A retired three-star general turned owner, Dorsey has been involved in several business ventures over the years, including the construction and operation of his company, Dorsey Energy Services. Dorsey is the chairman and CEO of CNG (Clarkstown Gas and Electric), a large publicly traded company based in New Brunswick. CNG delivers natural gas to a variety of New Brunswick communities, primarily where it crosses the border from Canada to the United States, but also in southern New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Dorsey owns a 50/50 joint venture with the Canadian oil and gas giant, Cenovus Energy, that produces and markets the province’s natural gas in the Province of New Brunswick. CEN (Clarkstown Gas and Electric) is a subsidiary of TransAlta and has a minority partner in Dorsey Power Company, operating a large power generation plant in western New Brunswick. In November 2016, the Canadian Canadian Pipeline Company (CCPC) and Trentham Corporation announced a Memorandum of Understanding in which CEN and TransAlta have agreed to build both the 1,700-MW power plant to the south of Ontario, as well as the 200-MW coal-fired power plant to the south of Michigan. Dorsey Power also produces and sells diesel-powered vehicles that run on natural gas.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, Dorsey has been investing his wealth in New Brunswick and in 2015 he began a renovation of the John A. Macdonald Memorial Centre. Dorsey, according to the Citizen, is funding the $16-million project by donating $4 million to the province. Dorsey has been in a long term partnership with the John A. Macdonald Memorial Centre for over 30 years. The Macdonald Memorial Centre is home to a large collection of artifacts to be exhibited here in a permanent exhibition.
Dorsey’s interests are also included in the Ontario Human Right’s Registry. Under human rights laws, Dorsey may be required to disclose any income or financial gains stemming from the activities of his charitable foundation. He is also a registered charity. Dorsey’s foundations fund a variety of educational, legal and charitable initiatives through his private foundation, which bears the name Dorsey Foundation, Ltd.
Dorsey’s philanthropic efforts have been instrumental in the extension and revitalization of downtown Hamilton. Dorsey Foundation has funded a number of projects including the addition of the BMO Centre and the opening of the BMO Centre Theatre, both at the former site of theformer BMO Field. Dorsey also assisted with the redevelopment of Hamilton’s Market Square from an industrial to a community plaza. He also helped fund the establishment of the Hamilton YMCA in 2006 and The Hamilton History Society in 2011.
Dorsey and his wife Elizabeth were the owners of a small furniture store in Hamilton, Ontario. In 1982, he moved to New Brunswick to become an owner and developer in the construction industry. Dorsey’s business career began when his father built a bed building factory in Hamilton. Dorsey’s father gave him a $500 loan to buy the building a few years later, and Dorsey grew the business. Dorsey’s father died when Dorsey was 14, then in 1968 he moved back to America to teach in a New Orleans school system. Although he eventually decided to stay in New Orleans, Dorsey returned to Hamilton in 1989 to continue his education, although he had grown frustrated with the lack of public schools in the small Hamilton town. He then entered the market for educational education. The work eventually led to him founding the Dorsey Educational Foundation in 2005, offering programs in math, science and English. Dorsey’s foundation, which is a private foundation, works with organizations across Canada on a range of teaching problems, including special education, special education in the public school system, high school science and mathematics.
Dorsey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Ontario University and a Bachelor for Humanities at McMaster University. He has completed four years working with the Hamilton First Nation as an aboriginal mentor, and was named a “local activist and leader”, according to the Hamilton Spectator newspaper at a press conference held in April. It is stated that he has also worked with various non-profit groups in Hamilton including the Association of Hamilton Police Service, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Hamilton-Kent Community Police. Dorsey has also established a number of charitable foundations.
Dorsey in 2017 announced that he purchased the John A. Macdonald Memorial Centre for $6.3 million. Dorsey is one of four people living in the Macdonald Memorial Centre. Dorsey also owns a half share in the St. David’s College (University) building.
Dorsey lives in the Greater Hamilton Economic District.
Dorsey’s son, Matthew, has graduated from St. David’s as a