Famous alumni from Canada's top private schools
Why a group of private schools mint so many of Canada's cultural, political, and economic leaders
There are over 15,500 elementary and secondary schools in Canada. Yet a small handful of them churn out a startling number of Canada’s cultural, political, and economic leaders.
We'll put this phenomenon in context, and list the most influential people who came of age at Canadian private schools.
The connection between power and independent education was identified as far back as 1965 when John Porter wrote The Vertical Mosaic, a landmark treatise on the sociology of class in Canada. While only 6 per cent of students attended private schools, he pointed out, 34 per cent of the country's economic elite came up through the private system.
Fifty years later, it seems not much has changed. National enrollment has held steady around 6 per cent. And while private schools are a great deal more accessible now to students of varying economic backgrounds, they still appear to produce a disproportionate number of Canada's leaders and difference-makers.
Reading through the alumni list below is like reading a Canadian 'Who's Who'
Indeed, reading through the list of alumni below is like reading a Canadian "Who's Who". Ministers and Viceroys, Rhodes Scholars, Olympians and sports stars, Members of the Order of Canada, Nobel Prize winners, inventors, entrepreneurs, Fortune 50 CEOs, Oscar winners, military generals, humanitarians — there is no peak left unclaimed.
Socialization at Canadian private schools
But what explains this?
It's possible private schools merely correlate with the success of their alumni, and don't cause it. Private school students might succeed no matter the school they attend, and benefit instead from the educated and financially secure families they have tended (historically) to come from.
But it's difficult to dismiss schools' role out of hand: if the home environment is so influential in a child's development — whether through attitudes and values passed down from parents, physical resources, or social connections — then surely the school environment and community plays a role too. It's hard to accept that socialization ceases to count when children step onto a school's grounds.
Porter thought private schools gave students both the values and connections for assuming leadership positions later in life.
Porter delved particularly into the role of values and beliefs — they "are as important as technical competence" in predicting future socio-economic status, he argued — and thought private schools gave students both the values and connections for assuming leadership positions later in life.
Private schools allowed students to form friendships with future difference-makers – to be surrounded by other ambitious, upwardly-mobile students. All the while — whether they knew it or not — students received an education in how leaders think and act. In this manner, Porter argued, private school students became members of a certain "class". They identified with one another — sharing fundamental beliefs — and tended to become leaders, together, in Canadian society.
Private schools thus became hothouses, of sorts, for ambition and excellence. And alumni had an easier time succeeding because they had an immediate rapport with those already in power.
The development of a self-concept
Porter's thinking dovetails nicely into modern research on the relationship between academic self-concept and academic outcomes. There is evidence students' self-concept — meaning their beliefs around both their role in society and their abilities as learners — plays a significant part in actually determining their ability and motivation to learn.
Could being in Porter's "private school class" — or just being in a supportive environment that truly values excellence and achievement — expand one's self-concept? And, if so, could this expanded self-concept lead to greater achievement down the road?
We carried with us a set of expectations ... Our instruction was to rise as high as we could: Robertson Davies
Daniela Duriavig, who has a daughter at University of Toronto Schools, certainly thinks so. She says the most pronounced — and unexpected — effect of the school has been on her daughter's expanding notion of what’s possible. Since transferring to the school, her daughter raised her expectations: motivated by the sight of clear, concrete paths to doing, literally, anything she wants.
Being surrounded by quality peers — in a community that values excellence, and with countless successful alumni in a variety of fields to model oneself after — can have that effect. In fact, Duriavig’s story is pretty typical. We hear stories like it all the time.
A number of us here at Our Kids are fans of Paul Graham's essay, "Cities and Ambition". Graham talks about how great cities send subtle messages about what you should do better. Different cities send different messages, however. To accomplish something great, he argues, you need to place yourself somewhere that reinforces the messages you want reinforced. It's a great analogy for what often happens when kids switch schools, and suddenly find themselves in an environment that supports their personality and drives.
