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Leadership Series 2011

Leaders In Their Fields - Fall 2011

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A series of feature interviews with Cape Bretoners who are known for achieving a high degree of excellence in their chosen professions. 

In this third edition of our annual series on Cape Breton leadership, we focus in individual achievement, and spend time talking to top-flight Cape Bretoners about how they got to where they are and how they do what they do. 

These interviews will air twice a week throughout the fall of 2011 (Mondays and Thursdays between 7:30 & 8:00), and we'll post each one after the broadcast.

Alistair MacLeod

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Alistair MacLeod185.jpgIf you're in the market for a new story from Alistair MacLeod, you have to accept that patience is a virtue. 

Alistair MacLeod's entire published output consists of just 17 short stories and one novel over the course of 28 years. But obviously he takes the time to get it right - because he's among the best in the world at what he does.

Alistair is originally from Dunvegan in Inverness County, Cape Breton, NS, where he still spends his summers. The rest of the year he lives in Windsor, ON, where he used to be a professor of English.

Steve Sutherland spoke to him from our Windsor studio.  (runs 18:03)

Natalie MacMaster

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From small stages at community halls in Inverness County, NS, to the set of the Tonight Show and large and prestigious venues around the world, Natalie MacMaster has honed her craft and carried her brand of Cape Breton fiddling to thousands of fans.

The 39 year old mother of four grew up in Troy, Cape Breton, steeped in music, in a family brimming with talent.

During her career, the Grammy nominated, Juno award winning fiddler has shared the stage with many world class artists... but she never forgets her Cape Breton roots.

Steve Sutherland spoke with her from the CBC's Glenn Gould studio in Toronto where she was working on her 11th album, "Cape Breton Girl". (runs 17:39)

Tim O'Neill

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Tim O'Neill didn't necessarily bank on a career in finance but he rose to the top at one of Canada's big five. He's a former Chief Economist and Executive Vice President for BMO. He was the first Canadian Economist to be elected to the Board of Governors of the National Association for Business Economics based in Washington, DC. Tim O'Neill is also a past President of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. And he's a visiting Professor at Duke University in North Carolina, where he received his Ph.D.

Tim O'Neill grew up in Sydney, NS and now lives and works in PEI where he's the President of O'Neill Strategic Economics.

Steve Sutherland spoke to him from our Charlottetown studio. (runs 17:51)

Cheryl Bartlett

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Dr. Cheryl Bartlett has become an educational innovator by marrying ancient knowledge with Western Science. She's one of the founders of the Integrative Science Program at Cape Breton University, a program that's unique in Canada and the world for incorporating aboriginal knowledge with standard science curriculum.

Dr. Bartlett holds the Tier One Canada Research Chair in Integrative Science, a seven year renewable grant worth 1.4 million dollars. And, she's also part of a research team that's been awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant of 1 million dollars for Aboriginal Health Research.

Dr. Bartlett grew up in Duchess, Alberta.  (runs 17:37)

Daniel MacIvor

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Daniel MacIvor185.jpgDaniel MacIvor is one of Canada's most prolific playwrights. He also acts, directs and promotes all things theatre. He grew up in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

His plays have been performed across Canada and at international theatre festivals from New York to Australia.

Daniel MacIvor received a Genie nomination for his screen adaptation of his play "Marion Bridge" in 2004. He has won the Governor General's Award for Drama - an overall award for excellence at the New York Fringe Festival, and Canada's richest prize for theatre, the Siminovitch prize, worth $100,000.  (runs 15:48)

Dr. Ron Stewart

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Dr. Ron Stewart185.jpgDr. Ron Stewart is a man who followed his passion for medicine. His career took him from small town Cape Breton to downtown Los Angeles where he became a pioneer in Emergency Medicine. He literally wrote the book on training paramedics and went on to found the EMS program at the University of Pittsburgh.

He did a stint as Nova Scotia's Health Minister in the early 90's. And, he's an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Ron Stewart now serves as Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (runs 17:50)

Art McDonald

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Like many Cape Bretoners, Dr. Art McDonald has made his living underground in the mines. But he's not mining minerals, he's mining information.

