NCC’s President and CEO, Clarence Synard, Named “Businessperson of the Year” at the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Qikiqtani Business Achievement Awards

November 2021

NCC Investment Group is proud to announce that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Clarence Synard, has been named the “Businessperson of the Year” at the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Qikiqtani Business Achievement Awards.

On November 26, 2021, the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce (BRCC) hosted the 2021 Qikiqtani Business Achievement Awards, which recognized businesses and business leaders for their achievements within the Qikiqtani Region. Despite the challenges brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, many businesses continued to excel and do great work in the Region.

The “Businessperson of the Year” award category recognizes an individual who has achieved something out of the ordinary during 2020-2021 and who has a positive influence in the business community. As President and CEO of NCC Investment Group, Clarence Synard, supported fully by the entire NCC staff as well as the Board of Directors, has made significant progress in growing NCC and achieving great economic and social benefits for many Nunavut communities, including those within the Qikiqtani Region, despite the challenges of the global pandemic. Clarence has a passion for developing local and Inuit workforce capacity and providing Inuit and Nunavummiut with opportunities for meaningful employment and careers, professional development and mentorship (for example through apprenticeships). Clarence has been spearheading the development of formal training programs for individuals in local communities who are seeking career opportunities in the skilled trades. Another one of Clarence’s key priorities is addressing the housing crisis and other infrastructure needs in Nunavut, and he is working with all levels of government as well as other strategic partners to develop actions plans for the near future. Under Clarence’s leadership, NCC has continued to grow, is generating healthy economic returns for its ownership group (the four Inuit birthright regional development corporations) and is providing employment opportunities to Nunavummiut. Clarence is an active volunteer in Iqaluit. Currently, he is president of the board for the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the board for Skills Canada Nunavut. He previously served as the Vice Chair of the board for Habitat for Humanity in Iqaluit. Clarence is also on the Iqaluit Mayor's Task Force for Affordable Housing, a building advisory committee member for the Government of Nunavut and a safety advisory committee member for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC).

NCC would like to express its congratulations to Clarence for this prestigious and well-earned award. We look forward to continued growth under Clarence’s leadership.