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Honorary Degree - Jean-Paul Deveau

2 October, 2015

Jean-Paul Deveau, BSc., B.Eng., M.B.A., Ph.D. (Hon.)

Jean-Paul Deveau

A 2015 inductee into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, Jean-Paul Deveau is the President of Acadian Seaplants Limited, a world-class biotech company specializing in cultivating and processing seaweed into technical products for global food, health & beauty, animal feed, and agricultural markets.

Under Mr. Deveau’s direction, Acadian Seaplants has grown to operate five processing facilities in Atlantic Canada and Ireland and employ more than 350 people in 8 countries, including 30 research scientists, many of whom work at the company’s Research Center in Nova Scotia. The company has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 13 consecutive years and is frequently recognized by government and industry for its innovation and accomplishments in management, environmental stewardship, business ethics, safety, export excellence, community service, and science and technology.

Jean-Paul Deveau is also recognized widely for his management style and role in running the largest biotech, seaweed product manufacturing company of its type in the world. In addition to his induction into the 2015 Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, he holds an Honourary Doctorate in Administration Sciences.  In 2011, he received the inaugural Spirit of Halifax Award from Destination Halifax and in 2012 the Halifax Chamber of Commerce named him Business Person of the Year. He also received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’s National Citation for Eco and Social Excellence and was named the Atlantic Region’s 2011 Entrepreneur of The Year in the Health Sciences Sector.

Mr. Deveau is a past chair and currently serves on the Board of BioNova (the Nova Scotia Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry Association).  He sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (Nova Scotia Chapter), is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture, and is a member of Council of the International Seaweed Association.  He was Chair of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax and serves as a member of the oneNS Coalition.

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