In the same way cities send subtle messages about "measuring up", so too do many private schools. Robertson Davies, one of Canada's most celebrated authors and a graduate of Upper Canada College, spoke of the mindset instilled in students by the school:
"At least once a week, Dr. Grant [the headmaster at the time] used to lecture us at prayers in the morning. His words were, 'Much has been given to you and much will be expected from you.' He rubbed it in and he made it stick. It was true. We were told flatly that we were a privileged group and that we would be expected to measure up … we carried with us a set of expectations, which I think is a good way to educate people … Our instruction was to rise as high as we could."
Old Boys: The Powerful Legacy of Upper Canada College, (James Fitzgerald).
Successful school alumni don’t just provide students and younger alumni inspiration and an expanded self-concept: they also provide direct contacts, mentorship, and support. This support often carries through a graduate’s career.
The 'pay it back' mindset is strong amongst school alumni. It’s a big part of private school culture.
The "pay it back" mindset is strong amongst school alumni: it is a big part of private school culture. The desire to help one's fellow alumni runs deep, and the networks at many Canadian private schools are notoriously tight. Young alumni often have friends in high places willing to open doors for them when needed.
Sometimes the school takes an active role in facilitating this networking. Looking to get a hold in Silicon Valley? Not a problem: the school will put you in touch with a venture capitalist from the area who is looking to mentor someone. Want to get into banking? The school will help you meet the bank president. Looking to join a humanitarian mission? How about a meeting with the president of a leading charity overseas?
The next generation
Will this track record of private school grads continue? If academic performance is any indicator, there seems reason to think it will.
A 2014 study by Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) showed students from CAIS schools are averaging 83.2% in first-year university — an "A" average. That's actually remarkable: first-year university is notorious for its grade drop, and the drop is particularly steep at the top universities CAIS students attend (67% is a typical first-year average at many undergraduate programs).
Canadian private school grads are also gaining admissions at an impressive rate to some of the top international schools, like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Oxford.
Private schools appear to be preparing their students well for further studies, then. How this translates into actual contributions to society — whether in science, business, the arts, politics, etc — remains to be seen.
But these students have more than simply a strong academic foundation: they were also socialized into a group of ambitious peers — inculcated with time-tested values and hooked into strong networks. Graduates will capitalize on these assets over time, and the cycle will probably continue.
List of alumni by field
The following are the most noteworthy graduates from the top private schools in Canada we cover on our website, from coast to coast.
For a narrower, more localized view, see our alumni page for Ontario, British Columbia and Western Canada, or Quebec and the Maritimes.
You can use the tables below to sort alumni by the school they attended. This list includes graduates of both day and boarding schools.
Academics and research
Discoverer of dinosaur bones in Alberta. Canadian geologist, cartographer, and mining consultant.
Pioneering inventor in radio. Conducted possibly the first radio transmission of voice and music.
A Canadian mathematician most famous for the Robinson-Schensted algorithm.
Aerodynamicist and key player in the design of the Avro Arrow
Influential in the development of modern microbiology. Made key contributions to the taxonomy of bacteria.
Internationally renowned Canadian philosopher and theorist. Had a major influence on subsequent Canadian scholars and political culture. Considered one of Canada's most original thinkers.
Nobel Prize winner for Economics
First female computer scientist in Canada. MIT and Cambridge grad.
Award-winning Canadian academic and scholar of Virgil. Officer of the Order of Canada. President of the Royal Society of Canada.
Pioneering biologist and the co-discoverer of the existence of stem cells. Lasker award winner, member of the Orders of Canada and Ontario, and Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductee
Author, historian, and noted chronicler of Toronto. City councillor. Harvard Professor. Member of the Order of Canada. Founder of many philanthropic organizations and boards.
Won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his research in chemical kinetics
Award-winning and internationally-studied analytic philosopher. Domestically, Taylor was influential in debates around Quebec nationalism.
Leading Canadian political scientist and Member of the Order of Canada.