Dr. McDonald is the director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, where he studies the sub-atomic particles that are basic building blocks of the universe, 2 km underground in one of INCO's old mines. It is one of the most innovative and important scientific experiments being conducted in Canada today.

Dr. Art McDonald grew up in Sydney, NS. He's a graduate of Dalhousie and Caltech, and recipient of some of the most prestigious prizes in physics. He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada. (runs 17:26)

Martin MacDonald

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Martin MacDonald took up the bow long before he picked up a baton. He grew up in Ironville, Cape Breton, where he was steeped in the Celtic tradition but it was a love of classical music that won out when he chose a career.

Martin MacDonald recently wrapped up a three year tenure as resident conductor of Symphony Nova Scotia. Last year, he received the Jean Marie Beaudet Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. He's been an associate conductor of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. In 2008, he was one of only two Canadians invited to an International Conducting Competition in Barcelona, Spain.  (runs 15:18)

Joella Foulds

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joellafoulds185.jpgAs the Artistic Director of the Celtic Colours International Festival, Joella Foulds oversees every aspect of the nine day event... all 45 concerts in 35 communities around Cape Breton Island. She co-founded the Festival back in 1997, shortly after she left CBC Cape Breton where she hosted Information Morning.

Celtic Colours has drawn thousands of visitors to the Island and generated millions of dollars for the local economy. Last year alone, 18,000 people came to the Festival and spent over $6.2 million in the region.

Joella Foulds grew up in Manitoba. She has an honourary doctorate from Cape Breton University and was named to the Cape Breton Business Hall of Fame in 2006. (runs 15:27)

Chief Terry Paul

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Chief Terry Paul185.jpgFew political leaders can claim a record like Terry Paul. He has been serving as Chief of Membertou First Nation for 27 years, winning his 14th consecutive election in July 2010.
In that time, Membertou has become an economic force to be reckoned with. The community has generated millions of dollars in development with the Trade and Convention Centre, a retail mall, an entertainment center and it's adding a hotel, a heritage center and a new sports facility.

Chief Terry Paul was instrumental in setting up a corporate office in Halifax and getting 1SO 9000 certification for Membertou, the first aboriginal community in the world to receive the designation. He has received an honourary degree from Cape Breton University, and sits on the Board of the Shannon School of Business.  (runs 16:33)

Bette MacDonald

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Bette MacDonald185.jpgFor most people, excelling in their field is no laughing matter... for Bette MacDonald it most certainly is. She takes her work very seriously, and while it may look easy, it takes a lot of hard work and preparation.

The Gemini award winning actress has been making people laugh for over 20 years. She's appeared on stage and tv, toured coast to coast, and last Summer, she was part of a successful revival of the Cape Breton Summertime Revue. In January 2012, she'll star opposite Gerry Dee in a new CBC TV program called "Mr. D".

Comedian, Actor, Writer and Gemini award winner, Bette MacDonald lives in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  (runs 17:26)

Edgar MacLeod

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Edgar MacLeod185.jpgEdgar MacLeod's policing career has come full circle. In 1973, he graduated from the Atlantic Police Academy. In 1995, he became the first Police Chief of the amalgamated Cape Breton Regional Police Service and led the force through some tumultuous growing pains. Now, he's leading the next generation of recruits as the Executive Director of the Atlantic Police Academy in Summerside, PEI. A recipient of several Leadership Awards, in 2003, he recieved an Order of Merit of the Police Forces from then Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. He's a past president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the NS Chiefs of Police. And, in 2006, he received an honourary degree from Cape Breton University.  (runs 17:13)

Linden MacIntyre

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Linden MacIntyre185a.jpgLinden MacIntyre has a nose for news and a well developed sense of story. As the co-host of CBC TV's investigative documentary program "The Fifth Estate", he delves deep into stories and issues of the day.

And in his spare time he writes award winning books. In 2009, he won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel "The Bishop's Man". He has also won nine Gemini awards, an international Emmy and the Michener Award for meritorious public service in journalism.

Linden MacIntyre grew up in Port Hastings.  (runs 17:52)

Lisette & Emily Yorke

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Lisette & Emily Yorke 2 185.jpgMeet a couple of uber achieving academics, sisters Lisette and Emily Yorke of Boularderie. They have wracked up some pretty impressive credentials in their young lives.

