by Morgan Peters

Congratulations to Fredericton Chamber of Commerce CEO Krista Ross, who has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs for 2020 by Atlantic Business Magazine. Krista was “presented” with the honour at a virtual awards gala in September. 

“It is well known in the Fredericton area and throughout the chamber network in Canada that Krista is a force of nature and a passionate advocate on behalf of her members and the entire business community,” said Bob Chisholm, Fredericton chamber president. “Our board of directors is very pleased that she is being recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine in this manner – she is a most deserving recipient.”

A total of eight individuals from the Fredericton area are part of the 2020 list of Top 50 CEOs. In addition to Krista, they are:

  •  Johanne Gallant, Fredericton International Airport
  •  Jill Green, Green Imaging Technologies
  • Asif Hassan, Simptek
  • Keith McIntosh, PQA PLATO Testing
  • Larry Shaw, Knowledge Park / Ignite Fredericton
  • Amit Virmani, Naveco Power
  • Pat Whalen, LuminUltra

“What makes this recognition particularly significant for me is the group of CEOs from the Fredericton area that are part of the 2020 cohort – I have so much respect for these individuals and am honoured to be in their company,” added Ross. “It is a particular point of pride that all eight of the recipients from our region are members of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce. These are all business and community leaders that continue to support our organization year after year and that lets me know that our team is doing something special.”

A letter of support signed by every Fredericton Chamber of Commerce board president that Krista has worked for during her tenure focuses on growing the organization through her positivity, member-centric attitude, inclusivity and ability to connect with people. It reads, in part:

“Throughout it all, Krista has not only fought for her members, but has also maintained a positive outlook … her emphasis on inclusion, diversity and welcoming newcomer entrepreneurs to both our chamber and our community…. all of this only works because of the (a) the genuine passion that Krista displays every day, and (b) the one-on-one connections that she is able to make with people. As a true leader, people are happy to follow because they know she’s passionate, they know she’s serious and they have a connection with her.”

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