Past Recipients

Albert D. Cohen

Albert D. Cohen

1984

Chairman & CEO
Gendis Inc.
Winnipeg, Canada

Paul Desmarais

Paul Desmarais

1985

Chairman & CEO
Power Corporation
Montreal, Canada

Jim Pattison

Jim Pattison

1986

Managing Director & CEO Pattison Group of Companies
Vancouver, Canada

Akio Morita

Akio Morita

1987

Honourary Chairman
& Co-Founder
Sony Corporation
Tokyo, Japan

Ross Perot

Ross Perot

1988

Chairman & CEO
The Ross Perot Group
Dallas, Texas, USA

Sir John Egan

Sir John Egan

1989

Former Chairman & CEO Jaguar PLC
London, England

Ronald Southern

Ronald Southern

1990

Chairman, President & CEO of ATCO Ltd., Chairman
Canadian Utilities Limited
Calgary, Canada

Thomas J. Bata

Thomas J. Bata

1991

Chairman
Bata Limited
Toronto, Canada

George A. Cohon

George A. Cohon

1992

Former Chairman, President & CEO McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited
Toronto, Canada

Dwayne O. Andreas

Dwayne O. Andreas

1993

Chairman of the Board & CEO
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Decatur, Illinois, USA

Roberto C. Goizueta

Roberto C. Goizueta

1994

Chairman of the Board & CEO
The Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

1995

Founder & Chairman
Virgin Group of Companies
London, England

W. Galen Weston

W. Galen Weston

1996

Chairman & President George Weston Limited Toronto, Canada

 

Israel Asper

Israel Asper

1997

Chairman & CEO
CanWest Global Communications Corp.
Winnipeg, Canada

Laurent Beaudoin

Laurent Beaudoin

1998

Chairman & CEO Bombardier Inc.
Montreal, Canada

Isadore Sharp

Isadore Sharp

1999

Chairman & CEO
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Toronto, Canada

Li Ka-shing

Li Ka-shing

2000

Chairman
Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, and Hutchison Whampoa Limited
Hong Kong

Edward Rogers, O.C.

Edward Rogers, O.C.

2001

Chairman & CEO
Rogers Communications Inc.
Toronto, Canada

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

2002

Chairman & CEO
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
New York, NY, USA

Heather Reisman & Gerald W. Schwartz

Heather Reisman & Gerald W. Schwartz

2003

President & CEO
Indigo Books and Music Inc.
Chairman & CEO
Onex Corporation
Toronto, Canada

Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz

2004

Chairman & Chief Global Strategist
Starbucks Coffee Company
Seattle, Washington, USA

Stephen A. Jarislowsky

Stephen A. Jarislowsky

2005

Chairman & CEO Jarislowsky Fraser & Company Ltd.
Montreal, Canada

Dame Anita Roddick

Dame Anita Roddick

2006

Founder
The Body Shop
London, England

Dominic D'Alessandro

Dominic D'Alessandro

2007

President & CEO
Manulife Financial
Toronto, Canada

Peter Munk

Peter Munk

2008

Founder & Chairman, Barrick Gold Corporation
Canada

Jim Balsillie

Jim Balsillie

2009

Co-CEO
Research In Motion
Waterloo, Canada

N. Murray Edwards

N. Murray Edwards

2010

President
Edco Financial Holdings Ltd.
Calgary, Canada

Jim Sinegal

Jim Sinegal

2011

CEO & Co-Founder Costco Wholesale Corporation
Issaquah, USA

Stu Clark

Stu Clark

2012

Philanthropist &
Entrepreneur
Calgary, Canada

Chip Wilson

Chip Wilson

2013

Founder & Chairman Lululemon Athletica Inc. Vancouver, Canada

Linda Hasenfratz

Linda Hasenfratz

2014

CEO
Linamar Corporation
Guelph, Canada

David Thomson

David Thomson

2015

Co-Chairman
The Woodbridge Company
Toronto, Canada

V. Prem Watsa

V. Prem Watsa

2016

Chairman & CEO
Fairfax Financial Holdings
Toronto, Canada

David Foster

David Foster

2017

Chairman & Founder David Foster Foundation
Los Angeles, USA

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

2018

CEO & Founder
Thrive Global,
Founder
The Huffington Post
New York, USA

Hartley Richardson

Hartley Richardson

2019

President & CEO
James Richardson & Sons, Ltd.
Winnipeg, Canada

Ernest Rady

Ernest Rady

2021

Founder, President & CEO
American Assets Trust
Winnipeg, Canada