Award-winning professor, historian, and philosopher. Was a noted proponent of Objectivism, serving on the board of directors of the Ayn Rand Institute.
Habitat 67, or simply Habitat, is a model community and housing complex in Montreal, Canada, designed by Canadian architect Moshe Safdie.
Renowned and award-winning historian of Germany. Rhodes Scholar.
Political Scientist and influential member of the "Calgary School" of political thought. Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies.
Won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on information flows and market development
World's leading mathematician in representation theory and creator of the General Trace Formula
Award-winning literary critic, writer, and professor. Member of the Order of Canada. Awarded the Order of Ontario.
Declared 1994 "Geek of the Year" by Internet Talk Radio. Fellow at Cisco Systems. Worked at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre.
Award-winning anthropologist and ethnobotanist, particularly famous for his best-selling book, "The Serpent and the Rainbow." Named to list of "Explorers of the Millennium" by the National Geographic Society.
Peter Behrens,a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. has his third novel CARRY ME published in Spring 2016.
Dean of Law at Oxford University. Legal scholar and philosopher.
Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. Rhodes Scholar.
Noted architect and engineer. Designer of the Quebec Parliament Building. Designed Quebec's coat of arms and motto, "Je me souviens".
The Canadian Encyclopedia says he is "generally considered the finest of Canada's late 19th-century poets in English."
Celebrated writer, humourist and economist. The most widely read English-speaking author in the world between 1910 and 1925.
Canadian actor, teacher and director and the pioneer of Canadian theatre. She was honoured with the Order of Canada in 1970 for her contributions to theatre in Canada.
Celebrated Canadian writer and poet
Pioneering Canadian artist and Group of Seven painter. Companion of the Order of Canada.
Actor with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Legendary broadcaster and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
One of Canada's most internationally celebrated novelist, playwright, journalist, and essayists
Distinguished Canadian landscape and portrait artist. Created the portrait for Sir Wilfred Laurier on the 100th anniversary of his election, (2001).
Grammy Award winning musician and co-author of the Broadway musical Hair
Celebrated conductor. Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, and visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London
Award-winning Canadian author. Member of the Order of Canada. Received the Order of Nova Scotia.
Composer and pianist. Composed the "Hockey Night in Canada" theme song.
Peabody award-winning journalist and former editor of Macleans and the Toronto Star. Noted chronicler of the "Canadian Establishment"
British historian, travel writer and television personality. Member of the British House of Lords.
Internationally recognized modern artist, with public works featured prominently throughout Toronto. Exhibited around the world, including at MoMa.
Canadian composer and philanthropist. Member of the Order of Canada.
Writer and producer of many television series, including COLUMBO, BOB NEWHART, THE MAN FROM UNCLE, PERRY MASON MOVIES, MATLOCK,
Journalist and news anchor, dominating American evening news through ABC's "World News Tonight"
Gemini-winning actress. Received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Award winning Senior Correspondent for the CBC's "The National" . Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at UofT. Member of the Order of Ontario.
Award-winning film producer, with such notable films as: Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Dances with Wolves, and Chicken Run.
Canadian author and poet. Winner of the Booker Prize for "The English Patient". Also won the Governor General's Award.
Editor of Saturday Night Magazine and master of Massey College. Member of the Order of Canada. Chaired the Canadian Journalism Foundation until 2008. Multiple award winner for journalism. Published worldwide.
Governor General's Award- winning writer.
Governor General's Award-winning journalist, commentator, and author. National affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail.
Janina Fialkowska'67 is a renown pianist.
Journalist and Governor General's Award for English language fiction winning novelist
Popular columnist for The Globe and Mail. National Newspaper Award winner for column-writing.
Award-winning Canadian filmmaker and producer. His documentary, "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire," won multiple awards, including a 2007 Emmy.
Writer, composer, musician, theater director.
Noted social critic, author (The Wealthy Banker's Wife), and journalist. The National Post described her as "Canada's Michael Moore".
