A Celebration of Innovation and Leadership

Join us for our annual celebration of success, innovation and business longevity in our region. From young entrepreneurs to long standing Entrepreneurs – we take this opportunity to applaud and shine the light on the accomplishments of those who are making a difference in our business communities.

March 26, 2020

Networking & Awards Ceremony: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Individual registration: member $59 / non-member $79
Table of eight: member $400 / non-member $600

This year’s award recipients: 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Nevell Provo, Co-Founder & CEO, Smooth Meal Prep
Nevell Taijuan Provo was born in North Preston and is a hard working, driven young man. Nevill was an accomplished athlete in his youth having played basketball in Baltimore before returning home to partner with his family  to co-found Smooth Meal Prep. He has been recognized as an agent of change and recognizes that there are few businesses from the black community in Canada. He is proud to be apart of a new movement that will lead an entrepreneurial charge which will inspire others to take on business opportunities. Nevell is CEO of Smooth Meal Prep which offers low-carb and high protein meals for fitness and health-minded people which offers meals for those looking to lose weight, gain muscle or simply eat foods that are nutritious and accessible. He works with his mother and brother and now has seven staff and several volunteers, all from North Preston. the company has grown from a modest 10 customers to exceed $100,000 in revenue – and this has all happened in their first year of business. We are honoured to present Nevell with our 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year!
Business Advisor of the Year Award – Dr. Robert Blunden, Blunden and Associates.
Bob recently retired as Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Family Enterprise at the Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and Principal Consultant, Blunden and Associates. For over 30 years, he has taught family business and consulted to family businesses. His teaching and research interests are in Strategic Management and Family Business; especially in developing the common ground between the areas and in the application of strategic management to entrepreneurial and family business contexts. His international teaching, consulting and research activities have taken him to China, Latvia, Russia, Hungary, Jamaica and the Bahamas. His consulting activities focus on strategic planning, governance, professionalization and conflict resolution for families and family businesses. He is one of the founding members of Family Business Atlantic, formerly CAFE Nova Scotia and has served on the board of directors of several small and medium-sized businesses and organizations. He is an accomplished case writer and researcher and has helped illuminate issues around  family business succession, the nature of family business, and help define issues for family business. We are so pleased to present Bob with our first 2020 Business Advisor of the Year Award!
Outstanding Business Woman of the Year – Aileen Reid, founder, AP Reid Insurance

Aileen founded A.P. Reid Insurance back in 1980 after being told by her boss that she would likely never become a senior partner, simply because she was a woman. Aileen went out on her own with a vision to deliver personalized coverage to clients across Nova Scotia. She never wavered in this vision, often sacrificing personal time and sleep instead of lowering her goals and standards. Much of A.P. Reid’s success can be attributed to Aileen’s innovative and unique leadership style. She has not been afraid to take risks; instead, Aileen thrives on doing what her competitors balk at and is constantly breaking new ground in the industry. After leading the company for 25 years, Aileen’s son, Jamie took over the role of president in 2005 with a goal of taking the business beyond Nova Scotia, serving customers coast to coast. She has been recognized with many accomplishments and was recognized as the first woman and only eighth individual to become a Canadian Chartered Insurance Broker in Nova Scotia. She was also awarded the WXN’s  2010 Award Winner. FBA is thrilled to honour Aileen with our first Business Woman of the Year Award.

Come and celebrate the successes of these amazing leaders!

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Please submit your nomination(s) below for future awards candidates.

Nominations are reviewed by a volunteer judging committee. consisting of our Awards Luncheon Chair, Executive Director, a representative from our presenting sponsor and two members of our Board of Directors.

Award categories include, but are not limited to:
Advancement & Growth
Diversity & Innovation
Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The following is considered when qualifying recipients:

  • Mission, vision & values
  • Family business framework
  • Leadership
  • Community support & philanthropy
  • Company prosperity and development
  • Innovation
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Succession best practices