Andrea Feunekes, CEO of Fredericton-based Remsoft, has been named the new Chair of the New Brunswick Business Council.
Feunekes has earned a reputation as one of New Brunswick’s top CEOs. Under her leadership, Remsoft has become a world leader in optimized planning and scheduling for sustainable land-based asset management. From its base in Fredericton and through its Brazilian subsidiary as well as offices in Ontario and New Zealand, the company serves clients on six continents, collectively managing over half a billion acres of land.
Feunekes is an active volunteer in the community and serves as a Director with Opportunities New Brunswick and is on the Board of a global manufacturer in the paper industry. Passionate about reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, she is a member of The Gathering Circle, an organization working to improve relationships between the private sector and Indigenous communities in New Brunswick. She is a recipient of the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award, Startup Canada Adam Chowaniec Lifetime Achievement Award, member of Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, and was named an Edelman Laureate by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
“The New Brunswick Business council is a diverse, non-partisan group of leaders who care fiercely about working with others to build a better New Brunswick,” says Feunekes. “Council’s recent focus areas include how to build a more inclusive and growing workforce, expanding housing supply and affordability, Indigenous partnership in economic development, access to capital, and ensuring New Brunswick can compete in the digital and low-carbon economy. These are big, weighty challenges and I look forward to tackling them with our CEO, Council members, and other stakeholders throughout the province.”
Feunekes succeeds Bryana Ganong, President and CEO of St. Stephen-based Ganong Bros., as Chair.
“The last two years in New Brunswick and around the world have certainly been eventful. I have enjoyed my tenure as Chair, and I want to thank the members of the Council for their personal dedication to improving the lives of all New Brunswickers,” says Ganong. “We have much to be proud of in New Brunswick, and much work to do. Andrea Feunekes is more than up to this task, and I wish her well as the Business Council’s next Chair.”
Alex LeBlanc, President and CEO of the Council welcomed Feunekes to the role of Chair. “Andrea Feunekes is an outstanding business leader and has been a valuable member of the Council. As Chair, she will help advance causes that concern every New Brunswicker,” he says. “On behalf of all members of our Council, I would like to thank outgoing Chair Bryana Ganong for her commitment and sizeable contribution to our work as an organization. We are deeply grateful.”