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‘Peace by Chocolate’ entrepreneur appointed to Invest Nova Scotia board

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a photo with members of the Hadhad family, including Tareq (left)  in an undated handout photo.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a photo with members of the Hadhad family, including Tareq (left) in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Peace by Chocolate

A young entrepreneur who moved from Syria to Antigonish, N.S., less than two years ago with his family has just been appointed to the Invest Nova Scotia board of directors.

Tareq Hadhad will serve on the Invest Nova Scotia Board for a four- year term.

“We are thrilled to add Tareq to our team, given his unique experience and perspective,” said Kenneth Deveau, chair of Invest Nova Scotia in a news release.

“I look forward to working with Tareq and the rest of the board on identifying more smart, innovative projects that push our province forward.”

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Hadhad and his family opened Peace by Chocolate after arriving in Nova Scotia in December 2015.

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Hadhad’s father, Assam, ran a chocolate factory in Damascus before the family fled for Canada.

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Invest Nova Scotia was established in 2014. It acts as an independent decision-making board for granting economic incentives.

“Tareq will make an excellent addition to the Invest Nova Scotia Board,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business.

“Tareq’s enterpreneurial journey and experience building the Peace by Chocolate brand will be invaluable as Invest Nova Scotia continues to fund projects that build a stronger economy and create more jobs for young Nova Scotians.”