Business Hall of Fame: Moving worlds, Chronicle Herald, May 24th, 2012
Business Hall of Fame: Moving worlds
May 24, 2012 - 4:10am
ARCHIMEDES said he could move the world with a lever long enough. If that sounds amazing, so are the accomplishments of two Nova Scotians being honoured tonight for showing how worlds can be changed by leaders who are sufficiently determined, creative and passionate in their work.
Chief Terrance Paul of Membertou First Nation and Halifax engineer-developer Ben McCrea of Armour Group are being inducted into the Junior Achievement Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. Both have remarkably transformed the worlds in which they live.
As you can read in this Sunday’s edition of Herald Magazine, under Chief Paul’s leadership, Membertou has gone from a struggling, indebted community to a dynamo of progress, widely admired for its financial management and job creation in fishing, geomatics, insurance, conventions and recreation. In the 40 years since he founded Armour, Mr. McCrea has changed the face of Halifax for the better, downtown and in the business suburbs. Historic Properties, Founders Square and the in-progress Waterside Place have preserved heritage buildings and secured their economic future by integrating them with high-quality modern structures. Armour’s Park Plaza Corporate Campus in Dartmouth is a regional leader in energy efficiency and environmental design.
Rural Nova Scotia is a tough job-creation environment. Halifax is not an easy place to build, even when you’re trying hard to save history. But Terrance Paul and Ben McCrea have shown it can be done, and done well. For persevering, they deserve our thanks.