JA New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame - Year One

The 2016 Junior Achievement New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame will mark the 20th Anniversary of the induction ceremony.  As part of the 20th Anniversary Celebrations, we’re taking a look back at the previous 19 events that brought us to year 20!  So lets start the countdown to Year Twenty!  Year One…1997!

The first New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame took place in 1997 in Moncton, New Brunswick.  The inaugural event saw 10 of New Brunswick’s business giants inducted into the prestigious Business Hall of Fame!  The 1997 Class represented companies like Essar (formerly Algoma Steel Corporation), Ganong, Irving, McCain Foods Limited, Moosehead Breweries and Air Canada.

CLASS OF 1997

Sir James Dunn was elected to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 1989.  Described by his friend and fellow New Brunswicker Lord Beaverbrook as "the foremost industrial genius that Canada has produced."  Sir James Dunn took over the bankrupt Algoma Steel Corporation and turned it into one of the most efficient steel producers on the continent.

Arthur Ganong was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 1992.  He joined the family-owned candy business as an apprentice at the age of 19 and spent the next 64 years with the company - 40 of them as its president.  The Ganongs are credited with being the first company to introduce the chocolate bar.

Arthur L., James K & John E. Irving - Over the last five decades brothers James (Jim), Arthur and Jack Irving have built upon the New Brunswick-based business interests founded by their father, K.C. Irving.  The Irving brothers inherited their father's entrepreneurial spirit and added the teamwork and vision needed to compete in today's global marketplace.  Whether in forest products, pulp and paper, refining or consumer oil and gas - Arthur, Jack and Jim have left their own indelible marks on the endeavours they each pursued.

K.C. Irving - In 1979, Kenneth Colin Irving was the first New Brunswicker elected to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.  He established the Irving Oil Company and saw the virtues of vertical integration long before the term was invented.  From his home base in Saint John, he built an international business and industrial empire that employs tens of thousands of people.  K.C. Irving was a visionary who helped this province and his country grow, hand-in-hand with his own enterprises.

Harrison McCain was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 1993.  He is one of the founders of McCain Foods Limited, which has grown to become one of the world's largest processors of frozen foods.  Harrison McCain is recognized for embracing a global perspective and building a Canadian consumer brand that is known around the world.

Wallace McCain was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 1993.  As one of the founders of McCain Foods Limited, Wallace McCain played a key role in establishing the company as a global giant in the frozen food industry.  Later in his career, he applied that same vision and leadership to Maple Leaf Foods Ltd.  

Philip Oland started his career in his father's brewery in 1932 and worked his way up to president and CEO of Moosehead Breweries in 1961.  In 1982, he became CEO and chairman of the company, a position he held until his death in November 1996.  Philip Oland guided the family business during its most expansive period, launching Moosehead Beer in the United States, Great Britain and Australia.

Claude I. Taylor’s career at Air Canada spanned more than 43 years. The Salisbury native started in 1949 as a ticket agent at the Moncton Airport and by 1976 had worked his way up to president and CEO of the government-owned company. In 1984, he was named chairman of the board. He retired in 1992, retaining the title of chairman emeritus of Air Canada.
 

The 20th Anniversary of the Junior Achievement New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame will take place on November 1st in Moncton at Casino New Brunswick.  For ticket information, please visit www.janbhalloffame.ca or call the JA New Brunswick office at 506.455.6552!

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