Each year, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of some of the country's most distinguished business leaders. Yesterday, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame is announced its 2019 Class of Companion Inductees:
• Claude Lamoureux, Retired President & Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
• Chief Clarence Louie O.C., First Nations leader, Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band
• Stephen J.R. Smith, Chairman & CEO, First National Financial
• Annette Verschuren, Chair & CEO, NRStor Inc.
"The 2019 Class of Companion Inductees is a very special group. The Canadian Business Hall of Fame is honoured to recognize their enduring contributions to the business community and our country," said Mr. David Denison, Chancellor of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame. "On June 19, 2019, we will have the great privilege of highlighting their excellence in business leadership, outstanding professional achievements and dedication to bettering Canada's social fabric."
The Canadian Business Hall of Fame was established by JA Canada in 1979 to honour Canada's pre-eminent business leaders for their professional and philanthropic achievements. Companions are nominated by their peers and are chosen by an independent selection committee. As the national partner of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge is responsible for managing the overall search process and identifying potential nominees according to key criteria.
"The dedication and achievements of the 2019 Companion Class sets an excellent example for our JA youth, who are Canada's future leaders" said Scott Hillier, President and CEO, JA Canada. "We are honoured to recognize these Canadian business leaders for the inspiration they provide to our students, as they work towards recognizing their dreams and creating lives that enrich us all."
This year's Class of Companions will formally be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame at the 2019 Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 19, 2019. Proceeds from this gala help JA Canada meet the growing demand for financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs for Canadian students, which are essential to youth's future success.