The Samuel Cunard Prize was inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the company’s 175th Anniversary in the ancestral home of its founder, Sir Samuel Cunard. The award acknowledges an extraordinary individual who demonstrates the qualities exemplified by Cunard throughout his life.
“Receiving the 2017 Samuel Cunard Prize is a great honour,” said Martin. “To do so in Halifax, the ancestral city of one of the Maritime Industry’s greatest sons and on board the Queen Mary 2 makes it all the more special and I am very grateful to the three sponsoring organizations.”
Before entering politics, Paul Martin had a distinguished career as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CSL Group Inc., which he acquired in 1981. Under his leadership, Canada Steamship Lines was transformed from a mid-sized shipping company centered in the Great Lakes into the largest self-unloading shipping company in the world ̶ a global transportation powerhouse.
Paul Martin was the Minister of Finance in Canada from 1993 to 2002, the twenty-first Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006 and served as the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard in Montréal, Québec from 1988 to 2008. Since leaving office, Martin co-chaired a United Nations panel, co-chaired a panel for the African Development Bank, was a founding co-chair of the Congo Basin Forest Fund and an administrator for the Global Ocean Commission. Martin was a co-founder and the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G-20 as well as being appointed a Companion to the Order of Canada.
At home in Canada, Paul Martin has founded the Martin Family Initiative (MFI) focusing on elementary and secondary education opportunities for Indigenous students, and the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund, an investment fund developing business expertise and mentoring for Indigenous business.
This year, Cunard will salute the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation with a special sailaway by Queen Mary 2 as she departs Halifax on the evening of August 10 for New York.
Local dignitaries, port officials and key members of the community will be in attendance to celebrate Martin’s award and the journey he has taken to receive it.
Defining true excellence at sea with over 176 years of legendary voyages, Cunard is the operator of luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2®, Queen Victoria® and Queen Elizabeth®. Renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment, all three Queens offer luxury on a grand scale in Britannia, Britannia Club, Princess Grill and Queens Grill accommodation. Cunard is the only line to offer regularly scheduled Transatlantic service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.
Awarded ‘#1 Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line‘ by Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards and ‘Best World Cruise Itineraries’ and ‘Best Trans-Atlantic Itineraries’ by Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2016 Readers Choice Awards, Cunard is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines, a part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Together Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK) operate 102 ships visiting over 700 ports around the world and totaling 226,000 lower berths.
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