EY Canada has named seven winners in the Atlantic division of the 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

The global consultancy this week revealed the winners for all Canadian regions, including the Atlantic winners. These regional winners will now move forward to compete at the national awards celebration in November, where 10 national winners will be named.

These winners will include Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Award winner. The overall Canadian winner will go on to compete with national winners from across the globe for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in June 2022.

“It’s amazing to see so many entrepreneurs in the Atlantic region driving forward with purpose to create meaningful value for their customers and communities,” Gina Kinsman, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Atlantic Program Co-Director, said in a statement. “The social, economic and environmental change they’re creating for their stakeholders is inspiring.”

The seven Atlantic winners are:

  • Steen Gunderson of Bouctouche, NB-based Bouctouche Bay Industries, a marine and aquaculture supplier;
  • Karl Kenny of St. John’s-based Kraken Robotic Systems, a marine technology company that makes advanced sonar and laser sensors and systems;
  • John Williams of Nutra Holdings of St. John's, which has developed a sports nutrition platform with over 100 products and millions of customers around the world;
  • Darren Burke of Dartmouth-based Outcast Foods, which makes a nutritional powder out of aging produce that retailers would otherwise have thrown out;
  • Tareq Hadhad of Antigonish, NS-based Peace by Chocolate, a speciality chocolatier that reopened in Canada after being forced to flee Syria during the country's civil war;
  • Barb Stegemann of Halifax’s The 7 Virtues Beauty, which makes clean, vegan and sustainably sourced perfumes using ingredients from nations rebuilding after war or strife;
  • And Andy MacLellan of Halifax-based marketing agency VERB Interactive, which specializes in the travel industry.