The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce Mr. Paul Fournier as the second of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award.
February 24, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROCKVILLE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES LIFETIME BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce Mr. Paul Fournier as the second of two recipients of the 2022 Lifetime Business Achievement Award. The Chamber has previously announced Mr. Hunter Grant as the other recipient. Two awards are being given this year to compensate for there not having been a recipient in 2021 due to Covid restrictions.
Mr. Fournier sadly passed away in May of 2020 and is being posthumously recognized as the eleventh to receive this award following previous recipients Hunter Grant, Gord Brown, David Beatty, Bob Runciman, Al Smith, Dave Sheridan, Don Green, Sherri Simzer, John & Steve Mazurek and Dave Jones.
Since 2017, this award has been sponsored annually by the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation.
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.
Paul Fournier was widely known as a long-time practicing lawyer who had a broad range of influence throughout Brockville and the surrounding area. Aside from professionally representing countless
local individuals, businesses and organizations over decades of service, he was deeply devoted to contributing his time, energy and resources to causes close to his heart. He helped to shape the local economic and social landscape as a prominent fundraiser, community champion and major donor for any number of important organizations and initiatives including St. Lawrence College, Brockville General Hospital, YMCA, Aquatarium, Theatre Brockville, Brockville Arts Centre, Ice Storm Relief and many others.
An accomplished artist in his own right, Mr. Fournier played a critical role in elevating the fine arts to become a distinguished diploma program at St. Lawrence College. He was a past municipal councilor for the City of Brockville and was named Citizen of the Year by the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce in 2007.
Not surprisingly, Mr. Fournier was highly respected as an impressive and compelling public speaker who used his talents to bring positive change to the region. He was widely viewed as a major community influencer and advocate who was able to bring countless people together in support of common causes for the greater good. He was a generous philanthropist, world class organizer, tremendously effective leader and, oftentimes, the very glue that held many critically important initiatives together through to completion.
Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce President, Mr. Orlando Spicer, noted that “Mr. Fournier did so very much to build our city and region into a beautiful place to live, work and play. He was a true community leader and an unwavering champion for countless worthy causes. People like him do not come along every day. We will always remember him fondly and we are forever grateful for his decades of service.”
The 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation sponsors this award annually and is actively involved in the recipient selection process. The corporation’s Executive Director, Mr. Tom Russell, offered that “Mr. Fournier was an absolute pillar of this community. You cannot overstate his importance nor his impact. There is no debate that he left an indelible mark and that his legacy will be felt for many years to come. The City of Brockville is a much better place because of Mr. Fournier. He was a kind and generous human being, and we all miss him dearly.”
Mr. Fournier will be celebrated during a special ceremony following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting and breakfast at the Brockville Convention Centre on Thursday, March 31st.
Those interested in attending can RSVP at the Chamber of Commerce website www.brockvillechamber.com or call 613-342-6553 by March 30th.
The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce represents more than 450 members and has been the community's business advocate since 1906. Our mission - we support and grow business to build a strong economic community through proactive leadership in advocacy and relevant programming