Graham W. Dennis to be presented with Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2007 Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award

    Nova Scotia Publisher Receives Lifetime Business Achievement Award

    HALIFAX, Aug. 22 /CNW/ - Canada's longest-serving and eldest publisher,
Halifax native Graham Dennis, will receive the coveted Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2007 Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis
will be rewarded for his almost 54-year reign as publisher of The Halifax
Herald Limited at a gala presentation on September 19, 2007.
    "Mr. Dennis's determination and commitment to maintaining independence
and providing a voice for Nova Scotia are quite remarkable," said Joyce
Hoeven, director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program
for the Atlantic region. "His innovative spirit has led to the modernization
of the publishing business, to secure the future of these papers and their
    Dennis was introduced to the newspaper business at the age of five, when
he learned the fundamentals of customer service as a newspaper carrier. From
carrier to publisher, he has been exposed to all departments and aspects of
the industry. Dennis joined the family business full time after graduating
from university, and moved up to higher positions: from a member of the board
of directors to assistant to the president, to managing director. Dennis's
father, Senator William Henry Dennis, died in 1954, leaving the younger Dennis
to assume the role of publisher.
    Dennis and his family have made many personal contributions over the
years to causes that serve the benefit of Nova Scotians. Education, health
care, tourism and religion are key areas that the Dennises feel passionate
about. Dennis has funded scholarships and made generous donations to many
universities, including Dalhousie, Saint Mary's, Université Sainte Anne, St.
Francis Xavier and Mount Saint Vincent, among others. He also established the
Dennis Medical Fund in 1971 at Dalhousie University, for which he received an
Award for Outstanding Service in 1982.
    For his support to many organizations and charities, Dennis has received
countless awards and accolades, including the Order of Canada in 1984; the
Queen's Coronation and Jubilee medals; and the Salvation Army Humanitarian of
the Year Award in 2003. Dennis has also accepted honorary degrees from Acadia
University, University of King's College, Saint Mary's University, Mount Saint
Vincent University and St. Francis Xavier University.
    Now in its 14th year in Canada, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program was
founded by Ernst & Young to celebrate great entrepreneurs and heighten
awareness of the positive economic impact of entrepreneurial ventures. The
program is nationally sponsored by Global Television Network, National Post,
La Presse, RDI, Roynat Capital and SAP. As well, the Atlantic region sponsor
is Progress magazine.
    To learn more about the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007
Awards, visit
    The Entrepreneur Of The Year awards banquet for the Atlantic region will
be held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on September 19, 2007. For
more information about the ceremony and banquet, please call Liz Ness at

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For further information:

For further information: Nichola Petts, Media Relations, at (416)
941-1813 or; or Liz Ness, Entrepreneur Of The Year
Awards Program Coordinator, at (902) 421-6261 or

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