Class of 2000
Purdy Crawford is a native of Five Islands, Nova Scotia and the former non-executive Chairman of Imasco Limited, C.T. Financial Services Inc., and Canada Trustco Mortgage Company. A graduate of Mount Allison University, Dalhousie Law School and Harvard Law School, Crawford is currently Counsel at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, practicing primarily in the corporate/commercial area. He also continues to serve as the non-executive Chairman of AT&T Canada.
Crawford joined Imasco Limited in 1985, and in 1987 was named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in 1995, but continued serving as non-executive Chairman until the sale of Imasco in February 2000.
In both Canada and the United States, Purdy Crawford has sat on the boards of several large public companies. He was Chancellor of Mount Allison University, where the Purdy Crawford Teaching Centre was named in his honour. In addition, Crawford is well known as an active fundraiser for several charities, especially for Centraide's 1,2,3 GO! project for early childhood development.
Crawford’s contributions have been recognized by a number of organizations. In 1995 he was awarded the United Way Canada Volunteerism Award for outstanding contributions to Canadian society. He received the Friend of Education Award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education in 1996. That same year he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was later promoted to a Companion of the Order in 2007. In 1997 he was inducted into Junior Achievement’s Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, and was honoured with a Fellowship in the Institute of Corporate Directors in 1999.
Purdy Crawford is known for his integrity and commitment to worthy causes. He continues to be an active and valuable member of his community.
On August 12, 2014 the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement of Canada bid farewell to Mr. Crawford. He was a dear friend incredible supporter and ambassabor of Junior Achievement of Canada. His long history with the organization includes founding the Junior Achievement of Canada Foundation as one of three original directors and serving on its board for almost ten years.