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 Limited.

"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 institutions.

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:

Kristina Fixter
Director of Communications
Junior Achievement of Canada/Canadian Business Hall of Fame
Phone 416-622-4602, ext. 229


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