Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame

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Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame announces 2018 Laureates

2018 Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame Laureates

Stu Rath


Stu began his career in 1976 when he purchased Eastern Cablevison. In 1985, Stu partnered with John Bragg to purchase Halifax Cable. After the sale of his cable interests in 1995, Stu furthered his investment in several other businesses including an airport environmental service company, a wholesale and office supply company and an ice company. Stu believes that with success in business you have a responsibility to give back to your community. Stu has supported the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Rotary House and the Colchester Hospital. Stu's leadership ability is evidenced by his successful career in Cable TV and his experience on various Boards, most recently where NSBI. These initiatives have enabled Stu to provide advice to aspiring entrepreneurs to flourish.

“I am honoured to have been selected for induction into the Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. I would like to thank my Business colleagues who supported my nomination. I look forward to meeting my fellow inductees and learning more about the Junior Achievement program.” - Stu Rath, 2018 Laureate

R. Diane Campbell

Diane Campbell is President and CEO of Berkeley Holdings Limited, operator of four retirement residences in Halifax. Diane was born and raised in Halifax. She graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and received her Bachelor of Law Degree from Dalhousie University. Diane was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1968 and practiced law with Daley Black Moreira & Piercey for several years. She served on many boards, including Neptune Theatre, the Discovery Centre and was the Founding chair of the Victoria General Hospital and the Co-Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Door-to-Door Campaign. In 2013 Ms. Campbell was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

“It is such a great honour to be inducted into the JA Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. I feel privileged to join the ranks of the esteemed business people previously inducted, and to be considered a role model for youth who demonstrate entrepreneurial interest and leadership. As a business woman, I am delighted to be named a laureate and it is my hope that my induction will pave the way for other Nova Scotian women to earn this recognition.” - R. Diane Campbell, 2018 Laureate

Rob Steele

Rob began his entrepreneurial career in auto-related industries. In 1990, Rob divested his interest in the local franchise of Auto Trader magazines and used the proceeds to purchase the first auto dealership. He proceeded then to build the Steele Auto Group, based in NS, into the largest and most diversified auto group in Atlantic Canada. The Steele Auto Group is recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. While building the Auto Group, Rob also joined the Board of Directors of Newfoundland Capital Corporation (TSX-NCC.a, NCC.b) in 1997. In 2001, the Board asked Rob to take a leadership role at NCC were he has served as President and CEO ever since.

“I am pleased, honored and humbled to accept this induction to the Junior Achievement Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame and to join past recipients who I have admired and respected. A very special thanks to the nominating and judging committees for selecting me. I look forward to supporting and celebrating Nova Scotia’s young leaders and entrepreneurs.” - Rob Steele, 2018 Laureate



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