NB Humanitarian

Glenn-Cooke-195-(2).jpgGlenn Cooke

Glenn Cooke of Saint John has a tradition of supporting community and charitable causes locally in New Brunswick and globally. This is in addition to his responsibilities as CEO of Cooke Aquaculture, North America’s largest independent salmon farming company, and a family business started with his father and brother in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick,  in 1985. Cooke now proudly employs more than 5,000 people in Canada, the USA, South America and Europe.
 
When severe flooding struck southwest New Brunswick in December 2010, Cooke diverted staff to assist in evacuations and the delivery of food and other emergency relief. He also helped lead recovery efforts including constructing a new subdivision for dozens of people whose homes were destroyed.  When post-tropical storm Arthur caused power outages and water shortages across New Brunswick in the summer 2014, Cooke provided personnel, vehicles and resources for relief efforts, including ice production and distribution.
 
Recently, Cooke and his employees raised more than $11,000 for Canadian Red Cross relief efforts following the May 2016 wildfire and evacuation of Fort McMurray, AB and through a subsidiary, Shoreland Transport, delivered items from the Maritimes to Edmonton’s Emergency Relief Services Society. When the January 2017 ice storm left thousands without electricity or heat along New Brunswick’s Acadian peninsula, Cooke donated a truckload of firewood to affected homes and families.
 
Glenn and his family support the fundraising campaigns of the Charlotte County Cancer Society and global projects like Stella’s Voice, which provides care and vocational support to older orphans in Moldova and shields them from abuse including human trafficking.  He provides financial support and advocacy with political and business leaders for Village of Hope, which offers long-term residential support and treatment for men with addictions in Estonia and Eastern Canada.
 
Cooke also funds research by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Dalhousie University in Halifax into aquaculture sustainability, environmental integrity, economic return and rural employment.  He’s received many business and community awards and in 2011 was given an honorary doctorate by the University of New Brunswick. We are very proud to be honouring Glenn Cooke with the 2017 Humanitarian Award this fall.
 


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