The Canadian Business Hall of Fame

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame
Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement

November 20, 2007 11:30 ET

2008 Canadian Business Hall of Fame Laureate Inductees Announced

Annual awards program recognizes 30th Laureate Class of Canadian business leaders for contributions and achievements; induction ceremony set for May 6, 2008

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2007) -

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The JA Canada Foundation proudly announces The Canadian Business Hall of Fame 30th Laureate Class for 2008:

In preparation for the 2008 Induction Ceremonies and Gala Dinner on May 6, 2008, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame today announced its 30th Laureate Class:

- John Cleghorn, Former CEO, Royal Bank of Canada

- Serge Godin, Founder and Executive Chairman, CGI Group

- Arthur Irving, Irving Oil Limited

- Jack Irving, Irving Oil Ltd.

- J.K. Irving, J.D. Irving Ltd.

- John Robert (Bud) McCaig, Former Chairman, Trimac Corporation (posthumously)

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

New in 2008, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame will be inaugurating the Order of the Business Hall of Fame in a pre-Gala Homecoming Reception on May 6. Laureates past and present will become Companions in recognition of their outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, receiving the post-nominal designation C.B.H.F.

"Each of these six outstanding individuals to be inducted as our 30th Annual Laureate Class of 2008 has made a significant and valuable contribution to the Canadian business community, the country's economy and quality of life in Canada," said Mr. Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group and Chancellor to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. "It is my great pleasure to announce these exceptional Canadians as Inductees for their past achievements as well as the legacy they have created for future generations of aspiring young business leaders."

"Canada's competitiveness and prosperity in the global market requires a united front of both present and future leaders to define the vision of growth and sustainability." said Jos Wintermans, Chairman and CEO of Cygnal Technologies and JA Canada Foundation Chairman. "The Canadian Business Hall of Fame serves the business community to help bridge the skills gap and be a part of the solution to emerging workforce challenges due to the retiring Baby Boom generation."

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 2008 Induction Ceremonies & Gala Dinner in Toronto on May 6th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Tickets for Canada's premier business event are available by contacting Aurelia Karasiejus 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 (JA 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 Brookfield 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 adopted the theme of Bridging the Talent Gap for the 30th Annual Laureate Induction Ceremonies.

About JA Canada™

Junior Achievement programs have been delivered in Canada for over 50 years to nearly 3 million students. JA Canada develops, markets and licenses youth business and economic education programs in Canada. JA 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.

JA Canada's seventeen (17) licensed 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 a suite of nine (9) curriculum-matched 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. JA Canada is positioned to grow student reach to over six million youth within the next ten years.

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