R. Irene d’Entremont C.M., D.Comm h.c.
R. Irene d’Entremont was born and raised in Pubnico, Nova Scotia. She has been involved in several businesses in the Yarmouth area for over forty years. These businesses included sales and service, research & development, and manufacturing. She is the president of ITG Information Management Inc., consulting in business management. She is the past president of M.I.T. Electronics Inc., and Women’s Up-To-Date Shop Inc., and was Secretary-Treasurer of Wesmar Electronics Canada Limited.
Throughout her career, she has volunteered and served her community, province and her country. Recent examples are cited here. In November 2012, d’Entremont was appointed Vice-Chair of Tourism Nova Scotia. Also in November 2012, Premier Dexter appointed her to the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy (One Nova Scotia Commission). The following month, she was appointed to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Board of Governors. In this capacity, she is on the executive and chairs the finance committee. In September 2014, she was one of twenty-three women chosen from across Canada to represent the twenty-three fathers of Confederation at the Bold Vision – Women’s Leadership Conference in Prince Edward Island. Currently she is a director of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia and also Vice-Chair of the American Chamber Atlantic Chapter and a board member of the National American Chamber. She is a board member of the Saint Mary’s Cathedral Basilica Foundation and Director of the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation. Along with all this, she chairs the Yarmouth Airport Board of Directors.
R. Irene d’Entremont received the Governor General of Canada Commemorative Medal in 1993. She was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame in 1994. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from St. Mary’s University in 1995. In October 2001, she was appointed to the Order of Canada and was also awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal that year. In 2012 she received the Queen’s Diamond Medal. She has been listed in the International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs and the Who’s Who of Canadian Women for almost twenty years. Over the course of her career and service, she has been awarded many other accolades for her leadership role in entrepreneurship and community development.