Newfoundland and Labrador is home to the 2013 Atlantic Lifetime
Achievement award recipient
HALIFAX, June 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Daniel "Danny" Williams will
receive the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 20th anniversary Atlantic Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of his
substantial achievements as a successful lawyer and businessman, and a
dedicated public servant.
"Danny's lifetime of public service and leadership, and his success in a
wide spectrum of business endeavours, is an inspiration for people not
only in Newfoundland and Labrador, but across Canada," says Jim Lutes,
Ernst & Young's Atlantic Canada managing partner. "He has always been
committed to his people and to his community, making sure Canada's
youngest province would be one of its fastest growing with booming oil
and gas, mineral exploration, marine and IT industries. He exemplifies
the words innovative, visionary and entrepreneurial."
Danny has been a lawyer since 1972. His entrepreneurial journey began
while at Dalhousie University law school, where he led a consortium to
land Newfoundland's first cable television licence. He built Cable
Atlantic into one of the largest communications companies in Atlantic
Canada, and was recognized as a top achiever in the marketplace. His
entrepreneurial ventures extended to community affairs initiatives when
he invested in golf courses and resorts throughout the province. In
2000, he decided to pursue a political career.
Danny was acclaimed leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of
Newfoundland in 2001. He was first elected to the Newfoundland House of
Assembly in 2001, and became leader of the Official Opposition. He led
the Progressive Conservatives to a majority government in the 2003
election and was sworn in as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. In
the 2007 election, the party won an even greater majority thanks to
Danny's record of achievement, taking 44 of the legislature's 48 seats.
In late 2010, Danny stepped down as premier, remaining a very popular
leader and influential Canadian. He continued to demonstrate true
leadership again when playing a key role to bring an American Hockey
League team back to St. John's. Danny is president and CEO of the St.
John's IceCaps, and a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Business
and Hockey Halls of Fame. He is currently developing 2,400 acres of
prime land in St. John's; it's the largest real estate development in
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Lifetime Achievement award
honours individuals who have made an enduring impression on the
Canadian business community and who continue to nurture and inspire the
next generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talent.
"This award is about more than just recognizing an accomplished
entrepreneur," Lutes explains. "Danny is a true nation builder who has
driven growth and development across Atlantic Canada through his
relentless efforts. What's more, he's nurtured the entrepreneurial
spirit through his mentorship and support of the next generation of
business and political leaders."
Ernst & Young will present this prestigious award to Danny Williams at
the Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala in Halifax on 3
October 2013. For 20 years, the event has highlighted the incredible
diversity of talent and vision across Atlantic Canada.
About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious
business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference
through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with
potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others
with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly
global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and
dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and
global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.
The program is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Canada this year. Over its two decades, it has had more
than 8,800 nominations, 3,100 finalists, 935 award recipients and 40
Lifetime Achievement awards.
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The 2013 World Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards will be held June 6 to 9 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Dr. Alan
Ulsifer, Canada's Entrepreneur Of The Year, will compete with more than
50 other country winners for the prestigious title of Ernst & Young
World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
Pacific, Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regional finalists for
the Canadian Entrepreneur Of The Year program will be announced in July
2013. These finalists will go on to compete for the Entrepreneur Of The
Year award in a variety of sector and other categories, with each
region naming an overall regional winner at awards galas in the fall.
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