Owen and Marta Boris’ success began in the trenches. In 1959, Owen, then a young engineer working on the just-shuttered Avro Arrow program, found himself unemployed. Sensing an opportunity, these trailblazers began a cable TV business from their Buchanan Park home, erecting a tower and digging trenches through neighbours’ yards to provide cable television. From these humble beginnings, over the next 50 years, Mountain Cablevision grew into one of Canada’s most successful independent providers of television, telephone and internet. In 2009, the family sold the company and set about a plan to give back.
A remarkable array of philanthropic investments followed to fund the Boris Family Centre in Human Stem Cell Therapies and treatment clinics at McMaster University; the Peter Boris Chair and Centre for Addictions Research, in memory of son Peter, at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton as well as the acquisition of a Surgical Robot at St. Joseph’s Healthcare. Our community is healthier thanks to their generosity.
Sadly, Owen died suddenly in 2011. But Marta and children Les and Jackie continue the trailblazing spirit that has so enriched our city. Owen and Marta Boris are welcomed to the Gallery of Distinction for their commitment to Hamilton, for their astonishing vision and for their tenacity and perseverance in getting the job done.