The Canadian Business Hall of Fame Welcomes Four Exceptional Companions

Alain Bouchard, Thomas Jenkins, Clayton H. Riddell and Nancy Southern recognized with the highest honour in Canadian Business 
Toronto, ON, May 18, 2017 – In recognition and celebration of their lifetime achievements, four outstanding business leaders will be inducted as Companions of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame by Chancellor Mr. Brian M. Levitt during the 39th annual Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony, taking place tonight at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Each year, senior business leaders from across the country gather to celebrate and honour Canada’s most distinguished leaders across all areas of business for their lifetime accomplishments and enduring contributions to the economy and society.
The Inductees being recognized this year include: 
Alain Bouchard – Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Thomas Jenkins – Chair of the Board, OpenText Corporation 
Clayton H. Riddell – Executive Chairman, Paramount Resources Ltd.
Nancy Southern – Chair, President and CEO, ATCO Ltd.
“The individuals being recognized have demonstrated outstanding leadership, ethics and dedication to their roles as top business leaders,” said Mr. Brian Levitt, Chancellor of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame. “It brings me great pleasure to celebrate the contributions these Inductees’ have made to the Canadian business industry, as well as their ongoing support in the community.”
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.
“The Canadian Business Hall of Fame’s ongoing support of JA Canada is extremely important to us and we are immensely grateful,” said Gilles Prefontaine, Chair, Board of Directors, JA Canada. “The Companions are exemplary role models and mentors for JA youth who represent Canada’s up and coming leaders, and their contributions in business and life position our next generation for success in the future.”
The Canadian Business Hall of Fame Gala is a memorable celebration of inspiration and leadership in support of Junior Achievement of Canada. It recognizes the outstanding contributions made by Canada’s foremost business leaders to the economic growth and development of our nation, in turn providing role models for future generations or enterprising youth. Proceeds from the gala help JA Canada reach the growing demand of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs for Canadian students.  
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 Reception 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 Junior Achievement of 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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