october 12-13, 2016
Holiday Inn
St. John's, NL




The CEO’S Panel is a moderated discussion with leading C-Suite Executives in Newfoundland and Labrador on the growth of business in today’s challenging economic climate. With a sluggish global economy and stagnant commodity prices, the CEOs will discuss how they have managed forward progress in their respective industries. Our moderator will explore with the CEO’s how the diversification of markets – both in terms of geography and product – have contributed to success; how innovative approaches have helped to increase productivity or open new doors; and what opportunities they see for Newfoundland and Labrador’s businesses, here and abroad, given a new national focus on clean technology and environment.


Paul Antle

President and CEO, Pluto Investments Inc.
Chairman of the Board, West Mountain Environmental

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Paul Antle was born and raised in St. John’s. His father, Joe, owned and operated Antle’s Irving on Torbay Road. That’s where Mr. Antle got his first taste of business – pumping gas and helping out.

Mr. Antle graduated from Memorial, then did a master’s degree in engineering. After graduating, he saw an opportunity to create his own small business – selling dangerous goods labels and placards. He started in his mother’s basement. It took a few years of grinding away, but eventually he was able to move out and hire a few people.

From there Mr. Antle went on to help pioneer environmental industries in Newfoundland and Labrador – developing and exporting environmental technology to 4 continents and working in some 15 countries. Over time he established larger businesses, diversified into other industries, and invested in a number of start-up ventures to help them grow.

Mr. Antle went on to graduate as co-valedictorian from the Harvard School of Business. In 2015 he was inducted into the Atlantic Business Hall of Fame, and in 2014 Ernst & Young recognized him as an Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year for growing St. John’s-based Pluto Investments Inc., a small holding company, to a large, diversified portfolio, which includes the 130-year-old St. John’s Dockyard with its unionized workforce of hundreds.

Mr. Antle was the recipient of a Canada-China Business Council Excellence Award for his efforts in introducing Canadian environmental technology and know-how to China. He has also been named a World Young Business Achiever, one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40™, and inducted into the Academy of Entrepreneurs.

Mr. Antle has served as a mentor with Memorial’s Faculty of Business Mentorship Program. He has also chaired a Special Advisory Group on International Trade and was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Round Table on the Environment and Economy. He currently sits on the board of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Currently, Mr. Antle chairs the Rainbow Riders’ Raise It Up Campaign, leading its efforts to raise $6.0 million to expand the therapeutic horse riding services it offers to children and young adults with disabilities. He is a very active supporter of the Salvation Army, Stella’s Circle, the Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Bannerman Park Foundation.

Mr. Antle has three children with his wife, Renee.

Michael Hanrahan

President and CEO, petroforma laboratories
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Michael Hanrahan is the President and CEO of petroforma laboratories in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. After an acquisition in early 2014, petroforma laboratories became the largest commercial lab in the province serving the energy, food, fisheries, mining, municipal government, health and environmental sectors. petroforma has a gender balanced and ethnically diverse workplace.

In 2015 and 2016, Michael was named by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada and in 2016 he was named the Employer of Distinction by the Newfoundland & Labrador Employers’ Council.

He has held leadership roles in both the public and private sector and been part of the management team on two of the largest energy projects in Atlantic Canada. Michael sits as a Director of the Norwegian-head quartered Glamox and Singapore-owned Swire Pacific Offshore Canada Limited. He has advised the Senate Committee on Energy, Bank of Canada, National Energy Board, and Petroleum Oil Company of South Africa.

Michael has completed studies and executive development courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland, McGill University, York University, Rutgers University and Babson College.

David Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer, Pennecon Ltd.
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David brings over 20 years of progressive management and construction experience to his role as CEO. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Memorial University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University, along with a variety courses in management and leadership training. David is committed to the sustainable growth of Pennecon Limited through integrated risk management and corporate governance procedures. Outside of his work with us, David is an avid sailor, a member of the Masonic Order and a Shriner.



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