The 19th century journals of a man who saved part of aboriginal culture from extinction / Gerry McConnell on running an international mining company from the Maritimes / Phone-in : What qualities do we need in the next generation of Maritime leaders ?
From Canoes To Caribou: Tappan Adney isn't the best known name in Maritime history. But he's one of the most extraordinary people ever to hike, paddle, sketch and snowshoe the region. He was home tutored by his father, a college professor who'd been an officer in American Civil War. Adney later attended the Art Students League in New York, and became a skilled writer, artist, illustrator and photographer. His book, The Klondike Stampede chronicled the famous 19th century Gold Rush.
But it was a meeting with a Maliseet canoe builder in Upper Woodstock, New Brunswick that changed his life and turned him into one of the most fascinating figures in our history.
We spoke with Ted Behne of New Jersey, who's researching and writing a biography of Tappan Adney. He's also the editor of The Travel Journals of Tappan Adney, 1887-1890 published by Goose Lane.
Mr Behne will be delivering public lectures this month : at the official book launch in Woodstock on September 23rd at the Carleton County Historical Society (7pm); on Sept. 25th at the York Sunbury Museum in Fredericton (2pm); on September 26th at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John (2pm); on September 28th at the NB Community College in Miramichi (6:30pm), and on September 29th at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax(7pm).
Of All The Places : When you think of Maritime enterprises, one of the least likely might be mining for diamonds and gold in Africa. But that's what Etruscan Resources did for 20 years in Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana , Mali and Niger.It also pursued diamond & gold mining with an ethical approach that was exceptional in an industry whose practices in that continent have frequently been explosed as exploiting people and the environment. In recognition of its approach, Rotary International gave Etruscan's President & CEO, Gerry McConnell, the Paul Harris Award for the company's humanitarian contributions to health and education initiatives in Africa.
Etruscan was recently bought by the Endeavour Mining Corporation. But Gerry McConnell is moving into a new phase of his mining career as President & CEO of Namibia Rare Earths - mining elements that are in growing demand for everything from cellphones and hybrid cars to defence systems.
Yes, You Can : Too often, the discourse in this region has been dominated by missed opportunities, frustration with a lack of visionary action and too many stories of people who see nothing but obstacles. But some men & women take the personal risk of putting their name, reputation or money on the line to help achieve something which contributes to the public good of their community or the region.
Eventually, those leaders become recognizable names - in business or social justice, in cultural activities or environmental activism. They're people who've learned from the past, made a sharp analysis of the present and helped drag us into a better future.
But looking at the challenges you see in the Maritimes today, who will take on that role next ?
Our guests were Katie Emrich of Fusion Saint John, a networking group for civic-minded residents with a vision of the city as a great place to live, work and play, and CBC's Steve Sutherland, host of Information Morning Cape Breton (and former illustrious correspondent for Maritime Noon). He's also the author of "Getting It Done : Conversations With Cape Breton Leaders".
The question : What qualities do we need in the next generation of Maritime leaders ?
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