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2007 Recipient—John Cleghorn

John CleghornThe Conference Board of Canada is pleased to announce that John E. Cleghorn, O.C., F.C.A. will be presented the 2007 Honorary Associate Award at our 27th Annual General Meeting and 2007 Honorary Associate Award Dinner on Monday, November 5, 2007 at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

The Honorary Associate Award is the Conference Board’s highest honour, awarded annually to a person who has served Canada and their organization with distinction over an outstanding career.

We invite you and your organization to purchase a corporate table and join other senior executives from Canada’s top business, government, academic, and volunteer organizations in celebrating John Cleghorn and his many accomplishments.

John Cleghorn is Chairman of the Board of Canadian Pacific Railway. He joined CP Rail as a Director in October 2001 and became its Chairman on May 5, 2006. John is perhaps best known for his long tenure with Royal Bank of Canada, where he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer when he retired in 2001. He joined Royal Bank of Canada in 1974 and held senior positions in many areas, becoming President in 1986, Chief Operating Officer in 1990, Chief Executive Officer in 1994, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1995.

John began his career articling with Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young) becoming a chartered accountant in 1964, following which he was a Sugar Futures Trader with St. Lawrence Sugar. From 1966 to 1974 he worked for Citibank and its Canadian affiliate, Mercantile Bank, with assignments in New York, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

John is a Director of Molson Coors Brewing Company, a Member of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management’s International Advisory Board, Chancellor Emeritus of Wilfrid Laurier University, Director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and Governor of the Historica Foundation of Canada. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and a fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec.

Throughout his career, John has become one of Canada’s most respected corporate leaders and is admired for both his business acumen and his deep sense of corporate social responsibility. A long-standing member and Governor Emeritus of McGill’s Board of Governors, he led a record-setting capital campaign for the university. John and his wife, Pattie, are currently supporting research projects in the faculties of Medicine and Management at McGill. They are also funding the Cleghorn Battlefield Fellowships for students at Wilfrid Laurier University to tour Canadian battlefields and cemeteries in Europe, each summer. John was a member of The Conference Board of Canada’s Board of Directors from 1994 to 2001 and was its Chairman from 1998 to 2000. Having had the privilege of working with John in his capacity as Chairman and CEO of Royal Bank, I can add that the many public distinctions he has earned are matched by his personal generosity, sincerity, integrity, and concern for the community.

We, at The Conference Board of Canada, are very proud to honour John E. Cleghorn, O.C., F.C.A. with our 2007 Honorary Associate Award. Please join us, along with Canada’s top private and public sector leaders, in celebrating the many accomplishments of this exceptional Canadian.