To the University community,
Today, Cape Breton University is mourning the significant loss of one of Cape Breton’s most notable businessmen and philanthropists, Mr. John Eyking.
Mr. Eyking first immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1953 and met his long-time wife, Jeanne, who also immigrated to Canada from Holland that same year. The two met through mutual acquaintances in the local area and, together, built one of the most significant agricultural operations in Atlantic Canada.
Throughout the years, Mr. Eyking had been a founding member or had held executive positions of associations such as the Cape Breton Farmers’ Cooperative, the Cape Breton Federation of Agriculture, and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, just to name a few. He was a leader in developing a supply-managed system for egg and poultry production in Canada and had served on several provincial and national boards.
Mr. Eyking, along with his wife Jeanne, received honorary degrees from Cape Breton University and, to this day, the Drs. John and Jean Eyking Scholarship continues to support students with an interest in business studies.
The contributions Mr. Eyking and his extensive family have made to the community, and to our country’s agricultural sector, are deep-rooted and have impacted a significant number of people. His philanthropic work in supporting local charities, generations of meaningful employment for Cape Bretoners, and his guidance and mentorship have inspired countless students and business leaders. Mr. Eyking’s character, hard work and determination are a demonstration of the impact he has had on this community, and beyond. He will be greatly missed.
Please join me in sending sincere condolences to the Eyking family.
Yours very truly,
David C. Dingwall
President and Vice-Chancellor