Past Recipients

Albert D. Cohen, O.C.

Albert D. Cohen, O.C.

1984

Chairman & CEO
Gendis Inc.
Winnipeg, Canada

Paul Desmarais, C.C.

Paul Desmarais, C.C.

1985

Chairman & CEO
Power Corporation
Montreal, Canada

Jim Pattison, O.C.

Jim Pattison, O.C.

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, U.S.A.

Sir John Egan

Sir John Egan

1989

Former Chairman & CEO Jaguar PLC
London, England

Ronald Southern, C.M., M.B.E.

Ronald Southern, C.M., M.B.E.

1990

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

Thomas J. Bata, C.C.

Thomas J. Bata, C.C.

1991

Chairman
Bata Limited
Toronto, Canada

George A. Cohon, O.C.

George A. Cohon, O.C.

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, U.S.A.

Roberto C. Goizueta

Roberto C. Goizueta

1994

Chairman of the Board & CEO
The Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

1995

Founder & Chairman
Virgin Group of Companies
London, England

Israel Asper, O.C., Q.C.

Israel Asper, O.C., Q.C.

1997

Chairman & CEO
CanWest Global Communications Corp.
Winnipeg, Canada

Laurent Beaudoin C.C., O.Q.

Laurent Beaudoin C.C., O.Q.

1998

Chairman & CEO Bombardier Inc.
Montreal, Canada

Isadore Sharp, O.C.

Isadore Sharp, O.C.

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, U.S.A.

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, U.S.A.

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
Canada

N. Murray Edwards

N. Murray Edwards

2010

President
Edco Financial Holdings Ltd.
Canada

Jim Sinegal

Jim Sinegal

2011

CEO & Co-Founder Costco Wholesale Corporation

Stu Clark

Stu Clark

2012

Philanthropist &
Entrepreneur

Linda Hasenfratz

Linda Hasenfratz

2014

CEO
Linamar Corporation
David Thomson

David Thomson

2015

Co-Chairman
The Woodbridge Company
V. Prem Watsa

V. Prem Watsa

2016

Chairman & CEO
Fairfax Financial Holdings

David Foster

David Foster

2017

Chairman & Founder David Foster Foundation

Arriana Huffington

Arriana Huffington

2018

CEO & Founder
Thrive Global,
Founder
The Huffington Post

Hartley Richardson

Hartley Richardson

2019

President & CEO
James Richardson & Sons, Ltd.