hearing their stories,” says Sean Hartt, Senior IT Consultant at our Dartmouth office.

We will be announcing our award recipients in all categories in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for our exciting announcement!

Good luck to all of our nominees!

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