The Canadian Business Hall of Fame

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame
Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation

Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation

May 03, 2007 07:30 ET

Canadian Business Hall of Fame Welcomes Five Top Business Leaders as its 2007 Laureate Inductees

- 29th Annual Induction Ceremonies and Gala Celebration honours Canada's top business leaders past and present; $1 million raised to support Junior Achievement of Canada -

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) -

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

Inducted as Laureates at the 29th Annual Canadian Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies were:

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

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

- Joseph Segal, Founder, President and Chairman, Kingswood Capital Corporation

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

"This year's inductees are an incredible example of the business leaders in Canada today. We recognize these men tonight for their great leadership, charitable contributions and their tireless dedication to helping to bridge the expanding talent gap the Canadian business world is experiencing," said Ross Maund, President, Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation.

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

This year's Gala also marked the inaugural presentation of the Peter Mansbridge Youth Leadership Award to Nicholas Semeniuk of Junior Achievement Southern Alberta. The $5,000 award, presented by CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, Master of Ceremonies at the gala dinner, was in recognition for Semeniuk's accomplishments at school and in the community.

One million dollars has been raised through the black tie Gala and will go towards supporting the various programs of 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 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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