Canadian film and television star. Two-time Gemini winner
Canadian television host and journalist
Host of CTV's "Power Play". Chief political correspondent for Global News. Host of Global's "The West Block". Substitute anchor for CTV's National News.
Author of NYT bestseller "City of Light," fiction based in Buffalo Seminary's history.
Award-winning Canadian journalist and author.
Juno award–winning musician Jim Cuddy is one of Canada’s best-loved singer/songwriters and a founding member of Blue Rodeo
Television writer and producer. Wrote for numerous shows including Seinfeld.
Stage, film and television actor (Forever Knight)
Award-winning novelist and writer of "The Book of Negroes"
Lead TV anchor of CP24, Toronto
Award winning novelist and short story writer. Won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award.
Stand-up comedian, actor, singer, and voice artist. Best known for his roles in "Watchman" and "Orphan Black".
Writer and actor; best known as one of the co-creators and co-stars of the award-winning Slings and Arrows program.
Canadian concert pianist and Officer of the Order of Canada. Winner of multiple international awards and competitions.
Comedian and actor, best known for "The Kids in the Hall". Starred in Saturday Night Live.
Peabody Award winning ABC news correspondent, reporting for World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, and Good Morning America. Toured Iraq and Afghanistan as an embedded reporter. Two-time Emmy winner
An internationally acclaimed jazz singer and pianist and six-time Juno Award nominee (winning Best Female Vocalist at the 1996 National Jazz Awards).
Journalist, political commentator, and speechwriter for George W. Bush.
Award winning, syndicated cartoonist.
Marie Saint-Pierre est une designer québécoise. Elle a reçu de nombreux prix pour son implication sociale et son esprit entrepreneurial.
Musician; record producer; entertainment lawyer; and talent manager.
Two-time Academy Award nominated sound editor.
Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail
Man Booker Prize-winning author. Best known for "The Life of Pi", the #1 international bestseller made into a Hollywood movie.
Caroline Rhea '81 Comedian and Actress.
Actress - famously playing Teri Bauer in the Fox TV show 24.
Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award winning producer and writer of Lost, House, The Good Wife and many other sitcoms
Bestselling author and an award-winning broadcaster and journalist. She is also the host of Here and Now on CBC Radio ONE.
Emmy award and Golden Globe award winning actor, best know for his role as Jack Bauer on the hit show "24".
Young adult and children's author - famous for the Silverwing series. Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award in 2007.
Noted author and venture capitalist. President of Investico Capital, an environmental investment company. Co-founder of Shift magazine and editorial board member for The Walrus.
Author and journalist. Editor of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus. Regular columnist for The National Post.
Award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. Host of CBC's "On the Map" and Al Jazeera's "Fault Lines".
Actress, producer, and human rights activist. Best known for her roles in "The X-Files", "Silent Hill", and "The Walking Dead", amongst others.
Actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the popular NBC sitcom "Friends"
Emmy-winning television and film producer/director.
Designer and Media Personality
Actor (The Vampire Diaries), director, and producer.
Journalist and TV personality. Has been correspondent and host for ESPN, TSN, Entertainment Tonight, and other programs.
Gemini award winning television host to HGTV/HGTV Canada shows such as "Disaster DIY", "Disaster DIY: Cottage Edition", "Leave it to Bryan", and "House of Bryan".
Taiwanese model and actress. Official spokesperson for China Airlines and Longines.
Juno-winning electronic dance music DJ
Television and movie actor.
Jonathan is a successful opera singer. He has performed for Presidents and Prime Ministers and has worked with great conductors such as Steven Reineke and Pinchas Zuckerman.
Three-time Daytime Emmy Award winning actress, best known for her role as Bridget Forrester in the American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
Canadian actress. Best known for her role in the TV series, "Corner Gas".
Martina is a singer-songwriter and lead singer of the band Dragonette. The band won the Canadian Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year in 2012.
