November 15th, 2007
By Greg McNeil
Cape Breton Post
SYDNEY – Cape Breton’s top under-40 business leaders will be recognized Nov. 27 at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.
HYPE (Honouring Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs) is a project of JCI Cape Breton to pay tribute to a group believed to be important to the future of Cape Breton business.
“The HYPE awards recognize young leaders in our community,” said JCI manager Stephen Tobin.
“These individuals are making significant contributions today, while shaping the future of our economy and successful development of our island.”
Now in its second year, HYPE awards were previously known as the outstanding young leader awards.
“Overall I think they are embraced by the community. Last year we were shocked, really, that the community so well received the awards and were so supportive.”
Categories to be recognized once again include excellence in business, community, individual, and international development.
“We are recognizing the current leaders but also the leaders of tomorrow. It is important to recognize the good work they are doing because a lot of these people are going to be taking on leadership roles.”
Young business leaders aged 18-39 can be nominated prior to Friday’s deadline.
Tobin is again expecting many pleasant surprises in each judging category.
“We learned last year there are quite a large percentage of people out there doing things on an international scale that not everybody would know about. It can range, really, but as long as it is something happening on an international scale, putting Cape Breton on the map.”
Visit jcicapebreton.com for more award and nomination details.