Billy Diamond became one of the first members of the new Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame when he was inducted February 15.

Diamond was inducted in Toronto along with Irvin Goodon, a Métis from Boissevin, Manitoba by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

Diamond played a prominent role in founding companies such as Creeco, Cree Construction and Development, Cree Yamaha Motors, Moosonee Transportation Ltd., Trans Arctic Shipping and Gas and other firms.

He currently sits on the Niskamoon board that was created to amalgamate and help administrate the different agreements signed between the Cree and Hydro-Quebec, along with training Crees to work in certain aspects for the Quebec conglomerate. Billy Diamond could not be reached for comment.

The induction took place at the CCAB’s Circle for 2015 Annual Gala Dinner at the Toronto Four Seasons Hotel.