Sports anchor for Rogers Sportsnet.
Accomplished and award winning Canadian actor.
Founder and CEO of the Ben Barry Agency, a modelling agency known for its use of diverse models. High profile author and women's health advocate.
TSN and CNN sports anchor.
Actress best known for her role as "Eleanor" on the TV show, "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Singer and songwriter signed to Warner Music Canada, with her first EP expected to be released in 2015.
Founder of the now-defunct Eaton's department store
Financier, Major General, and builder of Toronto's Casa Loma
Banker, Lieutenant-Colonel, and Deputy Chairman of the Allen Shipping Line. Donated the Allen Cup (hockey).
Ran MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier, a prominent Montreal investment firm. Hockey player inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame. Helped create the Montreal Forum.
Owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, founder of Maple Leaf Gardens, and coach of the 1928 Winter Olympics gold medal winning team. Namesake to the NHL's Conn Smythe Trophy
First Governor of the Bank of Canada. Governor for Canada at the IMF. Chairman of the National War Finance Committee. Order of Canada.
Business tycoon and breeder of thoroughbred race horses.
Owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Maple Leaf Gardens. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee.
Canadian Senator, noted philanthropist and member of the Molson family, and owner of the Montreal Canadians
Chairman and CEO of Alcan Aluminum Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada. Officer of the Order of Quebec.
Chairman, President and CEO of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. Officer of the Order of Canada.
Businessman and noted philanthropist. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Bill Clinton, and the Legion of Honour from the Government of France.
Chairman and CEO of Fleck Manufacturing Inc. Chairman of ATI Technologies Inc. Harvard Business School professor. Noted philanthropist and activist. Officer of the Order of Canada.
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, philanthropist, and financier. Chancellor of the University of Toronto, chairman of National Trust Company and The Empire Life Insurance Company. Member of the Order of Canada.
Visionary entrepreneur and Canada's ninth wealthiest man. Founder and Chairman of Rogers Communications.
Chairman of Molson Coors and Chancellor of Concordia University. Honorary director of the Bank of Montreal. Member of the Order of Canada.
President, Chairman and CEO of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario.
CEO of TD Bank Financial Group. 12th Chancellor of Queen's University.
Chairman of George Weston Limited and Canada's second wealthiest man. Grandson of George Weston and father of Galen Weston Jr., also UCC graduates
Founder of CFTO-TV. President of the CTV Television Network. Member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Chairman of RBC Capital Markets. CEO of RBC Dominion Securities Limited. Officer of the Order of Canada
Notorious newspaper magnate and accomplished historian. At one point controlled the third-largest media empire in the word as Chairman and controlling shareholder of Hollinger International. (Did not graduate).
Noted international businessman and diplomat with extensive board experience, serving on 29 boards (and Chairing 5). Honorary Consul General for Papua New Guinea. University of Toronto professor
Chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank Financial Corporation. Vice Chairman of IBM. 20th Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario.
President and CEO of Porter Airlines
Chairman and CEO of McEwen Mining Inc. Chairman of Lexam VG Gold Inc. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc.
Architect and Founding partner of KPMB Architects (officer of Order of Canada)
Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC. Corporate turnaround artist. Credited with saving Fiat (automotive group).
Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL). President of Adidas Canada. Director of Operations for UFC Canada
Prominent Canadian investment banker. Chairman and CEO of Scotia Capital Markets. Co-founder of Blair Franklin Capital Partners
Prominent real estate developer and president of Stinson Properties Inc. Has been called Toronto's "condo king".
Chairman and co-CEO of Power Corporation of Canada. Officer of the Order of Canada. Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
Founder and executive chairman of Alliance Atlantis Communications. Academy Award winner. Member of the Order of Canada.
Chairman of Thomson Reuters. Canada's wealthiest man, and sixth wealthiest in the world. Son of Kenneth Thomson, also a UCC graduate
Chairman and CEO of HSBC Bank USA. Professional NHL hockey player (Calgary Flames)
Noted serial entrepreneur, best-selling author ("Lessons from the Edge"), public speaker, and public company director.
