October 8, 2010, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The staff of Halifax based Maple Trade Finance Inc. is pleased to announce that their President, Carole-Ann Miller has been named as a 2010 winner of the prestigious Women of Excellence Award in the Entrepreneur/Innovator category.
These elegant awards, the only ones of their kind in Atlantic Canada, are made annually by the Progress Club of Halifax in recognition of outstanding achievements in the various categories. This year’s awarded will be presented at a gala dinner in Halifax on November 18, 2010.
Carole-Ann Miller is the founding and incumbent president of Halifax-based Maple Trade Finance Inc. MTF is a leader in providing working capital solutions to Canadian companies, primarily in the trade and manufacturing sectors. Clients come to MTF because the company’s ability to structure flexible and often innovative financing solutions that are transactional in nature and reflect the creditworthiness of the client’s buyers and the strength of the transaction rather than the client’s balance sheet or operating history.
“It is an honour to be recognized through this award’’ said Ms. Miller, “which I believe reflects more the success and accomplishments of the Maple Trade team than of any individual accomplishment.”
It is not surprising that Carole-Ann Miller should be recognized for innovation and entrepreneurism. The establishment of MTF and its predecessor company, Atlantic Trade Finance represented a creative new approach to providing financial support to small and medium sized players in the manufacturing and trade sectors. The company has grown dramatically during its 8 years of existence, from two people working out of an office in their home, to one with some 20 employees, offices across Canada and through putting some $900 million of financial facilities per year.
Recognition is not something new to Carole-Ann Miller, MTF’s dynamic and very personable president. For the past 4 years, she has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s top 50 CEOs, serves on the Advisory Board of the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University, and on the Board of Trade Centre Ltd., a major crown corporation of the Province of Nova Scotia.
Maple Trade Finance is a unique company driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a recognition and appreciation of the value of cultural diversity. It is an innovative financial institution, in many ways, not just in its recognition of the value of a diverse workforce. The company has taken the best of the conventional banking industry, combined it with the flexibility of traditional factoring companies and created a fresh new approach to funding Canadian companies.