Lifetime Achievement Alumni 1996 The Late Louis J. Cahill

Join us as we a look back at our Lifetime Achievement Award alumni of the past 25 years. These outstanding individuals have truly left an indelible mark on Niagara and have inspired countless other entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in Niagara.

Over the last 24 years, NEYA has inducted 33 entrepreneurs into our Hall of Fame by bestowing them with this prestigious recognition. Click here to see a complete list of our Lifetime Achievement Alumni and join us on March 1, 2019 as we bestow a new group of deserving entrepreneurs with this honour at our 25th Anniversary Awards Gala at the Fallsview Casino Resort.

Tickets for the 25th annual Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala to be held March 1, 2019 at the Fallsview Casino Resort are now on sale. Tickets are limited, so order early!

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Louis J. Cahill was recognized by his peers as the “King of Communicators” and Canada’s “Dean of Public Relations” – a true “pioneer” in the field since 1930.

When Lou embarked on a career in public relations, there were no formal training programs. Even though he didn’t finish high school, in 1991 he was granted an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brock University.

In 1936 he co-founded the Niagara News Bureau supplying news and photographs to newspapers and magazines throughout Canada and the U.S. Starting out as a one room, one typewriter organization, it eventually became one of the oldest and largest privately-owned public relations/public affairs consulting firms in Ontario, possibly Canada.

“The Bureau” became the Ontario Editorial Bureau, or SiOEB in 1949. Lou pioneered countless public relations precepts that guide the profession today. Many in Ontario’s public relations industry gained their expertise with advice and counsel from Lou. It was the story of the Welland Canal that was his passion. In 1979, he helped to organize a major celebration for the 150th Welland Canal Anniversary and repeated this in 2004 with the 175th Anniversary at the age of 90.

Lou assisted the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines and established the Diocesan newspaper the Vineyard in 1987. In 1995 Lou received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (for Church and Pope). A Life Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, Lou received their numerous Honours and Awards including the inaugural award of CPRS “Fellow”.

In 2006 the Lou Cahill Scholarship in Communications was established at Brock to encourage young men and woman to pursue a career in public relations and communications with a demonstrated interest in their community. Lou dedicated his lifetime to promoting his community, his province and his country. Over the years his entrepreneurial spirit touched most of the significant events in the Niagara region.


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to enterprising entrepreneurs in our community who have significantly impacted the development of economic ventures in Niagara. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients are individuals who have spent several decades of their lives shaping Niagara, building a legacy, and contributing positively to our community. Save the date and join us on March 1, 2019 for NEYA’s 25th Anniversary Awards Gala.