Lawyer; businessman; Chairman of the National Post newspaper; Executive Vice President of CanWest Global Communications Corp.
Founder, chairman, and CEO of Biovail Corporation. Sole-owner and chairman of the Ottawa Senators hockey team.
Canadian real estate icon: has been called the Warren Buffet of Canadian real estate. President and CEO of Oxford Properties Group.
Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia. Gold medal-winning Olympic rower (Los Angeles 1984).
Commissioner of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Director of corporate and game development for MLB. VP of business development for the NBA. Chair of the Ontario Science Centre.
Chairman and CEO of Televisa, the largest Latin-American media company in the world.
Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and tech pioneer. Founder and CEO of Wily Technology and, later, New Relic. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Finalist (California).
Founder of Flickr, entrepreneur and businessman.
President of Caldwell Asset Management. TV and radio commentator and host. Author, journalist.
Executive Chairman and President of Loblaws Companies Limited
Co-founder of TerraCycle, an innovative recycling company
President of the University of Toronto, President of the University of Western Ontario. Officer of the Order of Canada.
9th President of the University of Toronto. Helped create the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Member of the Order of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.
Founding president and chancellor of Trent University. Chairman of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Companion of the Order of Canada. Order of Ontario. Governor General's Award for Canadian Studies
President of Ryerson University. Transformed Ryerson from a college to a university. NDP Member of Parliament
6th President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University. Member of the Order of Canada. Order of Ontario.
Ninth Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. Fourteenth President of the University of Toronto.
President of the University of Toronto, President and CEO of Torstar, Chairman of Bank of Montreal. Officer of the Order of Canada and Member of the Order of Ontario.
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada (Archbishop)
The Chancellor of Dalhousie Univerity, Fred Fountain is one of the leading philanthropist's in Canada.
Founder of Street Kids International and recipient of the Outstanding Young Persons of the World award
President and CEO of Prostate Cancer Canada. CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada. Princeton graduate
Founding director of Save the Mothers and founder and director of McMaster University’s International Women’s Health Program. Member of the Order of Canada.
Rachel is an activist who has become the face for the GMO labelling debate in Canada.
Chief Justice of Manitoba.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Considering one of Canada's very best litigators. Companion of the Order of Canada. Chancellor of Trent University.
Founder of Aird & Berlis LLP and 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Puisne Justice (Associate Justice) of the Supreme Court of Canada
Deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Litigated Freedom of Information Act request on U.S. torture of prisoners. Served as law clerk to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Human rights lawyer. First female president of TransAfrica. Liason to Nelson Mandela's family.
Physician and one of four founding professors of John Hopkins Hospital, (John Hopkins University School of Medicine).
On July 1, 2015, Dr. Kelsey was named to the Order of Canada for her role in preventing the drug thalidomide from entering the United States in the 1960s.
Medical pioneer. Founder of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Companion of the Order of Canada. Order of Ontario. Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Lucille Teasdale est une médecin et chirurgienne québécoise qui a consacré sa vie aux malades de l'Ouganda.
War surgeon: Chief Surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Member of the Order of Canada.
Youngest faculty member ever to join UofT's cardiac surgery division. Second youngest Chair of cardiac surgery ever in Toronto's University Health Network. Made Canada's Top 40 under 40.
First Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross, the highest honour recognizing gallantry in the face of the enemy awarded in the British Commonwealth
Admiral. Considered the father of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Major General for the Australian Army. Key to the establishment of Austrailia's Royal Military College. Served as Chief of General Staff. Killed in action in WWI.
A Canadian born General of the British Army, (one of only a few to reach this rank). A respected military strategist and thinker.
Major General, Chief Engineer of the First Canadian Army, and commander of the Canadian Engineering Corps during the Second World War. Prominent structural engineer with many works
Military General, and Canada's leading field commander during World War II
Major General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC) during the Second World War. Quartermaster General and Adjutant General. Companion of the Order of Bath.
