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Success Stories

New Brunswick

Asha's Alteration
Being a seamstress is truly an art form in its own right. To be able to take a garment that is ill fitting and turn it into a wearable piece of clothing takes great skill and talent, and Asha Ramdhanie, owner of Asha’s Alterations in Rothesay, NB, knows exactly how to perform miracles with thread and needles.

Motel Cleo O Spa: The Ultimate Getaway Destination
Tucked away at 470 Acadie Boulevard in Edmunston, NB, lies one of the best relaxation getaways in northern New Brunswick, namely Motel Cle O Spa. With 9 magnificent, fully equipped and tastefully decorated non-smoking rooms and wonderful spa services available on the same premises, it’s no wonder that Sylvie Morneau is proud of her establishment.

Mitchan Sushi Inc.
If 5 years ago someone had told Michiko Takatsuka that she would own and operate her own Japanese restaurant in Caraquet, NB, she would have most likely laughed and told them they were crazy. However, on May 12, 2005, that’s exactly what she did.

Nova Scotia

The Scoop on VIP
Glen Aylward owns "Aylward Fibreglass" and he’s onto a good thing. It’s called VIP, which stands for ‘vacuum infusion process’ and it’s revolutionizing the way boats are being built or refitted.

What Does A Doula Do?
The word ‘doula’ (pronounced doo-la) is new to most people, but Laurie Brannen from Stoney Island is doing her best to make it become a household word. It’s Greek, meaning "woman who serves".

Lisa's Laser Care - Lisa Jeffery
Lisa Jeffery wanted to open her own laser clinic to help women enhance their beauty. “But I didn’t think I could do it or afford it, because the machines were so expensive,” she said..



Genoa Design International Ltd.
In 1995, the concept of Genoa Design was born. Mr. Leonard Pecore was its founder, who, armed with a Diploma of Technology in Naval Architecture and ten years of navy experience, began working from his home in Conception Bay South as a consulting naval architect.

The Sewing Room
Ms. Sarah Kilfoy and Ms. Millicent Hooper were always interested in sewing. At first, sewing became a hobby for the two sisters. Then in 1996, Millicent decided to take her hobby a step further and enrolled in a two-year Textile Production course.

Christie Day
Christie Day is involved with what may be seen as somewhat of a non-traditional occupation, the fishing industry. She has been involved in the fishery since 1996 when she was a crew member on her father’s boat.

Prince Edward Island

Anne Gallant - an artist
From a very young age, Anne Gallant knew she wanted to be a painter. After studying at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, she went to Toronto to learn graphic design.

Hanoverian Farm
"For the 9th time Hanoverian's are awarded the "Best of all" Trophy of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. First place in dressage and third place in show-jumping as well as second place in eventing secured the leading position among riding horse breeds all over the world."

W.P. Griffin
W.P. Griffin is a family owned and operating farming and packaging facility located in Elmsdale, Prince Edward Island. Their farming business has grown to be a leading producer in specialty potato products.  


The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is pleased to provide financial support to the CBDCs in Atlantic Canada.