Six New Canadian Business Leaders Become Order of the Business Hall of Fame Recipients



    TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - The Order of the Business Hall of Fame officially
welcomed this year's Order of the Business Hall of Fame Companions 31st annual
Gala Dinner Induction Ceremony last night at the Metro Toronto Convention
Centre.
    The annual awards program honours leaders of Canadian business who have
made exceptional contributions to the economy, community and Canadian society.
    "In today's economy, it is more important than ever to have active role
models who demonstrate exceptional leadership. The 2009 Inductees are examples
of what all of us in business and education might aspire to, said Ross Maund,
President, Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation.
    Order of the Business Hall of Fame Chancellor Frank McKenna led the
induction ceremony as six new Companions were announced:

    
    -   James Balsillie, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Research In Motion
    -   Jack Lynn Cockwell, Group Chairman, Brookfield Asset Management Inc
    -   Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien, Co-chair, de Gaspé Beaubien Family
        Foundation
    -   Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien, Co-chair, de Gaspé Beaubien Family
        Foundation
    -   Michael Lazaridis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Research In
        Motion
    -   Joseph Rotman, Chairman, Roy-L Capital Corporation
    

    Recognition as an Order of the Business Hall of Fame Companion is the
pinnacle of success in business. Inductees are chosen in for their outstanding
achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to the Canadian economy
and the Canadian business community at large. Nominated by their peers, an
independent selection committee representing Canada's foremost business,
academic and media institutions preside over the annual selection process.
    "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."

    About The Order of the Business Hall of Fame

    Established by the Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation in 1979, The
Canadian Business Hall of Fame celebrates the lifetime accomplishments of
Canada's most distinguished business leaders, past and present. In 2008, the
Order of the Business Hall of Fame was inaugurated and established as the
pre-eminent honours system for life achievements in business and service to
the economy, community and our nation. 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.

    About the JA Canada(TM)

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Camille DePutter, Cohn & Wolfe, Tel: (416)
924-5700 x 4058, Email: camille.deputter@cohnwolfe.com

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