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September 17th, 2009
Chief Terry Paul of Membertou was inducted into Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame at a gala banquet held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on Thursday evening, September 17th. The banquet was attended by 350 people from the Cape Breton business community.The Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding Cape Breton business leaders, to perpetuate and inspire the values of entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity and community leadership.
Chief Terrance Paul recently celebrated 25 years as the elected chief of one of the most progressive First Nation communities in Canada. “Mi’kmaw Chief Terrance Paul is a dedicated and highly respected leader in Nova Scotia,” said Joe Shannon, a well known Cape Breton business leader, when he introduced Chief Paul at the Hall of Fame banquet. He has been instrumental in facilitating economic development and has fought hard to preserve the Mi’kmaw culture and language for his community and the Mi’kmaw Nation.
Chief Paul’s vision and determination has guided Membertou to become one of the most progressive, efficient, and sustainable native communities in the country. Membertou was the first Aboriginal government in the world to attain ISO certification. The economic success in Membertou is a testament to Paul’s leadership and the confidence he has in his people.
Other individuals inducted into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame with Chief Paul were, Nelson Latimer, Marjorie Fougere, Jim Wilkie and the late Greg Lynch. Proceeds from the Business hall of Fame gala held each year go towards a scholarship fund at Cape Breton University. To date, the Chamber has raised $107,000 that has been donated to this scholarship fund.
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