Class of 2006
A holder of dual Canadian-British citizenship, and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989 for services to British industry, Sir Graham Day was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1933.
Counsel to the Atlantic Canada law firm of Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales, Sir Graham graduated from the Law School at Dalhousie University, as well as receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Laws and holding the position of Chancellor Emeritus. He also received Honorary Degrees from eight institutions in the United Kingdom.
Among many board of director positions with companies in five jurisdictions, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive of British Shipbuilders and The Rover Group, and Chairman of British Aerospace, PowerGen and Cadbury Schweppes PLC.
Sir Graham retired as Lead Director of The Bank of Nova Scotia in 2003 and as Chairman of Sobeys Inc. in 2004, while continuing to act as an independent/non-executive director of several public and private companies. His other Directorships include Empire Company Ltd., Extendicare Inc., and The Shaw Group Limited.
When resident in the United Kingdom, Sir Graham served the British Government in a number of unpaid capacities.
A member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, The Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association, the former officer in the Canadian Army (Reserve), was appointed in 2005 by the Minister of National Defence to be the Honorary Colonel of the West Nova Scotia Regiment.