Canada's leading General during the first phase of World War II. Also served as Chief of the General Staff, a diplomat, and politician.
Canadian born Lieutenant-General in the British Army. Field Commander during WWII. Military Cross; Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Companion of the Order of the Bath.
Brigadier-General and Commandant of Royal Military College (RMC)
Major General who commanded two Canadian divisions in the Second World War.
Lieutenant General. Commanded the II Canadian Corps during World War II. Appointed Chief of the General Staff.
Commander of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division during the Second World War. Major General. President of Argus Corporation. President of the LIberal Party of Canada.
Israeli war hero and commander of the 7th Brigade, one of Israel's most celebrated armored brigades. Also known as Benjamin Ben-David.
Prince Edward Island Premier and Father of Confederation
Father of Confederation and first Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
2nd Premier of Ontario. Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Founder of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (law firm).
31st Mayor of Toronto. Member of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.
11th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
12th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba.
Famous Canadian women's rights activist: member of "The Famous Five". The first female judge in the British Empire.
UK Member of Parliament and Brigadier General. Privately raised the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry for the First World War.
20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Canadian aviation pioneer.
18th Governor General of Canada
Canadian ambassador to the United States. Key architect of the North Atlantic Treaty, (later giving rise to NATO). Professor of history at University of Toronto.
Suffragist; Senator; first female political party leader in Canada; Officer of the Order of Canada; commemorated with a Canada Post stamp in 1985 and on the $50 bill in 2004.
Speaker the Canadian House of Commons. Canadian Senator
Mayor of Toronto, member of the Order of Canada
Canada's Minister of Finance. President of the Privy Council. Chancellor of York University. Companion of the Order of Canada. Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (Ontario) for the St. George riding, (Toronto).
23rd Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
Canadian diplomat and the first Commonwealth Secretary-General. Rhodes Scholar. Officer of the Order of Canada.
24th Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
Federal MP with cabinet positions in: Industry, Trade and Commerce; Energy, Mines and Resources; State for Science and Technology. Officer of the Order of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.
Prime Minister of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.
12th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal Minister of: Fisheries and Oceans, International Trade, Transport, Justice, and Finance.
The second Premier of Newfoundland
Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Federal Member of Parliament
Federal Minister of Finance and Canadian Ambassador to the US. Co-architect of NAFTA. Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada. Order of Canada recipient. Chancellor of UofT.
Leader of the Opposition and Interim Liberal Party of Canada Leader. Foreign Affairs Minister, National Defense Minister
Canadian Senator. Speaker of the Canadian Senate. Liberal Leader in the Senate. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
11th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
Federal Member of Parliament and Toronto's Deputy Mayor (and unofficial acting mayor). Governor General's Award winner for historical writing. Also taught history at Upper Canada College
Mayor of Toronto and Liberal MP
Politician; one of the longest current serving Members of Parliament and one of the very few who has been elected under both the Progressive Conservative and Liberal banners.
Federal Minister of State for infrastructure and communities. Editor of the Financial Post. Oxford graduate
Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons
Ottawa City councillor representing Knoxdale-Merivale Ward
Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. Noted Harvard historian and journalist. Gemini Award winner. Lionel Gelber Prize winner. Shortlisted for Booker Prize.
Federal Minister of Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State for Sport. Federal Liberal Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra.
Vancouver city counsellor. Journalist.
Leader of the Canadian Alliance Party. Federal Minster for: Public Safety; International Trade. President of the Treasury Board
Mayor of Toronto. Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Radio talkshow host on CFRB. President and CEO of Rogers Media.
Federal Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Delta--Richmond East.
Premier of Bermuda from 2010 to 2012.
Politician; former Ontario Minister of Education under Dalton McGuinty; former candidate for leadership of the federal Liberal party.
