2017 Laureate Announcement
Three of New Brunswick’s most prominent business leaders have been named to the Junior Achievement New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame. Andrea Feunekes, Brian Flood and Roméo Goguen will be inducted at the 21st annual gala event, which will be held at Casino New Brunswick on November 2nd.
“Our 21st gala event will see the induction of three inspiring leaders into our province’s Business Hall of Fame,” says Connie Woodside, President and CEO of Junior Achievement New Brunswick. “This year’s inductees each followed different paths in business, but all three of them have important traits in common – including leadership, vision, and focus – all things we strive to instil in the Junior Achievers we work with every day.”
Andrea Feunekes is the CEO, President and Co-Founder of Remsoft Inc., a Fredericton-based technology company that has grown into a world leader in the field of sustainable resource management over the past 25 years. Through Andrea’s leadership, Remsoft currently serves over 200 clients on six continents, managing over half a billion acres of land assets in forestry, utilities and other resource sectors. Andrea’s previous awards include RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (2005), a KIRA Award for Industry Leader (2011) and the Startup Canada Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement award for the Atlantic region (2015).
Brian Flood is a lifelong New Brunswick resident. In 2001, Brian became the business founder and CEO of tech start-up Q1 Labs, a security intelligence software firm that over a period of ten years, grew to employ hundreds of New Brunswickers. In 2011, Q1 Labs was bought by IBM in what would become one of the largest acquisitions in New Brunswick’s history. In addition to his professional life, Brian, a graduate of the University of New Brunswick, is a published author and celebrated athlete; the winner of five Canadian and two U.S. national rowing titles.
Roméo Goguen is the founder of Wildwood Cabinets, a Moncton based company, which since 1976 has grown to have installed over 50,000 kitchens, built millwork for over 400 Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada and has shipped product as far as Bermuda and Dubai. In addition to manufacturing, Roméo became involved in the real estate sector, developing hundreds of properties through his company Mapoma. Roméo is a past president of the Moncton Home Builders Association and was the 2014 winner of the Tim Hortons Manufacturer of the Year Award, as well as a Diamond and Gold award winner (2014) from the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada.
“This year’s group of laureates are business leaders in three very different industries,” says Britt Dysart, Chair of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement New Brunswick. “Together they have had an important positive impact on our province.”