Former premier Danny Williams is receiving a entrepreneurial lifetime achievement award.
A news release from Ernst and Young on Tuesday announced that the accolades, on the 20th anniversary of its Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award, would go to Williams “in recognition of his substantial achievements as a successful lawyer and businessman, and a dedicated public servant.”
Jim Lutes, Ernst and Young’s managing partner for Atlantic Canada, said in the statement, “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. 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.’”
History in business
Williams was Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier from 2003 until he stepped down in 2010. He led a consortium that landed Newfoundland’s first cable television licence, and built Cable Atlantic into one of the largest communications companies in the region.
He invested in golf courses and resorts, and after stepping down as premier he helped bring the American Hockey League to St. John’s with the IceCaps. He is working on 2,400 acres of land for residential development.
Williams will be given the award at the Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year gala in Halifax in October.
Williams was unavailable for comment Tuesday but released a written statement via a spokeswoman.
“I am deeply humbled and honored to be a receiving this prestigious award; particularly given the distinguished group of individuals who have been recognized previously. I have always been determined to give something back to this province, whether in public or private life. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are innately innovative and entrepreneurial by nature, and I credit any success I've had to the teams who have helped me achieve my vision for this province.”