Emily is currently studying economics at Harvard, having won an entrance scholarship worth almost 200,000 dollars to attend the prestigious, Ivy League school. Lisette is a Rhodes scholar and holds two masters degrees from Oxford. She's currently studying medicine at the University of Toronto. Emily credits a strong work ethic and family support in helping them reach their goals so far. Lisette is 24 and Emily is 20.  (runs 17:00) 

Otis Tomas

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OtisThomas185.jpgYou could say Otis Tomas is very much in tune with his work, he makes a living making instruments. The master craftsman makes fiddles and other instruments at his home on the Meadow Road, near St. Anns Bay.

It was fiddle music that attracted him to Cape Breton from Rhode Island in 1975. Ever since he's been taking orders from musicians all over the world and he's gained an international reputation for fine work.

In the Fall, the luthier released "The Fiddletree" - a book and CD set chronicling a project to make instruments from an ancient sugar maple on his property.  (runs 16:32)

Dr. PJ Devereaux

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Go big or stay home might be an expression close to the heart of Dr. PJ Devereaux. He's been involved and continues to conduct some of the largest clinical trials in the world. While other trials might use hundreds of patients, he recruits, thousands, tens of thousands. He's currently recruiting 40,000 patients from all over the world for research on perioperative cardiac care.
Dr. Devereaux is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. He's received a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Career Investigator Award. And when he's not conducting huge clinical trials involving patients all over the globe, or teaching, or seeing patients, he's writing, Dr. Devereaux has published over 120 peer reviewed papers and 30 editorials, book chapters and commentaries.
Dr. PJ Devereaux is from Sydney River, NS  (runs 17:34)

Amy Cotton

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Amy Cotton has spent most of her life taking it to the mat... the Judo mat. She's a member of Canada's National Judo team. She has competed internationally since her teens.

Amy represented Canada at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, where she finished ninth over all. She's won numerous international titles, she won a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, she has several world cup medals including a Gold she won this summer in Venezuela.

Amy is currently ranked 17th in the world in the half heavyweight division. She's originally from Judique but she's currently living and training in Quebec.  (runs 17:07)

Gordie Sampson

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When country super stars like Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Martina McBride step on stage to perform, there's a good chance they'll have a Gordie Sampson song in their repertoire. The Big Pond Native makes his home in Nashville now where he's helped write songs for some of the biggest names in the business.

He won a Grammy in 2007 for co-writing "Jesus Take the Wheel", for which he also won a Juno. He's also won several East Coast Music Awards and Canadian Country Music Awards. And when he isn't writing for other artists, he writes a few songs for himself. He released a new album this summer called "Almost Beautiful". (runs 17:34)

Jim St. Clair

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Jim St. Clair185.jpgHis voice you already know. He's been a teacher and a university professor - a writer, an actor and a storyteller. His interests range from ancient Greek and Latin, to old-time fiddle music and modern-day economic development. Jim St. Clair has been the voice of the Information Morning history column for a generation now. While he lives in the old family homestead in Mull River, he's been deeply involved with the evolution of Cape Breton. His commitment to Cape Breton history and heritage has earned him an honourary doctorate from Cape Breton University. Jim St Clair has deep-seated opinions when it comes to the past - and the future - of Cape Breton Island.  And he's never shy about sharing them - ALWAYS in the most gentlemanly way possible.  (runs 17:47) 

Leaders In Their Fields 20 - Kevin Lynch

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Kevin G. Clerk185.jpgKevin Lynch has sat at the right hand of two Canadian Prime Ministers, Stephen Harper and Paul Martin. As Clerk of the Privy Council, he was Canada's top bureaucrat, the head of the public service and the deputy minister to the PM... basically, responsible for keeping Cabinet informed and on track and the government running smoothly.

He has also served as deputy minister at the Department of Finance and the Department of Industry. He was a member of Canada's public service for more than 30 years.

Kevin Lynch is from northend Sydney. He's now serving as Vice Chair of the board of BMO Financial Group and he sits on the advisory board of the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University.  (runs 17:52)