Nautel’s Peter Conlon is Top 50 CEO Award Winner… Again!
Atlantic Business Magazine, May/June 2012, by Alec Bruce & Dawn Chafe
When Atlantic Business Magazine founded the Top 50 CEO awards 14 years ago, we had two goals. Our first and obvious objective was to recognize Atlantic Canada’s most accomplished and civic-minded business leaders – individuals who were growing their companies, their industries and their communities. Less apparent was our secondary purpose: by celebrating the region’s best corporate citizens, we hoped to inspire others throughout the region to follow their example.
CEOs are made, after all – not born – and everyone has to start somewhere.
Ironically, few of this year’s award winners had childhood aspirations of owning, operating or managing a business. One dreamed of being a pro golfer, several were would-be Montreal Canadian hockey players (all wanting to be just like number four — Jean Beliveau). There were a couple of wannabe rock stars, a prospective premier, an aspiring prime minister, an astronaut, an Olympic figure skater, even a six-million-dollar man — minus the crash, of course.
They may not have become any of those things, but that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to dream – and that’s a good thing. Wilma Rudolph, the first American woman runner to win three gold medals at a single Olympics, said that we should never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. “The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
Each of our 2012 Top 50 CEOs is realizing their potential.