Current US Democratic Congressman. Assigned to Committee on Natural Resources and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
The Honourable Linda Frum is the first Havergal graduate to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. She is also a distinguished Canadian journalist, author and philanthropist.
Conservative Member of the Canadian Parliament for North Vancouver
Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament for Etobicoke North. Medical doctor and popular writer on Andropause.
Chief of Staff in Stephen Harper's Prime Minister's Office
The King of Spain. Succeeded to the throne on 19 June 2014.
Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development. Minister for Multiculturalism. Federal Member of Parliament representing Calgary Southeast.
Ambassador to Afghanistan. Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Officer of the Order of Canada.
Professional female basketball player, manager of the Canadian Women’s Olympic team in 1928, sports reporter and assistant sports editor for the Toronto Daily Star.
Winner of eight Stanley Cups (NHL hockey). Federal Liberal Member of Parliament.
Winner of six Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. Liberal Senator in the Canadian Senate.
Silver medal-winning Canadian Olympic rower.
All-Star NHL hockey player. Was on the 1967 Stanley Cup winning Leafs team. Olympian.
Gold medal-winning Canadian Olympic rower. Winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy (Canada's top athlete). Officer of the Order of Canada.
President and C.E.O. of the American Hockey League. Annually named one of the most powerful people in hockey by The Hockey News.
Member of the Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos and winner of four Grey Cups
Stanford University Head Women's basketball coach, recipient of the "Legends of Coaching" award and coached the US women to a gold medal in 1996 Olympics.
Former NHL player and announcer.
Former Edmonton Oilers head coach; currently the Chair of Southampton F.C. of the Premier League.
World Champion downhill skier and Member of the Order of Canada. Inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
Former NHL player; son of Bobby Hull.
NHL hockey player and Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup winning NHL player and captain, now coaching in the NHL.
Professional basketball player (two-time NBA MVP) and philanthropist.
Silver medal winning Olympic rower (Athens 2004) and Oxford University graduate
Olympic equestrian show jumper, competing in Beijing 2008.
NHL hockey star. Stanley Cup winner, Conn Smythe Trophy winner (MVP of playoffs), Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner (NHL's top goal scorer).
Olympic gold medalist; former member of the Canadian national women's hockey team.
Wrestler (a.k.a. Sarita, Dark Angel)
Canadian rugby union player, and member of the national rugby team
NHL hockey player currently playing for the New York Rangers
Stanley Cup winning NHL hockey player. Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy (league's most valuable player in the playoffs).
Andréanne Morin '98 Silver medalist 2012 Olympics - Women's 8 Rowing Team
Bronze-medal winning Canadian national rower. Two-time national champion at Harvard.
NHL hockey player for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
NBA basketball player, currently playing for the Detroit Pistons. Member of the Canadian basketball team.
Olympic Winter Games gold medal winner in 2006, 2010 and 2014 on the Canadian Women's Hockey Team.
Current NHL hockey player for the Ottawa Senators
Member of the 2008 Canadian Women's Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team
Canadian rugby union player, and member of the national rugby team.
NHL hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers.
Canadian professional snowboarder and Olympian.
Canadian rugby union player. Member of Canada's national rugby team.
NHL hockey player. Played in the 2009 World Junior Championships.
Canadian road and track cyclist. Carleton won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the women's team pursuit.
NHL hockey star currently playing for the Dallas Stars. Drafted #2 overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
NHL hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers. Named the best Canadian World Junior Player ever by TSN.
NHL hockey player and winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie.
Professional tennis player. Twice named Female Player of the Year by Tennis Canada.
NCAA DI All American (Bellarmine University); NLL- Colorado Mammoth; MLL- Ohio Machine; 2014 World Championship Gold Medallist and MVP (Team Canada)
A member of Canada's national women's hockey team, an Olympic gold medalist, and a member of Cornell's Big Red women's ice hockey program.
NHL hockey player for the Ottawa Senators
NHL hockey player, currently with the St. Louis Blues. Selected 14th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Professional Tennis Player
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