The Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Cape Breton University (CBU) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), has released the names of its 2017 inductees into the Cape Breton Business & Philanthropy Hall of Fame.

The Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame was established in 2002 to honour individuals from the Cape Breton business community who paved the road for future generations in Cape Breton through business achievement and community involvement.  In 2016 the mandate of the gala evening was broadened to recognize prominent representatives of both the business and philanthropy communities.

This year we will induct two new members to the business Hall of Fame and two new members to the Philanthropy Hall of Fame. We will also recognize a committee or organization that demonstrates excellence in the fundraising field for worthy causes in our community. Individuals and organizations are selected from a publically submitted list of nominees who have established a legacy for the community in terms of commitment, time, energy, financial support and outcomes that have broadened opportunities for others and provided inspiration for new entrepreneurs and philanthropy.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation key volunteers and donors of the foundation will also be recognized during the gala evening

The 2017 individual honourees are: Dave Gillis (founder Gillis Building Supplies) and Joe Braunmiller (founder Ideal Foods) for the Business Hall of Fame, and Albert Maroun (Catholic Priest & retired CBU Professor) and Lou Maroun (founder Sigma Capital Corp) for the Philanthropy Hall of Fame.

The Philanthropy organization/event nominations are: 100 Women Who Care, Cape Breton Cordsmen, Rib Fest (Rotary Club), and United Way Winter Gala. The winner in this category will be announced at the “Hall of Fame” gala evening.

“This gala event is a means to recognize the attributes and generosity of long standing citizens and organizations whom have either grown successful enterprises or made significant contributions to the charitable sector and yet have never lost sight of responding to community needs”, said Hall of Fame Committee Chair, Darren Chiasson of MGM & Associates.

“Equally as important is the fact that these individuals and organizations are role models for young men and women currently attending university in our community. We want the students to know that while they are studying, the funds generated from the Business & Philanthropy Hall of Fame gala evening are for student awards to help them reach their goals, and in turn, encourage them to thrive and prosper in the local business community”, said Chamber Board Chair Rob Matheson

Scholarships and bursaries in honour of the inductees will be awarded to students continuing their program of studies in the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University.

The induction of the 2017 Hall of Fame members will take place on Tuesday evening, May 23, 6pm-9pm at a Gala Dinner at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.

Tickets go on sale April 10, 2017.  For more information, please contact the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce at 564-6453 or
For further information contact:

Adrian White, CEO

Sydney Area Chamber of Commerce




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