Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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March 05, 2007 - Moncton, New Brunswick

Armed with new contracts, strong business leads and
valuable hands-on experience in the New England market, a
group of women entrepreneurs from Atlantic Canada have
returned home from a successful three-day trade mission to
Boston. From February 25-28, the women participated in the
Atlantic Women Exporters Initiative trade mission to
Boston, organized by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
(CME) and funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency (ACOA).

Nova Scotia-based Kate Church Sculptural Puppetry and La
galerie Comeau made immediate new sales with Boston-area
clients while on the mission, as did Culinary Wines of New
Brunswick and Whirled Arts Castings Studio of Newfoundland
and Labrador. Several other mission delegates secured
promising leads for longer-term sales, and all gained
valuable knowledge of the lucrative New England market
during the many business-to-business meeting that were held
during the mission.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to trade development
because it creates jobs and boosts the economy of Atlantic
Canada,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Minister of ACOA. “The women who
participated in this mission know that exporting is vital
to growing their business, and I congratulate them for
pursuing that goal with such determination and enthusiasm.”

Senator Donald Oliver led the trade mission to Boston on
behalf of Minister MacKay.

“There were over 70 business meetings between Atlantic
Canadian companies and Boston area businesses during this
mission,” said Ann Janega, Vice-President of the CME
Nova Scotia Division. “For the delegates, including our
many technology-based companies, this represented a
tremendous opportunity to network with U.S. business people
and gain valuable insights into the local market.”

The participating women will now commence the after-care
part of the program with support from ACOA representatives
and mentors. During this phase, they will be guided through
the process of effectively integrating an export strategy
into their businesses.

ACOA has provided $227,000 to the Atlantic Women Exporter’s
Initiative through the Atlantic Investment Partnership and
the Women in Business Initiative. The Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade, through the Canadian
Consulate General in Boston, is also a partner in the
Complete list of companies participating in the 2006-2007
Women Exporters Initiative:

Prince Edward Island

• Brenda Noland and Amy Drolet – Cosmo Jewellery
Designs, Summerside (artistic jewellery designs)

• Margaret McEachern – Knit Pickers by Margaret
McEachern, Charlottetown (artisan knitter)

New Brunswick

• Ingrid Mueller, ArtContact Inc./Ingrid Mueller, Art
+ Concepts, Fredericton (fine art gallery specializing in
Atlantic artists)

• Joanne Caissie – Culinary Wines, Shediac
(manufacturer of liquid seasonings made from fermented

• Lisa Carrier and Sharon Carrier, Hometown
Communications, Lorne (rural-based call centres providing
support to U.S. magazine publishers)

• Denise Carrier – Linguitek, Edmundston (translation
specialist providing support to corporate marketers)

• Mary Ann Stevens, Owner – M.A. Stevens Inc.,
Fredericton (commercial industrial design firm)

• Trisha Coady and Lynn Casey – MedSenses Inc.,
Moncton (inventors of online and CD ROM-based nursing
education program)

Newfoundland and Labrador

• Deborah Bourden and Wilma Hartmann – AppleCore
Interactive Inc., St. John’s (interactive marketing
communications agency)

• Janet March – In Corp, St. John’s (technology
consulting firm)

• Siobhan Coady – Newfound Genomics, St. John’s (gene
disease research and discovery)

• Karen Furneaux – Whirled Arts Casting Studio, St.
John’s (professional mould making and production casting)

Nova Scotia

• Holly Bond – Bulldog Interactive Fitness Inc.,
Dartmouth (franchisor of youth fitness concepts)

• Kate Church, Owner – Kate Church Sculptural
Puppetry, Mahone Bay (artisan contracted by the Cirque du

• Odette Comeau – La galerie Comeau, Comeauville
(fine art reproductions)

• Faith Drinnan – The Oyster Group, Dartmouth
(technology-based magazine fulfillment firm)

• Rhonda Burke – the RED Group, Dartmouth (advisor on
contact management systems)


A group of women business owners from Atlantic Canada are
back from a trade mission to Boston with new contracts,
business leads and valuable market experience. They were
part of a trade mission to Boston that ran from February 25-
28. Nova Scotia-based Kate Church Sculptural Puppetry and
La galerie Comeau made immediate new sales, as did Culinary
Wines of New Brunswick and Whirled Arts Castings Studio of
Newfoundland and Labrador. It is expected that longer-term
sales will also be made as a result of the event. The trade
mission is part of the Women Exporters Initiative and
organized by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and
the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. The initiative
helps to prepare women entrepreneurs from across Atlantic
Canada to export their products and services through
training, mentoring, business guidance and after-care.


For more information, please contact:

Krista Kelly
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Tel: 506-851-2873

Ann Janega
Vice-President, Nova Scotia Division
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
Tel: 902-449-9002