Born in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Mr. Chernin attended Sydney Academy High School and went on to study commerce at both St. Francis Xavier and Dalhousie Universities.
Born during wartime to a family of grocers and wholesalers, Mr. Chernin has led the modernization of Cape Breton’s communications infrastructure and commercial real-estate. As president of Harbour Royale Development, Bentick Investments Ltd., Seaside Communications, Pearl Realty Limited, and Jackman Development, Mr Chernin and his partners typically advance their by vision by taking majority control of the companies they invest in.
Mr. Chernin is a well-known and well-respected Cape Breton business leader and role model. When asked to explain how he and his associates have established one of Cape Breton’s greatest commercial hubs Mr. Chernin says simply, “We’re not quitters.”
Throughout his career, Mr. Chernin has been a valued advisor and board member for some of Cape Breton Island’s most important institutions. He has chaired the board of governors of Cape Breton University, and has chaired Leaders of the Way with the Cape Breton United Appeal and many other organizations. Mr. Chernin also contributes his efforts to national organizations such as the Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee and the United Israel Appeal.
In addition to supporting many community causes and organizations, Mr. Chernin is also a strong and dedicated supporter and friend of CBU, contributing to many of CBU’s fundraising campaigns and events.
In 2008, Mr. Chernin was inducted into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame and in 2015, he was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada. As quoted from his Order of Canada citation, “Martin Chernin has left an indelible mark on Cape Breton Island. His wide array of commercial investments has been influential in driving the region’s economy, particularly through his commitment to revitalizing properties in downtown Sydney. He is highly regarded for his advocacy in challenging fellow business leaders and governments to keep investing in the region.”
Mr. Chernin is an avid golfer. He resides in Sydney, Nova Scotia.