- Founder and Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to be honoured
at Washington, D.C. ceremony -
MONTREAL, March 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian business icon Isadore
Sharp has been selected to receive the International Horatio Alger
Award in 2013, the Horatio Alger Association of Canada announced today.
The International Horatio Alger Award is presented by the Washington,
D.C.-based Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc.,
to one individual from Canada each year who has persevered through
adversity to become a successful entrepreneur or community leader.
Recipients of the International Horatio Alger Award become lifelong
members of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada and serve as role
models for its young scholarship recipients. Mr. Sharp will be honoured
in Washington, D.C., during the 66th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Induction Ceremonies from April 4-6, 2013.
"Isadore Sharp is a man of exceptional achievement and a most deserving
winner of this award," said Dominic D'Alessandro, President of the
Horatio Alger Association of Canada. "His life story demonstrates what
it means to overcome difficult circumstances and achieve success.
Isadore is an example not only for today's youth, but for us all."
Isadore Sharp is the Founder and Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and
Resorts. The son of Polish immigrants, Mr. Sharp grew up in Toronto's
Jewish ghetto and moved 15 times by the age of 16. After working in
construction, he founded the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto in 1961, at
the age of 29.
Over the next five decades, Mr. Sharp grew Four Seasons Hotels and
Resorts into what it is today - a luxury chain boasting 90 properties
in 36 countries. Today, Mr. Sharp remains Chairman of the company,
which was taken private in a $3.4 billion transaction in 2007.
"I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this award," said Mr. Sharp.
About the Horatio Alger Association of Canada
The Horatio Alger Association of Canada, the Canadian affiliate of the
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is a
non-profit educational organization dedicated to the simple but
powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer
all obstacles. The Association honors the achievements of outstanding
individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and
who encourage young people to pursue their dreams through higher
education. The Horatio Alger Association of Canada currently awards
scholarships annually to deserving young people in Ontario and Quebec
and will expand its scholarship giving across Canada by 2015. Members
of the Association include Dominic D'Alessandro, David Foster, Wayne
Gretzky, Rebecca MacDonald, the late G. Wallace F. McCain, the Rt. Hon.
Brian Mulroney, Jim Pattison, Robert J. Schlegel, Prem Watsa and Rick
SOURCE: Horatio Alger Association of Canada
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