Class of 1980
Sir Joseph Flavelle is the acknowledged patriarch of the Canadian meat packing industry. Before he was 20, he had purchased a small flour and feed mill near Peterborough, the place of his birth.
Flavelle took over the management of William Davies Meat Company, the forerunner of Canada Packers, introducing new production and marketing techniques. Working conditions and safety standards were second to none and the company pioneered in the concepts of profit sharing and pensions.
Sir Joseph extended his activities into other ventures. He became the principal owner of the Robert Simpson Company, President of National Trust and Chairman of the Bank of Commerce.
He firmly believed that capitalism and conscience are not exclusive of each other.