Brockville – The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce Mr. Gord Brown as the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Business Achievement Award.
Mr. Brown is the ninth to receive this award following previous recipients David Beatty, Bob Runciman, Al Smith, Dave Sheridan, Don Green, Sherri Simzer, John & Steve Mazurek and Dave Jones.
This award is sponsored annually by the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation and recipients are chosen by an independent committee of judges following review and assessment of multiple criteria including community involvement, mentorship, economic impact, job creation, volunteerism, longevity and personal/corporate generosity.
Mr. Brown was a widely respected politician, successful entrepreneur and tireless community champion. As Member of Parliament, he represented the riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes in the House of Commons of Canada from 2004 until his tragic passing on May 2, 2018.
Among his many responsibilities and accomplishments in government, Mr. Brown chaired multiple committees including the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Conservative Caucus, the Eastern Ontario Conservative Caucus, the Anti-Terrorism Act Special Review Committee and the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group. He also sat on the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, the Trilateral Commission, numerous parliamentary
groups and several all-party caucuses focusing on rural communities, health care, border issues and other matters of special importance. Further, he introduced multiple Private Members’ Bills, one of which led to Employment Insurance Benefits being provided for working parents of critically ill children.
Locally, Mr. Brown championed countless efforts to secure tens of millions of dollars in federal support for dozens of local businesses, organizations and attractions. Beneficiaries included the Aquatarium, Brockville Tunnel, 1000 Islands Boat Museum, Port of Johnstown, Fort Wellington, Rideau Canal Locks, Canada Customs at Ivy Lea, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Skywood, Historic Rockport Customs House, St. Lawrence College, Kemptville College, Brockville Airport, Mallory Coach House, Greenfield Ethanol, Giant Tiger, Canarm, Procter & Gamble, Burnbrae Farms, Newterra, Northern Cables, 3M, Thompson Manufacturing and many others. These efforts collectively led to the creation of thousands of jobs throughout Leeds & Grenville.
Prior to his career in federal politics, Mr. Brown partnered with his brother to build a very successful accommodations, restaurant and attractions business employing many people in the Gananoque and 1000 Islands area. He served two terms on Gananoque Municipal Council, was Chairman of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, acted as President of the Thousand Islands Accommodations Partners and sat on a number of boards and committees.
Mr. Brown was particularly active in helping to raise funds for many important causes, most notably with his annual charity hockey game which generated almost $1,000,000 for the local community. Since his passing, an additional $1,000,000 has been raised to construct the Gord Brown Memorial Canada 150 Outdoor Rink in his memory.
Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce President, Ms. Keeley Patterson, expressed her appreciation by noting that “Mr. Brown had an unparalleled impact and influence on our local community and it is exceedingly appropriate that we as a Chamber of Commerce recognize and celebrate his many accomplishments and his immense contributions.”
Mr. Brown will be celebrated during a special ceremony following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and breakfast at the Brockville Country Club on Thursday, March 26th.
Those interested in attending can RSVP at the Chamber of Commerce website www.brockvillechamber.com or call 613-342-6553 by March 20th.