Cunard Honors Entrepreneur Zita Cobb, Haligonian Sandra Greer and Historian John Langley on Queen Mary 2
Luxury cruise line Cunard hosted the Fifth Annual Samuel Cunard Prize for Vision, Courage and Creativity on July 26, 2019, honoring Zita Cobb and Sandra Greer. The celebration was held onboard the line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 while docked in Halifax, NS, home of the company’s founder Sir Samuel Cunard.
Cobb, a Canadian charity founder and Greer, an innovative technological leader, celebrated their awards with local dignitaries, port officials and other key members of the community.
Canadian businesswoman and social entrepreneur Zita Cobb today received the Samuel Cunard Prize for Vision, Courage and Creativity. Cobb is founder of the Fogo Island Inn and the Shorefast Foundation, a Canadian charity that uses business-minded means to help secure economic and cultural resilience for Fogo Island. Cobb is an eight generation Fogo Islander and sailed on the inaugural voyage of Queen Mary 2 from England to North America, making it fitting that she received this honor onboard the same ocean liner.
Former President and CEO of Amirix Systems Sandra Greer received the Samuel Cunard Innovative Spirit Award today. Greer spearheaded the merger of two innovative organizations – Amirix and Vemco – creating a dynamic new organization where innovation flourished. The product of the combined entity is the backbone of important scientific research performed in lakes, rivers and oceans around the world.
Also today, Cunard historian John G. Langley, Q.C., Director and Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Society, donated a significant part of his Cunard collection to the Cunard Archives at the University of Liverpool. Langley will sail on the July 28 Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2 to England on to submit his pieces to the University. Guests onboard the voyage will have the opportunity to see select pieces and attend talks given by Langley.
The Samuel Cunard award for Vision, Courage and Creativity was inaugurated in 2015 to celebrate the company’s 175th Anniversary in the ancestral home of its founder Sir Samuel Cunard. Created in partnership with the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Cunard, the award acknowledges an extraordinary individual who demonstrates the qualities exemplified by Samuel Cunard throughout his life. The Innovative Spirit Award was created to honor an individual who stands out as having a pioneering spirit similar to Sir Samuel Cunard.