Sydney – The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, Government of Canada, was at Cape Breton University (CBU) announced the $5 million allocated in the March 2013 Federal Budget for the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. Held by Dr. Keith Brown, the Crawford Chair is focused on promoting interest among Canada’s Indigenous people in the study of business at the post-secondary level, while undertaking pure and applied research specific to Aboriginal communities. The financial support will advance the Chair’s program nationally.

“Having Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty at CBU to demonstrate support for the Crawford Chair shows there is great confidence in the work undertaken by CBU in Aboriginal economic development and business education for Aboriginal people at the post-secondary level. Cape Breton University has a 35 year long history of collaborating with Aboriginal community leaders; the success of this partnership is evidenced by the many Aboriginal graduates working in communities across the region and the country. Unama’ki College continue to extend our community reach across the country. This funding supports an unprecedented effort at national capacity building in business studies, encouragement in entrepreneurship, and dissemination of best practices in proven economic models,” says Dr. Keith Brown.
Established in 2010, the Chair has had an ambitious and results based action and research ag ...

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