Williams gets lifetime achievement award

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Danny Williams

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.”



Organizations: Ernst and Young, Cable Atlantic, American Hockey League IceCaps

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Halifax

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  • Ben Turpin
    June 10, 2013 - 20:44

    I am proud of Dan WIlliams, and Joe Smallwood. Wait - if you call them by their clownish baby names, you can't help but be more prouder of their achievements! We are proud to have had them, and their lopsided, childish, self-indulgent visions for us. "He is working on 2,400 acres of land for residential development." Lay down your chainsaw Danny, go up and get your reward bye, we are some proud of you. Here's to splits and williams, the two hardest-working looking-glass heroes to ever lead us to the promised land.

  • Huck
    June 08, 2013 - 16:29

    Don't be fooled; everything that Danny did was more for Danny's benefit than for anyone elses.

  • carew
    June 07, 2013 - 17:48

    Congratulations on the lifetime achievement award, all NL should be proud of your recognition.

  • gord
    June 06, 2013 - 22:28

    Any captain that jumps ship before docking doesn't impress me!

  • craig
    June 06, 2013 - 08:01

    Given that history will show that Danny Millions was more of an opportunist than he was an "achiever". He was elected premier after all the hard work in the oil patch was completed and revenues were about to start flowing and then when revenues were about to begin declining he quit. In his speech when he tendered his resignation he summed up why he was quitting at that particular time........in his own words.............."to ensure your legacy is kind to you, you have to know when to quit"! The "value" of this award can be summarized by looking at who/what gave the award. A look at the source reveals it came from his "friends in high places"! it should ring rather hollow to him, I know it does so to the average citizen of this province.

  • Casey
    June 06, 2013 - 07:11

    Way to go Mr. Williams, would love to see you back in NL politics.

  • Maureen Steele
    June 05, 2013 - 23:32

    Congratulations Danny, you deserve this award, you did alot for our province.

  • PhilE
    June 05, 2013 - 19:05

    Rich people patting each other on the pat....how nice it must be...

  • Don Lester
    June 05, 2013 - 18:55

    Congratulations Danny. This is an award you rightfully deserve.

  • Corporate Psycho
    June 05, 2013 - 17:17

    Tobacco lawsuit deals, land deals, mining deals for power, etc. someone needs to do more digging into Williams.

  • Casey
    June 05, 2013 - 16:36

    Congratulations Mr. Williams ! Keep your stick on the ice.

    June 05, 2013 - 14:23

    Well deserved and long overdue. Congratulations Danny.

  • Albert Webber
    June 05, 2013 - 13:07

    Should be called "The rip-off award"

  • Sharon
    June 05, 2013 - 11:13

    Congratulations Danny! You so deserve this award! You are one of the smartest most dedicated people Newfoundland has ever produced. WE are proud to have you here among us...