The Canadian Business Hall of Fame

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame

December 08, 2006 12:30 ET

2007 Canadian Business Hall of Fame Laureate Inductees Announced

Canada's business leaders recognized for contributions and achievements. As mentors and role models they help bridge the talent gap

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 8, 2006) -

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The Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation proudly announces The Canadian Business Hall of Fame 29th Laureate Class for 2007:

- A. Charles Baillie, Former Chairman and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group

- Stephen A. Jarislowsky, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Jarislowsky, Fraser and Company

- Joseph Segal, LL.D., Founder, President and Chairman, Kingswood Capital Corporation

- David F. Sobey, Chairman Emeritus, Sobeys Inc. & Donald R. Sobey, Chairman Emeritus, Empire Company, Ltd.

These five prominent business leaders are recognized for their business excellence and honoured for their outstanding business achievements and enduring contributions to Canadian society.

"Legacy and succession are two aspects of leadership most valued in today's business environment. Each of the five new Canadian Business Hall of Fame Laureates exemplify what it means to be successful and they've rightly earned this distinction," said Mr. William A. Dimma, Laureate Selection Committee member. "As Laureates, these individuals are role models for Canada's future leaders and an invaluable resource in our need to bridge the gap between the business generations."

"To keep Canada competitive in the global market, we must engage and inspire the leaders of tomorrow by preparing them for the business world," said Jos Wintermans, Chair, Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation. "It's important for us to develop and retain the talent necessary to achieve productivity as we face the challenges of the retiring Baby Boom generation and growing skills gap."

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame was established by Junior Achievement of Canada in 1979. Laureates are nominated by their peers and are chosen by an independent selection committee representing Canada's foremost business, academic and media institutions.

The new Hall of Fame members will each be formally inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame at the 2007 Induction Ceremonies & Gala Dinner in Toronto on May 2, 2007. Tickets for Canada's premier business event are available by contacting Veronique de La Loyere of The Canadian Business Hall of Fame at 416-622-4602 ext. 221 or Additional information is available at

Proceeds from this gala ensure that Junior Achievement remains a recognized leader in the delivery of business education programs for young people in Canada. Annually, over 220,000 students experience Junior Achievement programs, free of charge, thanks to the generous contributions of businesses and individuals.

About The Canadian Business Hall of Fame

Established by Junior Achievement of Canada in 1979, The Canadian Business Hall of Fame celebrates the outstanding achievements of Canada's most distinguished business leaders, past and present. Over 147 members of The Canadian Business Hall of Fame currently serve as inspiring examples for all young Canadians and are featured in a rotating display in the Allen Lambert Galleria located at BCE Place in Toronto, Ontario.

These individuals have demonstrated the qualities necessary to ensure the success and competitiveness of Canada in the global marketplace. With a growing need for community and business leaders, a skilled workforce and critical talent, The Canadian Business Hall of Fame has chosen the theme of Show Me the Way! Bridging the Talent Gap for the 29th Annual Laureate Induction Ceremonies.

About Junior Achievement of Canada

Junior Achievement programs have been delivered in Canada for 50 years to nearly 3 million students. The national office, Junior Achievement of Canada (JACAN), was established in 1967. JACAN develops, markets and licenses youth business and economic education programs in Canada. JACAN learning experiences help young people discover leadership, entrepreneurial and workforce readiness skills so they can achieve their highest potential and future successes as citizens in the global community.

JACAN's seventeen (17) chartered offices serve over 400 communities coast to coast, and deliver 8,000 in-class programs thanks to the time and talent of over 10,000 business volunteers annually. Through JACAN's suite of nine (9) programs, young people have the opportunity to learn how business and economics really work. In 2005/06, programs were delivered free-of-charge to over 220,000 elementary, middle and secondary students across Canada. JACAN is positioned to grow student reach to over six million youth within the next ten years.

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