Toronto – 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
– Michael Lazaridis, President and 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
– 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.”
James Balsillie has also shown his support for Canada’s hockey industry by tabling a bid to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Southern Ontario.