Cape Breton University to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Purdy Crawford

Mr. Joe Shannon, Chair, along with members of the Shannon School of Business Advisory Board and friends of CBU will gather together for a Cape Breton Island Golf Experience, as they remember their friend and former board member Mr. Purdy Crawford, C.C., (1931-2014) at one of Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the World, Cabot Links.

A Cape Breton Island Golf Experience will bring together top business professionals to raise money for the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. The Chair was created in 2010 to promote interest among Canada’s Aboriginal people in the study of business at the post-secondary level, while undertaking pure and applied research specific to Aboriginal communities.

“Purdy fully understood the importance of fostering the educational spirit among First Nation’s communities and was personally committed to ensuring that Aboriginal youth were provided the opportunity and access to higher education,” says Shannon. “Every penny raised from this event will go to support the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business studies and we feel that this is a wonderful way to help ensure that Purdy’s legacy lives on.”

The first-of-its-kind golf event for CBU will treat guests to a round of golf at the famed Cabot Links course, see them face a challenge and exclusive sneak peak at Cabot Cliffs, scheduled to open to the public in 2015, and attend dinner with special guest and keynote speaker, Rudy Giuliani, the 107th mayor of New York City.

“This event has attracted a number of Canadian and Atlantic Canadian business leaders” says Dr. David Wheeler, President, Cape Breton University. “The Cape Breton Island Golf Experience is another example of how CBU helps to make Cape Breton Island a global destination. To be able to do this in Purdy Crawford’s honour is very special for everyone at CBU.”

Cape Breton University is recognized as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education with more than 300 Aboriginal students and 700 plus Aboriginal graduates. Every dollar raised from the Cape Breton Island Golf Experience event will be matched by the Federal Government of Canada and will support and encourage Canada’s Aboriginal youth to study business education.

“Purdy Crawford was more than just a business man,” says Dr. Keith G. Brown, Vice-President, International and Aboriginal Affairs and holder of the Purdy Crawford Chair. “He was a husband, father, grandfather and a wonderful mentor to those around him. He was a man who understood the importance of a high quality education and was highly committed to ensuring that Aboriginal youth reached their full educational potential. It in an absolute honour to continue the work of the Chair in his name and to be a part of something extraordinary, that he helped create.”