The Canadian Business Hall of Fame

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame
Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation

Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation

May 16, 2006 19:00 ET

Canadian Business Hall of Fame Welcomes Three Top Business Leaders as its 2006 Laureate Inductees

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2006) -

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- 28th Annual Induction Ceremonies and Gala Celebration honours Canada's top business leaders past and present; Proceeds from the event go to support Junior Achievement of Canada -

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF) today officially welcomed three distinguished business leaders to its ranks at a special Gala celebration and ceremony held in Toronto.

Inducted as Laureates at the 28th Annual Canadian Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies were:

- Sir Graham Day, Former Chairman, Sobeys Inc.

- Mr. Allan R. Taylor, O.C., Former Chairman and CEO, RBC Financial Group

- Mr. Michel Belanger, O.C., C.C., Former CEO, National Bank of Canada (posthumous inductee 1929-1997)

"This year's Laureates have shown an exceptional lifelong dedication to the service of Canadian business. As well, we recognize them this evening for the extensive charitable contributions they have made," said Mr. Guy St-Pierre, Chair of the Laureate Selection Committee, Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation and Past Chairman, Royal Bank of Canada.

The annual awards program in support of Junior Achievement of Canada recognizes Canadian business excellence and honours leading businessmen and women, past and present, for their outstanding achievements in business and contributions to Canadian society. Nominated by their peers, inductees are chosen by an independent selection committee representing Canada's foremost business, academic and media institutions.

"Each year, thousands of volunteers dedicate their time to making Junior Achievement a life-changing experience. Our three newest inductees have provided hope and inspiration to youth through their outstanding commitment and work," added Jos Wintermans, Chair, Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation and President & CEO, Cygnal Technologies Corporation. "Their support for business education and their personal encouragement have provided young people with the skills and confidence required to be competitive in today's business world."

Proceeds from the black tie Gala support Junior Achievement of Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring young Canadians about business and economics.

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 140 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.

The Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation operates The Canadian Business Hall of Fame and functions as the national fundraising organization for Junior Achievement of Canada. The Foundation, guided by the wisdom and leadership of Canadian Business Hall of Fame Laureates, is committed to advancing the mission of Junior Achievement. Through their involvement with the Foundation, Laureates become mentors and financial supporters who promote a legacy of business excellence and career success for Junior Achievement students across Canada.

About Junior Achievement of Canada

Junior Achievement programs have been delivered in Canada for 50 years to over 2.5 million students. With a talent gap emerging that stands to profoundly impact Canadian business and Canada's global competitiveness, J.A. is positioning itself as part of Canada's business solution and will provide business & entrepreneurship education to more than 1.8 million young Canadians over the next five years. 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 17 chartered offices serve over 400 communities coast to coast, and deliver over 240,000 student programs thanks to the time and talent of over 11,000 of J.A.s business partner volunteers annually. Through JACAN's continuum of education and program framework, young people have the opportunity to learn how business, economics and entrepreneurship really work. In 2005/6, programs were delivered cost free to over a quarter of a million elementary, middle and secondary students across Canada. By 2010, JACAN aspires to reach 350,000 students annually.

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