Born during the Second World War to a family of grocers and wholesalers, Chernin has led efforts to modernize Cape Breton’s communications infrastructure and commercial real-estate sector. As president of Harbour Royale Development, Bentick Investments Ltd., Seaside Communications, Pearl Realty Limited, and Jackman Development, Chernin and his business partners develop the companies they invest in with a typically ‘hands on’ approach.
“CBU is delighted to bestow an honorary doctorate on Marty Chernin,” says CBU President, Dr. David Wheeler. “With his keen business sense, Mr. Chernin plays a vital role in the economic health of Cape Breton Island. He is a strong leader and role model for the students and broader CBU community and we are proud to now welcome him to the CBU family.”
Mr. Chernin is a dedicated supporter and friend of CBU, contributing to numerous CBU’s fundraising campaigns and events. He was inducted into the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame in 2008 and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015.
“I am very proud to be a Cape Bretoner and I am especially proud of Cape Breton University and the role it has played in helping young people build careers and futures on our island and beyond,” says Chernin. “To be recognized in this generous manner by the University is the finest compliment I could receive. I feel honored and excited to be a part of the May graduation ceremonies.”
Chernin has been an advisor and board member with many of Cape Breton’s important institutions. He chaired the Board of Governors at CBU, as well as Leaders of the Way with the Cape Breton
United Appeal. Chernin also contributes to national organizations, the Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee and the United Israel Appeal.
CBU’s Spring Convocation Ceremony is set for Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. at the Canada Games Complex.