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Beth Hatt is the founder of Aquila

Beth Hatt is the founder of Aquila.

Beth Kelly Hatt, founder of Aquila, has built a company that believes strongly in ensuring there is ‘happiness in the workplace’. Aquila is a Saint John company that specializes in creating and sustaining tourism excellence. Each year Aquila creates engaging experiences for almost 60,000 travelers cruising in Atlantic Canada.

Beth established Aquila in 1982 as a seasonal company offering city tours to visitors. Beth’s passion for the tourism industry and motivation to move her company from ‘good to great’ has accelerated the growth of the company over the last 35 years. Aquila is now an established leader setting standards for the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

#SaintAwesome: Invested in putting Port City on the map

Victoria Clarke is the executive director of Discover Saint John. Photo:

Victoria Clarke is the executive director of Discover Saint John. Photo: Julia Wright

Victoria Clarke, a self-proclaimed CFA (come from away), grew up in southern Ontario. Her parents, both New Bruswickers, gave her summers and Christmases in Nashwaak Bridge with her beloved grandparents.

A well-known figure in the Saint John community who has developed a “love affair with the city”, Victoria was a Director with the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation before taking the lead at Discover Saint John (DSJ) two years ago.

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A collaborative agency bringing key players together

Martin Chiasson outdoorMartin Chiasson, president of Loosen Up Consulting Inc., assists and empowers his clients to develop creative employee and customer engagement strategies. Martin is well qualified after a highly successful 31-year career with Xerox Canada in senior leadership roles in sales, finance, customer service and sales management training. Prior to retiring from Xerox in December 2013, Martin led the start up of three different contact centers in Saint John for the corporation. Read the rest of this entry »

Continuous learning to tackle increasingly complex situations

Kelly_VanBuskirkThose who know Kelly VanBuskirk know that he works very hard, gives generously and has an insatiable curiosity that fuels his research and writing.

Kelly was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 1993 and has practiced extensively in the field of civil litigation, focusing primarily on labour, employment law and human rights. He became a partner at Lawson Creamer in 1996. In recognition of his extensive accomplishments and contributions, Kelly was given the designation of Queen’s Counsel in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Leader’s job is to embrace risk

With an impressive filmography dating back to 2013, Craig Norris, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and owner of VideoBand Productions, is now known as the documentary film guy.

His film work primaCraig Norris,, Bio Pic, Landcaperily focuses on issues that relate to the environment, conservation and climate change and has been featured at international film festivals, exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum and has toured nationally with Dr. David Suzuki. Read the rest of this entry »