JA Prince Edward Island Announces Host and Narrator for 2018 Business Hall of Fame Gala

April 12, 2018 Prince Edward Island

JA Prince Edward Island is pleased to announce that Ian Hanomansing, host of CBC’s, The National, will act as narrator for the 2018 Business Hall of Fame Gala. CBC’s Compass host, Louise Martin, will act as host for the evening’s festivities as four outstanding business leaders are recognized.

The JA Prince Edward Island Business Hall of Fame was established in 1998 by JA PEI to provide a link between the province’s economic heritage and the promise of a prosperous future by honouring key Island business leaders. The awards gala raises funds to support JA’s business and economic education programs that will reach more than 5,500 Island students this year in schools across the province.

Jason Aspin-Entrepreneur In The PEI Technology And Marine Industries, Michael F. Cassidy- Excellence In Business And Community Leadership and Rita & Angus MacCormack - Entrepreneurs In The PEI Real Estate And Construction Industry will be inducted in to the 2018 Business Hall of Fame at a Gala Dinner on May 23, 2018 at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre at the Delta Hotels by Marriot - Prince Edward. Tickets are on sale from members of the Board of Governors or by contacting the JA office at (902) 892-6066 or by emailing

About the Narrator

Ian Hanomansing hosts The National, alongside Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton and Andrew Chang. Born in Trinidad and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick, veteran host and reporter Ian Hanomansing began his broadcasting career at CKDH Radio in Amherst, Nova Scotia, working at radio stations in Moncton and Halifax before joining CBC in Halifax in 1986. His assignments took him to Toronto the following year and eventually to Vancouver, where he was a national reporter for fourteen years.

Among his major assignments: the Exxon Valdez oil spill and San Francisco earthquake (both in 1989), the Los Angeles riot (1992), Vancouver's two Stanley Cup riots (1994 and 2011), the Hong Kong handover (1997) and seven Olympic Games, the most recent in Sochi in 2014.

He has hosted a wide range of programs including: Pacific Rim Report (1995-1999), which focused on Canada's connection to Asia; Times 7 (2005), a joint venture between CBC News and the New York Times; Canada Now (2000-2007), a national supper-hour newscast; Still Talking Hockey (2004), a sports-themed late night program on CBC British Columbia; Feeling the Heat (2007), a summer series about the environment on CBC Radio One and CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing (2012-2017) which won a Canadian Journalism Award in 2014 and shared a Canadian Screen Award in 2015, both for breaking news coverage.

Hanomansing also developed and hosted a series of innovative live specials, including Downtown Drugs (1998), which explored the problems and potential solutions in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside from the streets of that troubled neighbourhood, and 2005's Crime on the Streets, which may be the only national news show broadcast live from the cells of a Canadian federal institution, in this case Manitoba's Stoney Mountain. That program won a Justicia Award from the Canadian Bar Association for Excellence in Legal Journalism. Other national awards include the 2008 Gemini for Best News Anchor and the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best National News Anchor.

About the Host

In August 2017, Louise Martin brought her journalistic skills to PEI, where she is closer to family in the Maritimes with her brother and his family living in Nova Scotia and extended family on PEI.

Louise comes to PEI with vast experience in broadcast journalism - having hosted and produced hourly and breaking news updates on the CBC News Network. Before that, she was host and producer covering business and economic news for CBC News Network.

Her personable interviewing style could also be heard from time to time on The World This Weekend on CBC Radio One.

Born in Scotland, Louise has anchored news shows across the country, including CKLQ Radio, then CKX TV, in Brandon Manitoba, RDTV in Red Deer, Alberta, CBC New World business, and CBC Breaking news. Louise lives in PEI with her husband Ken and their children, Sophie and Hallie.

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