Order of the Business Hall of Fame

Order of the Business Hall of Fame

November 18, 2008 11:30 ET

2009 Order of the Business Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Annual awards program recognizes 31st Companion Class of Canadian business leaders for contributions and achievements; induction ceremony set for May 5, 2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2008) -

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The JA Canada Foundation proudly announces The Order of the Business Hall of Fame 31st Companion Class for 2009.

In preparation for the 2009 Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony on May 5, 2009, The Order of the Business Hall of Fame today announced its 31st Companion Class:

- Jim Balsillie, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Research In Motion

- Jack Lynn Cockwell, Group Chairman, Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

- Nan-b de Gaspe Beaubien, Co-chair, de Gaspe Beaubien Family Foundation

- Philippe de Gaspe Beaubien, Co-chair, de Gaspe Beaubien Family Foundation

- Mike Lazaridis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Research In Motion

- Joseph Rotman, Chairman, Roy-L Capital Corporation

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

"Each of these six outstanding individuals to be inducted as our 31st Annual Companion Class of 2009 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 Order of the 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 Ross Maund, President, Junior Achievement of Canada. "The Order of the 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 Order of the Business Hall of Fame was established by Junior Achievement of Canada in 1979. Companions 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 Companions will each be formally inducted into The Order of the Business Hall of Fame at the 2009 Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony in Toronto on May 5th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Tickets for Canada's premier business event are available by contacting Richard Friedman of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame at 416-622-4602 ext. 228 or rfriedman@cbhof.ca. Additional information is available at www.cbhof.ca.

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 244,000 students experience Junior Achievement programs, free of charge, thanks to the generous contributions of businesses and individuals.

About The Order of the Business Hall of Fame

Established by Junior Achievement of Canada in 1979, The Canadian Business Hall of Fame celebrates the lifetime accomplishments of Canada's most distinguished business leaders, past and present. Each year, Inductees are chosen as Companions to the Business Hall of Fame for their enduring contributions to the economic development and prosperity of Canada. Nominated by their peers, Inductees are selected by an independent Selection Committee representing Canada's foremost business, academic and media institutions. As leading examples of achievement in business and in life, these individuals have demonstrated the qualities necessary to ensure the success and competitiveness of Canada in a global marketplace. As Companions, they become mentors and role models for Junior Achievement students and Canada's future business leaders. With the inauguration of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame™ and the National Business Archives of Canada™ the Hall is now a destination for business knowledge, information and celebration with the mission to secure Canada's economic prosperity and competitiveness in a global marketplace.

About JA Canada™

For over 50 years, Junior Achievement learning experiences have helped young Canadians discover leadership, entrepreneurial and workforce readiness skills so they can achieve their highest potential as citizens of our global community. Across Canada, Junior Achievement reaches over 244,000 students annually with 14,000 dedicated business volunteers in over 400 communities delivering a suite of nine curriculum-matched programs. Since 1955, 3 million Canadian youth have participated in our business and entrepreneurial education programs free-of-charge.

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