The Canadian Business Hall of Fame Welcomes Five Exceptional Companions


W. Edmund Clark, Rick George, Frank Hasenfratz, Linda Hasenfratz, Gordon M. Nixon recognized with the highest honour in Canadian Business 

Toronto, ON, May 12, 2016 – In recognition and celebration of their lifetime achievements, five outstanding business leaders will be inducted as Companions of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame by Chancellor Mr. L.R. Wilson during the 38th annual Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony. 

Tonight, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, these Canadian business leaders will be honoured for their enduring contributions to the Canadian economy and society. 

This year’s Inductees are: 

·       W. Edmund Clark, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Group

·       Rick George, Partner, Novo Investment Group and Former President and CEO, Suncor Energy Inc.

·       Frank Hasenfratz, Chairman, Linamar

·       Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar

·       Gordon M. Nixon, Former President, CEO and Director, RBC

“It brings me great pleasure to recognize these exceptional Canadians for their lifetime accomplishments, and the legacy they have created for future generations,” said Mr. L.R. Wilson, Chancellor of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame. “Their everlasting contributions to our society merit the full honour of being awarded Canada’s most distinguished business order.”

The Order of the Business Hall of Fame is the highest honour of its kind in Canadian business. Each year, business leaders are nominated by their peers and chosen by an independent selection committee representing Canada’s foremost business and academic institutions. The process is managed in its entirety by Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, the National Partner of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

"We are deeply grateful to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame for their ongoing support of JA Canada,” said Kevin Dane Chair, Board of Directors, JA Canada.  “The remarkable individuals honoured here tonight have shown a great commitment to the future of business, and are true role models for Canada’s next generation of business leaders.”

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame Gala is a memorable celebration of inspiration and leadership in support of JA Canada. The major sponsors of the Gala and associated recognition events are Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, National Partner of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, The Globe and Mail Official Media Partner, and Royal Bank of Canada Announcement Luncheon Sponsor. 

About the Canadian Business Hall of Fame

Founded by JA Canada in 1979, The Canadian Business Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the lifetime accomplishments of Canada’s most esteemed business leaders by inducting them into the prestigious Order of the Business Hall of Fame. The Order was created in order to honour inspiring Canadian business leaders and provide role models to youth across the country.  For more information please visit

About JA Canada 

JA Canada is the country's largest youth business education organization and is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy. Offering programs in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness, JA Canada strives to help students make informed and knowledgeable financial decisions, develop career plans and express their innovative spirit. For more information please visit or follow JA Canada on Twitter @JA_Canada.


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