Class of 2007
Stephen A. Jarislowsky was born in Berlin, Germany in September 1925. He attended public and high school in the Netherlands and France and then immigrated to the United States in 1941. Mr. Jarislowsky attended preparatory school in Asheville, North Carolina, and studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University prior to serving in the US Army. He finished basic training and studied Japanese at the University of Chicago prior to serving in Counter-Intelligence in Japan after the War.
In 1946, he returned to the University of Chicago, graduating with an MA and Phi Beta Kappa Honours, and followed this with MBA studies at Harvard Business School, graduating in 1949. He worked three years with Alcan Aluminium in Montreal, and briefly returned to the United States prior to establishing Jarislowsky Fraser Limited in June of 1955 in Montreal.
Mr. Jarislowsky has been active in other corporations, including SNC-Lavalin, Canfor, Southam and Abitibi. Known for his participation in educational, as well as cultural and charitable activities of many kinds, he endowed sixteen University Chairs and also contributed frequently to television, radio, magazines and newspapers, as well as serving as a Director of the influential C.D. Howe Institute.
He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, L’Ordre National du Québec, and Honorary LL.D degrees from Queens University, the University of Alberta, the Université de Montréal, McMaster University, Concordia University, Assumption University and L’Université Laval.
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.