–Cooke Aquaculture Builds on the Past to Create a Workplace of the Future-

October 3, 2019 – SAINT JOHN, NB—The City of Saint John and Develop Saint John have announced that Cooke Aquaculture is this year’s recipient of the 2019 Developer Award to be presented at the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce’s 35th annual Outstanding Business Awards on October 10th at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre.

Cooke is being recognized for transforming a former synagogue located at the corner of Carleton Street and Wellington Row into innovative and collaborative workspace for up to 60 employees.

Created in 2018, the Developer Award recognizes real estate development projects that have demonstrated excellence in adding value to the Saint John community.

“We are thrilled to be presenting the Developer Award to Cooke Aquaculture for their amazing transformation of the former synagogue. They have created an incredible workplace that exemplifies how the structures we create make our neighbourhoods better and our community stronger,” says Saint John Mayor Don Darling.

“The City of Saint John is open for business,” says Steve Carson, CEO of Develop Saint John. “We are here to grow the tax base by helping organizations, developers and investors imagine the art of the possible, elevating development projects from good to great. Cooke Aquaculture saw the potential of this provincial historic site and its central location to reimagine how it could be at the centre of a new vision – creating an innovative campus-like setting to attract and retain today’s top talent.”

“There is tremendous momentum in our region, with many outstanding development projects happening right now,” says David Duplisea, CEO of The Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased to partner with the City of Saint John and Develop Saint John in celebrating development projects that are making our community stronger.”

Cooke Aquaculture was recently notified of their upcoming recognition.

“We are honoured to have the renovation and restoration of the former synagogue recognized by the City of Saint John and Develop Saint John,” said Joel Richardson, Vice President of Public Relations for Cooke Aquaculture. “We were fortunate to work with terrific professionals like Glenhar Builders, Johnson Engineering, and architect Robert Boyce who shared the Cooke family’s vision for preserving the building’s architectural features while turning it into a workspace that can meet the needs of our fast-paced and growing team.”

A selection committee made up of representatives from the City of Saint John and Develop Saint John chose the development project based on its merit in the following areas: urban and architectural design; benefits to the community; as a catalyst for other development; innovation and problem solving; and commercial success. Only development projects that met the eligibility requirements were considered for the award, which required projects to have occurred within the City’s Primary Development Area, achieved occupancy from September 2018 to August 2019, and be free from municipal enforcement issues. Public sector buildings were ineligible for the award.

Tickets for the evening can be purchased by visiting the Saint John Chamber website at or calling 634-8111.

Cooke Aquaculture – interior, photo supplied.

Cooke Aquaculture – exterior, photo supplied.

Cooke Aquaculture – interior lunch room, photo supplied.


Media Contacts:

Lisa Caissie, City of Saint John (506) 648-3714

Christine Comeau, Develop Saint John (506) 649-6069

Joel Richardson, Cooke Aquaculture Inc (506) 721-1093


Develop Saint John’s mission is to grow the tax base in Saint John by relentlessly creating and seizing strategic real estate opportunities and getting deals done. Its mandate is to grow the City’s tax base and improve the quality of life for citizens. It is led by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of government, community leaders and private sector representatives.