Membertou Development Corporation Receives National Inaugural Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Economic Development

Cape Breton University salutes the success of Membertou Development Corporation as the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation’s national winner for the inaugural award for excellence in aboriginal economic development.  The vision, focus and dedication of the Membertou leadership team represents Cape Breton’s entrepreneurial spirit at its best. CBU is proud of its long standing relationship with Membertou First Nation through the Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies and Unama’ki College.   Congratulations and continued success in all new ventures!
Dr. David Wheeler
President and Vice Chancellor  

Membertou, NS – March 19, 2014- Today, Membertou Development Corporation was named the inaugural winner of the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Award for 2014 by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Sodexo Canada.

Membertou Chief Terrance Paul says he is proud of Membertou’s development team and of this recognition.

“We are very honoured to accept this prestigious award,” says Paul. “It is our hope that winning this award creates increased opportunities for us to do business with both local and national organizations.”

The AEDC Award, which goes to an outstanding economic development corporation (EDC) and affirms the substantial value EDCs bring to aboriginal communities by way of employment, business development and revenue generation, is the first of its kind in Canada.

“This award reaffirms that our development team has been making smart decisions regarding our economic development initiatives for the past 25 years,” continued Paul. “Our team has been very successful in building relationships with government, industry and other aboriginal communities, which is a key role of economic development corporations, to create a better future for our community members.”

Since 1995, Membertou has successfully launched 13 aboriginal economic development initiatives; most noteworthy are the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, the Hampton Inn by Hilton Membertou and the Highway 125 Interchange.  Three new initiatives are expected to open in the coming year.

Membertou will be presented with the AEDC Award this May at the CCAB’s 2014 Gala in Calgary.

For more information on Membertou’s Development Corporation visit