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Paul and Rose Grieco established P.R. Engineering Ltd. (PRE) in 1965 as a small family business based out of the couple’s home kitchen. Paul was a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he studied mining. After working in the industry for years, he began selling equipment to mining...

Paul and Rose Grieco established P.R. Engineering Ltd. in 1965 as a small family business based out of the couple’s home kitchen. After 50 years in business, the company has grown to one of the world’s most reliable ...

Fausto Finelli, founder and former president of Pacific Paving Limited (Pacific), emigrated from Italy to Canada in 1954 with his whole life packed up in one suitcase. Fausto had refined a skill set in construction, however, and started his own company in just four years.

Over the last 50...

Fausto Finelli, founder and former president of Pacific Paving Limited (Pacific), emigrated from Italy to Canada in 1954 with his whole life packed up in one suitcase. Fausto had refined a skill set in construction, however, and started his own company in just four years.

Over the last 50...

Partner Seafood Inc., headquartered in Shediac, New Brunswick, is an international business that focuses on marketing and production management, importing seafood from over 10 countries and exporting to over 40 countries around the world. Partner Seafood practices market-specific production in...

The pride Patterned Concrete Mississauga Inc. (Patterned Concrete) puts into each project is as apparent as the careful ridges and grooves that line the team’s finished handiwork. Patterned Concrete has been pouring and stamping concrete since 1990 when Dino Padula, vice president of PCM, his...

The St. Lawrence River spills into the Atlantic near the north shores of Quebec, creating an estuary that is home to an abundance of fresh seafood unlike anywhere on earth. The waters produce everything from whelk to snow crab, lobster to halibut, arctic surf clams, shrimp, turbot and more. In...

Since 1989 Pêcheries Belle Ile Fisheries Ltd. has been providing high quality seafood processing and packaging services to an international market. Based in Sainte-Marie – Saint Raphael, New Brunswick, the business is fully owned by local fishermen.

Approximately 90 percent of the...

When local newspapers found out Penguin Meat Supply sold the building its retail and wholesale distribution center had occupied for 53 years, it was a big story. Customers, politicians and local businesses flooded Penguin Meat Supply with phone calls, seeking...

First, let’s get this out of the way: Penguin Meat Supply Ltd. does not sell penguin meat. The company, which has been operated by the Michaluk family since 1964, processes and distributes just about every other kind of meat, however – including beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, bison...

More than 30 years ago, Ernie and Gladys Penner established Penn-Lite Electrical as a small electrical construction and service company in Steinbach, Manitoba. In 2008, Ernie and Gladys retired and decided to sell the business. Wilfried “Wilf” Sawatzky and a partner purchased the company and...

Pete Luckett established his first Frootique specialty grocery stall in a stand at Victoria Market in Nottingham, UK, one of many small vendors. Grateful for his initial success, though not satisfied and suffering from wanderlust, Luckett relocated to Atlantic Canada to build on his ambitions,...

Petrowest Corporation (Petrowest) was founded in 2006 to bring together a network of nine established energy and infrastructure service companies that formed Petrowest Energy Services Trust. In July 2011, the company officially transitioned into a publicly listed corporation on the Toronto Stock...

PF Custom Countertops (PFC) has been creating stunning surfaces since 1969, when Otto Holzapfel established the business. Otto came to Edmonton, Alberta, as an immigrant and began working at Clark Lumber in the city. The business inspired him to learn about a new product on the market, post-form...

Certain products must deliver top performance. Downtime isn’t an option for life-saving medical equipment such as pumps, defibrillators, ultrasound probes and pace makers. The same goes for military applications including jet...

Since 1997 PharmaNutrients Botanical Corporation has been providing quality ingredients and expertise to clients in the nutritional supplement industry. Wayne Hachie, founder,...

As one of several well-integrated companies within the Atis Group Inc., a leading manufacturer/marketer of windows and doors, Phoenix Glass Inc. fabricates and installs architectural glass and aluminum products for residential high-rise developments, commercial buildings and retail properties...

Cap-Pele, New Brunswick, might seem like a sleepy seaside fishery town on the surface, but the area is actually home to one of the largest lobster distributors in Atlantic Canada. At any given time there are hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of lobster and fresh seafood being processed and...

Doug Pearce, current president of Pier-C Produce Inc., co-founded the company after his family’s business, K&M Produce Distributors Inc., changed ownership. Pearce began his career at age 15, when his uncle and father offered him a job working in the family business. “Not everybody gets that...

Mark Fournier, president of Piscines Bonaventure Inc. (PBI), grew up in the pool business. His maternal grandfather owned a company at which Mark’s father, Claude, began working at in 1957. It wasn’t until 1989 that Claude founded Quebec-based PBI as his own venture, of which Mark is the sole...

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