Visionary co-founder, Pat Quinlan speaks to a bright future. - CBC Video Archives (1950s)
Turning the Tide Marine Industry Awards Industry Lifetime Achievement Award 2017: Pat Quinlan
In 1954, brothers Maurice and Patrick Quinlan of Bay de Verde created a fish buying station, selling fish landed on the nearby shores to other processing companies. Over the next seven decades, Quinlan Brothers Ltd. evolved into one of the largest seafood producers in Newfoundland & Labrador. A major player on the global fishing stage, Quinlan exports multi-species products to more than 20 countries worldwide.
In 2016, a fire destroyed the Snow Crab processing facility in Bay de Verde. This proved to be a pivotal moment for the company as the leadership team was faced with the decision to rebuild and continue to employ and support hundreds of people or shut down operations. Ultimately, the leadership team decided to rebuild and, just 12 months from the date of the fire, Quinlan was processing crab in the largest and most technologically advanced Snow Crab processing facility in the world.
With President & CEO Robin Quinlan at the helm, the company is navigated by a third generation of Quinlans. While methods and technologies in harvesting and processing have changed, the company’s mission and values never will. It has always been, and will always be, about providing the highest quality seafood products to our valued customers and maintaining solid relationships with all stakeholders from harvester to buyer, and everyone between.