Cape Breton Business and Philanthropy Hall of Fame

Business Excellence

Business Excellence

Inductees are recognized for outstanding business achievements over their lifetime body of work.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Inductees have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills.

Community Leadership

Community Leadership

Inductees have demonstrated community-mindedness and has contributed to public service or shared economic success within the community.

Provided Inspiration

Provided Inspiration

Inductees are widely respected by their peers and are considered role models for future generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Commitment to Community

Cape Breton Business & Philanthropy Hall of Fame Laureates have been committed to our community with their time, energy and mentorship, which in turn have broadened opportunities for others and provided inspiration for other entrepreneurs and passionate community minded individuals.

Business Hall of Fame

  • Business Excellence
    The nominee is recognized for outstanding business achievements over their lifetime body of work.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit and Action
    The nominee has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills by founding a business OR leading a business through change, expansion and/or to impact economic growth.
  • Inspiring Leadership
    The nominee has an extraordinary ability to influence people and events. They have achieved a high level of respect within the business community and are identified for their established vision and innovative thinking.
  • Community Impact
    The nominee has demonstrated community-mindedness and has contributed to public service or shared economic success within the community. Nominees have contributed to improving the quality of living in our community.
  • Legacy
    The nominee is widely respected by their peers and is considered a role model for future generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders, as well as others in business. Furthermore, they have also supported or assisted other businesses and entrepreneurs to become successful over their career.
  • Local
    The nominee must have been born, lived, and/or owned/operated a business on Cape Breton Island, have made significant contributions over their lifetime to influencing and growing the business community

Philanthropy Hall of Fame

  • Legacy
    Has established a philanthropic legacy in Cape Breton through the personal contribution of their treasure, time and talent to the charitable sector over a sustained period of 10 years or more.
  • Treasure
    This individual has personally made an outstanding financial contribution (one time or cumulatively) of $100,000 or more to the charitable sector.

Additional consideration will be given to candidates who, in support of meeting the primary criterion above, exhibit one or both of the following criteria:

  • Time
    This individual has a history of being connected to the Cape Breton community through local board service and/or volunteer work.
  • Talent
    The nominee has demonstrated community-mindedness and has contributed to public service or shared economic success within the community. Nominees have contributed to improving the quality of living in our community.

Philanthropy Leadership Award

Introduced in 2023, the Philanthropy Leadership Award is awarded annually to an individual/group that has had a profound effect on the Philanthropic sector in Cape Breton through fundraising, volunteering, and inspiring others to donate in the previous year. The award recognizes individuals/groups who have made significant philanthropic contributions despite it not being the primary objective of their career or organization.

This individual/group inspires charitable acts and encourages others to give. With their dedication to charitable causes, they inspire others and collectively advance the missions of organizations in the community around them. Their commitment leads to impact and change.
Either through commitment of time through volunteer work or by offering of talent to fundraise, this individual/group has deeply impacted the people who are served by charities and not-for-profits.

This individual/group supports projects and endeavors from which the people of (and beyond) Cape Breton benefit. They also may support efforts that are considered controversial, which will unlikely gain widespread support from the general public or the government.

This individual/group works to improve the well-being of the people in Cape Breton by helping to prevent and solve social problems. Others have taken notice of their contributions to a cause. They wield influence in their community and when they use that influence for good, it has a significant impact.

*This is an award based on philanthropic contributions in the previous year, not an induction into the Philanthropy Hall of Fame which is based on lifetime contributions.

  1. 2023

    • Bruce Marsh (Business Hall of Fame)
    • Dr. Eileen Pottie Forrester (Business Hall of Fame)
    • Jim and Roma Kehoe (Philanthropy Hall of Fame)
    • Cape Breton Building Trades and their Unionized Contractors (Philanthropy Leadership Award)

    2022

    • Bruce Meloney (Business Hall of Fame)
    • The Late Mr. Vic AuCoin (Business Hall of Fame)
    • Stuart MacLeod (Philanthropy Hall of Fame)

    2021

    • Brian Shebib (Business Hall of Fame)
    • Annette Verschuren (Philanthropy Hall of Fame)

    2019

    • Lori and Jim Kennedy
    • Bill Mozvick
    • Shelia Gillis
    • John and Jeanne Eyking (Philanthropy Hall of Fame)

    2018

    • Tom MacDonald
    • Susan Gallop
    • The Late John Yurchesyn
    • Martin Chernin (Philanthropy Hall of Fame)

    2017

    • Joe Braunmiller
    • Dave Gillis
    • Fr. Albert Maroun & Lou Maroun (Philanthropy Hall of Fame)

    2016

    • The Late Gordon Heading
    • Gerry MacKenzie
    • Joseph Shannon (Philanthropy Hall of Fame)

    2015

    • The Late Joe Barrington
    • Bette MacDonald
    • Arnie Rudderham
    • John & Ted VanZutphen

    2014

    • The Late Duncan MacIntyre
    • Raylene Theriault
    • Edgar Samson
    • Gary Wilson

    2013

    • Carol Beaton
    • Donald Morrison
    • Robert Sampson
    • Annette Vershuren

    2011/12

    • Warren Gordon
    • Rina Gouthro
    • Steve Lewis
    • Dave MacKenna

    2010

    • Sharon Salter
    • George Unsworth
    • Richard Warren
    • Wayne Weatherbee

    2009

    • Marjorie Fougere
    • The Late Nelson Latimer
    • The Late Greg Lynch
    • Chief Terrance Paul
    • The Late Kim Wilkie

    2008

    • Martin Cherin, O.C.
    • Doris MacDonald
    • Rankin MacSween
    • The Late Sid & The Late Jean Meloney
    • The Late Hugh Tweedie

    2007

    • The Late Stephen Kavanagh
    • James Kehoe, O.N.S.
    • Dr. Alastair MacLeod
    • Allan Pace

    2006

    • Joella Foulds
    • The Late Lloyd MacDonald
    • Stuart MacLeod Jr.
    • The Late Harold Schwartz

    2005

    • Avvie Druker
    • The Late Gordon Mercer
    • The Late Bruce & Doroth Rossetti
    • The Late Irving Schwartz

    2004

    • The Late John Abbass
    • The Late Simon & Kay Haddad
    • The Late Isobel & Daniel MacAulay
    • Marven, Norris & The Late Nathaniel Nathanson

    2003

    • Evelyn Davis
    • The Late Sandy Reeves
    • Joseph Shannon
    • The Late Ethel & The Late Harvey Webber

    2002

    • The Late Mike & The Late Christine Dezagiacomo
    • John Eyking
    • The Late Joan Harriss
    • The Late Jack Yazer, O.N.S., C.M.