Gifts in Honour

Thank you to all who have made a gift in honor of the 2022 Companions or Canada's future leaders.
Please read the inspirational notes from our 2022 gifts in honour below.


"Canada is defined by the people that help build this great nation. Inductees to the Order of the Business Hall of Fame have each made outstanding contributions to the economics well-being of communities throughout the country. To all the Inductees, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, and to Junior Achievement Canada, congratulations and thank you."

-Kathleen Taylor, C.M., Chair of the Board, Royal Bank of Canada

"The greatest legacy we can have is to serve as role models for the next generation of leaders, enabling them to achieve more than we could imagine. The Desmarais Family is an exceptional sources of inspiration for all of us. To the inductees, thank you for your remarkable contributions to Canada."

-Monique F. Leroux and Jean-Guy Desjardins

"Congratulations to all of these remarkable business leaders for a lifetime of achievement in business, and for their recognition as members of the CBHF 2022 Class of Companions. A huge shout out to Maureen Kempston Darkes for blazing a trail for all women in business to follow, and doing so with courage, humility and compassion."

-Linda Hohol

"Hassan Khosrowshahi is a classical scholar, a global citizen, a consummate gentleman, and a uniquely modern entrepreneur who has created many highly successful new enterprises in his adopted country, Canada. He is a totally inspiring story on many levels."

-Honourable David Peterson

"Congratulations to the 2022 Companions of CBHF on this well-deserved honour. We are very fortunate to have successful business leaders like the Desmarais Family and Mr. Khosrowshahi to be role models for CAnada's future leaders. Best wishes!"

-Terry Hui on behalf of Concord Pacific Foundation

"Maureen, your important contributions have made a lasting impact on the General Motors Company. You have been such an inspiration for women across GM, including me. You demonstrated early on that advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion isn't just the right thing to do - our business success depends on it."

-Mary Barra, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors

"As the 2022 CBHF Chancellor, it is my pleasure to congratulate Ms. Kempston Darkes, Mr. Khosrowshahi, and the Desmarais Family. not only are these an accomplished and diverse group of trailblazers recognized for their vision and leadership, national and global economic impact, community engagement and philanthropy, they are role models for enterprising young Canadians."

-Janice Fukakusa, C.M., Chancellor, CBHF

"Congratulations to the Desmarais family for their exceptional contribution to Canadian business and their major involvement in philanthropy."

-Pierre H. Lessard

"I extend a heartfelt congratulations to all of you on being chosen as Companions of the Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Throughout your career, your outstanding contributions have impacted the economic prosperity of Canada and have helped forge a path for future business leaders."

-Gary Smith, Executive Vice President, Operations & Innovation, on behalf of Fortis Inc.

"CN wishes to congratulate Maureen Kempston Darkes on her induction to the Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Thank you for your outstanding contribution and invaluable advice to CN's Board of Directors throughout the years. You are a true inspiration for the next generation of business leaders."

-On behalf of CN Chairman Robert Pace, President and CEO Tracy Robinson, Board Members and Railroaders

"All five honourees long list of achievements inspire a sense of optimism and pride in the Canadian business community and its commitment to creating a brighter future for Canada."

-On behalf of Nadir Mohamed