Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates Moosehead Breweries’ Derek Oland New Brunswicker receives lifetime achievement award
(Halifax, 7 September 2011) – Derek Oland has received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his substantial achievements at the helm of his sixth-generation family business and in the wider community.
“Derek not only continued a family tradition of success by leading Canada’s oldest and largest independent brewery, but also created a brand that is now recognized around the globe,” says Joyce Hoeven, Director of Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Atlantic region. “He has helped promote the responsible use of alcoholic beverages and guided the brewing industry to a position where the rights of both non-users and moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages are respected and protected. He is an example of sustainable development and social responsibility.”
As a teenager, Oland worked in the Moosehead’s bottle shop, but his true entrepreneurial journey at the company began in 1961, when he was only 22 years old and fresh out of university. He held a number of sales and marketing positions with the company before becoming president and CEO in 1982. Olan was instrumental in broadening Moosehead's horizons, with moves into the US market before taking the brand global. Oland was appointed chairman in 1997.
In addition to his responsibilities at Moosehead, Oland is chair of the G. Wallace F. McCain Institute for Business Leadership at the University of New Brunswick. He is also active in community affairs, recently serving on the Imperial Theatre Campaign Committee and the Saint John Business Anti-Poverty Initiative.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Lifetime Achievement Award honours individuals who have made an enduring impression on the Canadian business community and who continue to nurture and inspire the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talents. These are traits that Oland has exemplified throughout his career, and for which he was elected to the Junior Achievement New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame and named an officer of the Order of Canada.
Ernst & Young will present this prestigious award to Derek Oland during the Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards banquet in Halifax on October 13, 2011.
This year’s national program sponsors are National Post, La Presse and RDI. The Atlantic region program sponsor is Progress Media, and the table patrons are Royal Bank of Canada, McInnes Cooper and the Marriott Halifax Harbourfront Hotel. For regional banquet ticket information, please contact Jamie Roche at 709 570 8274.- 30 -
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