Why Canada?

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by Linda Williams

It’s a fair question. And one we get a lot. 

I’m a Canadian by birth, now a dual citizen, who has spent the last 23 years in the US. Like many, I planned on going for a short time and then stayed. During my time in the US I lived in Arizona and Colorado and fell in love with the American West. 

My parents are high school sweethearts from Nova Scotia, and although they lived away for 30 years, they returned about 25 years ago and built a house on the ocean for their retirement. For the next couple of decades they spent summers on the south shore in Nova Scotia and winters in Naples, Florida, but are now in NS full time.

Prior to this past June I had never lived in Nova Scotia but from the time I was a child, we have visited extended family here. Summer overnights with grandparents, cottage getaways with aunts and uncles. When we lived overseas, we returned for a month every summer. Lobster feasts, blueberry ice cream, clams and chips… 

I have always felt deeply connected to the ocean and this rocky coast and every visit, no matter how brief, has felt like coming home. Bayswater Beach, where my siblings and cousins shared family picnics and dunking sessions, is three miles down the road from our house.

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When Jack and I got Deep Cryogenics International revved up last year, we started talking about insertion points for our programs. Manufacturing, marine, renewables, oil and gas, turbines, gears; the list goes on. We were looking for a place where the pump was primed for new technology. And after a couple of challenging years, we were also feeling the need for a fresh start. Nova Scotia fit in many ways.

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In addition, after being far-flung for decades, we were excited to live close to my parents and be able to share cups of tea, random deliveries of fresh haddock, and easy drop-ins at either house. 

We absolutely miss our adult “kids,” our friends, and our community in Boulder, but it has been a successful move in many ways. Canada feels like the right place to really dig in with deep cryogenics (hello, cold and frigid temperatures) and Nova Scotia has felt like the right province. We have been welcomed and it feels like the business has a foothold. And after sowing many, many seeds over the last several months, we should see some of them take hold and start to grow in the next quarter.