The Canadian Business Hall of Fame

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame
Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement

May 07, 2008 08:00 ET

Canadian Business Hall of Fame Honours Laureates as Companions of the Business Hall of Fame

Inaugural Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame commemorates 30 years of celebrating Canadian business leadership

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) -

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The Canadian Business Hall of Fame and Chancellor Frank McKenna officially presented the inaugural Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame last night at a gala dinner. The Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame is a new honours system celebrating of lifetime achievement in business and setting a standard of excellence for the business community. Business Hall of Fame Laureates from the past 30 years, including those most recently inducted, received this post-nominal designation as Companions of the Business Hall of Fame, C.B.H.F. The Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame recognizes the efforts of leaders from all areas of Canadian business and their contributions to the economy, community and to Canada.

"Companions of the Business Hall of Fame are the role models and mentors who can inspire Canada's emerging leaders and future workforce," said Ross Maund, President, Junior Achievement of Canada. "Their great leadership, charitable contributions and their tireless dedication helps bridge the expanding talent gap the Canadian business world is experiencing."

Six members of the Canadian business community were inducted both as Laureates and as Companions:

- John E. Cleghorn, Former Chairman and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC Financial Group)

- Serge Godin, Founder and Executive Chairman, CGI Group Inc.

- Arthur Irving , Irving Oil Ltd.

- John Ernest (Jack) Irving, Irving Oil Ltd.

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

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

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.

"The Canadian Business Hall of Fame's newest inductees are an inspiration to today's youth. Junior Achievement and its volunteers offer life-changing business experience to thousands of Canadian students. Our inductees have demonstrated the key skills needed in the business world and have provided hope to youth through their outstanding commitment and contributions," added Mr. Maund. "Their continuing support for business education provides young Canadians with the skills and confidence required to be competitive in today's business world."

Preceding the inaugural Order and Induction Ceremonies was the Business Hall of Fame Summit 2008: Managing Talent in a Global Business. Several generations of business leaders, from BHF Laureates, senior executives, Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey) undergraduate students and Junior Achievement students, interacted in a workshop facilitated by Research in Motion (RIM) to find solutions to the BHF Summit 2008 research study that identified globalization as the top issue facing Canada's competitiveness in a global marketplace. Research was conducted by Ivey students.

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 150 members of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame currently serve as inspiring examples for all young Canadians and are featured in an interactive display at 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 chosen the theme of Bridging the Talent Gap for the 30th Annual Laureate Induction Ceremonies.

About Junior Achievement of Canada

Junior Achievement (JA) programs have been delivered in Canada for 50 years to nearly three million students. JA Canada develops, markets and licenses youth economic and entrepreneurial education programs across the country. JA Canada 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-aligned programs, young people have the opportunity to learn how business and economics really work. In 2007/08, programs were delivered free-of-charge to over 240,000 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 alone with the financial and volunteer support of the business community.

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