Aldo Bensadoun, Guy Laliberté, Seymour Schulich, and W. Galen Weston
honoured last night at Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies
TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - In recognition of their vision, professional
achievements and contributions to the Canadian economy, four
accomplished Canadian business leaders were inducted as Order of the
Business Hall of Fame Companions by Chancellor Tom O'Neill and almost
1600 senior executives and business leaders during the 33rd annual Gala Dinner Induction Ceremony, held last night at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre.
This year's inductees include:
Aldo Bensadoun Founder and CEO, Aldo Group Inc.
Guy Laliberté O.C., C.Q. Founder, Cirque du Soleil
Seymour Schulich, C.M. President, Nevada Capital Corporation Ltd.
W. Galen Weston O.C., O.ONT. Chairman and President, George Weston
"On behalf of the selection committee and the Canadian business
community, it is my honour to welcome these four individuals into the
Hall of Fame, where they join an elite community of past and present
business visionaries," says Mr. O'Neill, Chairman of the Board, Bell
Canada and Chancellor, Order of the Business Hall of Fame. "Their
drive, skill and sense of service, and the role they play in the
development and prosperity of Canada, have truly set them apart."
"This year's Companions have already had a profound impact on our
economy, but what's more exciting is their ability to inspire a new
generation of business leaders," says Ross Maund, President and CEO,
Junior Achievement of Canada. "Our nation's ongoing prosperity depends
on fostering young Canadians who are eager and ready to be productive
members of society - and our next generation of leaders. Our Companions
are invaluable role models to Junior Achievement youth."
The Canadian Business Hall of Fame was established by Junior Achievement
of Canada in 1979. Recognition as an Order of the Business Hall of Fame
Companion is the highest honour in Canadian business. Companions are
nominated by their peers and are chosen by an independent selection
committee representing Canada's foremost business, academic and media
Proceeds from the gala help Junior Achievement make a substantial,
positive annual impact on Canada's economy by instilling financial
literacy and encouraging entrepreneurial aspirations among young
Canadians. Each year, 230,000 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 in 1979, The Canadian
Business Hall of Fame celebrates the outstanding achievements of
Canada's most distinguished business leaders, past and present. Over
150 Order of the Business Hall of Fame Companions 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. For information regarding for Canada's premier business
event, please visit www.cbhof.ca.
About Junior Achievement of Canada
For over 50 years, Junior Achievement learning experiences have helped
young Canadians discover financial literacy, entrepreneurial and work
readiness skills so they can achieve their highest potential as
citizens of our global community. Across Canada, Junior Achievement
reaches over 230,000 students annually with 13,029 dedicated business
mentors in over 400 communities delivering a suite of eight national
programs. Since 1955, almost 3.8 million Canadian youth have
participated in our business learning experiences free-of-charge. For
more information, please visit www.jacan.org.
SOURCE Junior Achievement of Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Junior Achievement of Canada/Canadian Business Hall of Fame
Phone 416-622-4602, ext. 229