Class of 2008
John Cleghorn joined Canadian Pacific Railway as a director in October 2001 and became Chairman of the Board on May 5, 2006. He is also a director of Molson Coors Brewing Company and was Chairman of the Board of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. from May 2002 until he retired in May 2007. He was Chairman and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC Financial Group) until he retired on July 31, 2001.
Born in Montreal July 7,1941, he graduated from McGill University with a B. Comm. in 1962. He joined Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young) becoming a chartered accountant in 1964, following which he was with St. Lawrence Sugar and then Citibank and its affiliate, Mercantile Bank.
He joined Royal Bank of Canada in 1974, becoming president in 1986; chief operating officer in 1990; chief executive officer in 1994, and chairman and chief executive officer in 1995.
He is Governor Emeritus of McGill University and Member of the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management’s International Advisory Board, Chancellor Emeritus of Wilfrid Laurier University, Director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and Governor of Historica Foundation of Canada. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and a fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec. He holds honorary degrees from Acadia, Bishop's, McGill and Wilfrid Laurier Universities and the Honorary Associate Award from The Conference Board of Canada. John and his wife, Pattie, are currently supporting research projects in the faculties of Medicine and Management at McGill University. They are also funding the Cleghorn Battlefield Fellowships for students at Wilfrid Laurier University to tour Canadian battlefields and cemeteries in Europe.