Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
NOW, MORE THAN EVER...
BY HEATHER MACKENZIE-CAREY
Barry Stevens, the founder of Stevens Solutions and Design (SS&D) a proudly Indigenous Company, has a secret he’s willing to share As a determined kid making money managing a trap line, working in a mill, and providing farm labor, Barry learned the art of self-reliance in Lunenburg County. With a passion for electronics and technology design, Barry braved the culture shock of Toronto fresh out of high school and trained as an . Engineering Technologist. He became a specialist in a small niche market offering technology solutions to clients across North America and beyond.
The return home was a conscious decision. Barry portrays a sense of awe when he describes how one doesn’t have to be wealthy to live a lifestyle rich in free recreational pursuits all within a short drive. Having traveled all over the world, Barry realizes what long-term residents of Lunenburg County may take for granted. You can kayak to remote islands, spend the afternoon on a sailboat, be an hour’s drive or less from critical core industries, and be a big player in the global marketplace. Stevens Solutions and Design has grown into a family business supporting three highly skilled people and two generations.
They focus on helping businesses reach their global potential by creating customized short films, video, and websites using 3D imaging, animation technology and communication tools. There’s a big market for this. Barry describes a web of entrepreneurs, consultants, and industrial manufacturers that ship product from Lunenburg County. You won’t see these businesses. They don’t have store fronts or high-rise offices. Unless you’re an employee, you probably don’t know where the factories are located. With an international airport, ports and multiple shipping options all within an easy commute, global connectivity is alive and well in Lunenburg County. Barry’s secret? In today’s virtual world, you can thrive in small communities and work globally. SS&D provides a model for the power of virtual business not only for indigenous communities but for anyone who wants a balanced lifestyle.