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How this award winning serial entrepreneur is giving back to his community

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Larry Hachey and his wife Donna reside in Quispamsis and have been married for 37 years and are very proud of their two children, Shawna and Christopher. Both are UNB Graduates with multiple degrees. Shawna is a Cruise Director for Celebrity Cruise Lines, as well as a fashion entrepreneur. Christopher is a software engineer working in cyber-security.

Larry enjoys woodworking during his downtime while he and Donna enjoy boating in the Summer and travelling to warmer climates during the colder months.

Larry has spent most of his career, before becoming an entrepreneur, in business development roles of increasing responsibility. In 1998, after learning as much as he could from several important mentors, Larry took advantage of an opportunity to start his own business.

Founder of three start-up companies:

  1. First Affinity Capital. Built the company to become the largest small ticket equipment finance broker in Canada. Started in 1998 and sold in 2005.
  2. Gateway Capital Inc. Financial Services company offering retirement advice, services, and products. Started in 2008 and sold in 2010.
  3. Canlease Inc. Leading supplier of equipment finance services for small businesses in Atlantic Canada. Started in 2010 and is very active.

Community Engagement
Larry is very proud of his community, his province and of being a Maritimer. He feels blessed to live here and feels that he owes much back. Larry has severed on dozens of boards and committees of organizations that do good work and relevant work, including:

  • The University of New Brunswick Immediate past Chair (2 terms) of the Board of Governors for Canada’s oldest English Language University
  • Saint John Airport Inc. Immediate past Chair of the Board of the Greater Saint John Airport and its vital link to the world.
  • Enterprise Saint John. Past Chair of the Greater Saint John’s chief Economic Development Agency
  • University of New Brunswick Alumni Association. Past President of the Alumni Association, representing over 90,000 alumni across the world.
  • Greater Saint John Chamber. Past President of Canada’s second-oldest business membership organization.
  • Teen Resource Centre. Past Chair of Great Saint John’s leading youth engagement centre
  • Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada. Past Chairman of Atlantic Canada’s largest debt counselling organization.


  • Province of New Brunswick Merit Award – Community Service
  • Ernst & Young Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Saint John Board of Trade Entrepreneurial Achievement Award
  • Greater Saint John Chamber Business Excellence Award for Community Engagement
  • University of New Brunswick Alumni Award of Honour

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