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Junior Achievement and Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame Announce Laureate Inductees for 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia – November 18, 2015 – The Business Laureates of British Columbia (BLBC) Hall of Fame Cabinet and JA British Columbia (JABC) are pleased to announce the 2016 inductees into the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame. The 2016 inductees are:

  • Norm Francis
    Co-founder, former Chairman & CEO
    Pivotal Corporation
  • A.E. “Dal” Grauer, Ph.D., LL.D. (Hon) (1906-1961)
    President and Chairman
    British Columbia Power Corporation, BC Electric Company
  • Ian Telfer, F.C.A., B.A., MBA, Ph.D. (Hon)
    Chairman of the Boardw
    Goldcorp Inc.

The three individuals will be inducted into the BLBC Hall of Fame at the 11th annual Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies taking place on May 12, 2016 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

“On behalf of the Hall of Fame Cabinet, I would like to congratulate the 2016 Laureates,” says Barbara Brink, Gala Co-Chair. “The impact of their success and contributions to society can be felt throughout the province. They have set an example for future business leaders around what it means to grow the economy, foster communities and build the province of British Columbia.”

“We are honoured to induct the three Laureates to the new BLBC Hall of Fame which was just unveiled earlier in September this year,” says Jim Shepard, Gala Co-Chair. “The new Hall of Fame in the iconic Vancouver Convention Centre West helps increase awareness of the legacies the Laureates have shared with the province. The Laureates have truly demonstrated vision, leadership and integrity in their work for our province, and I congratulate all of them on achieving this distinction.”

The nomination process was guided by Laureate Selection Sponsor, PFM Executive Search, an executive recruitment firm based in Vancouver. Prerequisites for induction include outstanding business achievements, enduring contributions to the province and country, as well as deep commitments to diverse and niche communities.

Final Laureate selection was made by an independent committee comprised of the following individuals: Dave Lede, Chairman and CEO, Ledcor Group of Companies; George Melville, Co-Owner of Boston Pizza International; Jefferson Mooney, Chairman, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.; Peter Bentley, O.C., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon), Chairman Emeritus, Canfor Corporation; and Anne Giardini, Q.C., Chancellor, Simon Fraser University.

The Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies on May 12, 2016 is proudly co-presented by Scotiabank and Fasken Martineau and attended by approximately 700 guests annually. The Hall of Fame Cabinet and JABC are pleased to announce that Andrew Chang, Host, CBC Vancouver News, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

The evening will include a pre-dinner reception, commemorative videos, special guest speakers, JA student presentations and more.

Proceeds from the BLBC Hall of Fame support the efforts of JABC in delivering high-quality business education programs free-of-charge to over 35,000 students across the province annually.

About the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame

The Business Laureates of British Columbia (BLBC) Hall of Fame was created by JA British Columbia (JABC) in 2005 to honour the outstanding BC business leaders whose efforts have shaped our province and country. The Hall of Fame stands as a testament to the positive legacy the Laureates provide to the youth of British Columbia. Laureates have demonstrated a level of Vision, Leadership, Integrity and Legacy unique among their peers. Visit for more information.

About JA British Columbia

Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JA British Columbia or JABC) is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on JA to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. This year in 2015, over 35,000 students in BC benefit from JABC programs delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, who bring real-life experience into the classroom. JABC programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. Visit for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Annie Ko
Marketing & Communications Manager
JA British Columbia
604.688.3887, x. 231

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Twitter handle: @JA_of_BC
Hashtag: #BLBC2016

Backgrounder – Laureate Profiles

Norm Francis

Norm Francis
Co-founder, former Chairman & CEO
Pivotal Corporation

Norm Francis dedicated more than 20 years to building high profile technology companies that showcase the entrepreneurial spirit, technology innovation and global leadership that resides in Canada. A computer science graduate and Chartered Accountant, he co-founded Basic Software Group (BSG) in the late 1970’s which developed ACCPAC and Simply Accounting. In the early 1990’s, he co-founded PenMagic, a company that developed software for early tablet computers, which became Pivotal Corporation. Under Mr. Francis’ leadership as Chairman and CEO in 1994 to 2001, Pivotal grew quickly and became a global provider of customer relationship management (CRM) and eBusiness solutions. Pivotal was named as the fastest growing technology company in Canada and one of the top ten fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte, and Company of the Year by BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) in 2000.

Mr. Francis’ leadership for business and technology earned him much distinction. He was named one of the ten most influential people in the development of the CRM industry by CRM Magazine. He was named Person of the Year by BCTIA in 1999, and Entrepreneur of the Year in the Pacific region software industry by Ernst and Young in 2001.

Mr. Francis is not only a visionary for business but also for the community. He served on many corporate boards including Creo Products (now Kodak), Chancery Software, Business in Vancouver, and currently, Traction on Demand. He sat on BC Premier Campbell’s Technology Council, heading up the Industry Growth Task Group. He participated in grant committees of the Science Council of BC and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the original capital-raising campaign for Science World.

Since retiring from active business in 2001, Mr. Francis has devoted considerable energy to philanthropy. He played a key role in the creation and growth of Social Venture Partners (SVP) Vancouver, helping early stage non-profits to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and youth in the Lower Mainland. He served continuously on the board of directors of SVP Vancouver until 2014 when he was honoured as the organization’s first Distinguished Partner. In addition, Mr. Francis and his family have been the driving force behind the creation of Hydrocephalus Clinics and research initiatives at both BC Children’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. He provides annual scholarships to at-risk youth and students at his former high school, Southern Okanagan Secondary School.

Mr. Francis is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Canada and an active BC technology industry advocate and angel investor. He regularly gave lectures at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, and mentors university students and entrepreneurs who seek his advice.

Dal Grauer

A.E. “Dal” Grauer, Ph.D., LL.D. (Hon) (1906-1961)
President and Chairman
British Columbia Power Corporation, BC Electric Company

Dr. A.E. “Dal” Grauer (1906-1961) was regarded as one of the most brilliant men of his generation. He had an enormous influence on business, education and culture throughout British Columbia and Canada. At his passing in 1961, he was President and Chairman of the British Columbia Power Corporation and its subsidiary, the BC Electric Company, and was serving his second term as Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Grauer was a well-educated man and accomplished athlete. A Rhodes Scholar, he graduated from UBC at 19 with first class honours in economics. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, a B.A. in jurisprudence from University College, Oxford, and received his honorary LL.D. degree from UBC. He pursued an academic life and became the youngest full professor in Canada in 1937 when he became Director of the Department of Social Science at the University of Toronto. While at Oxford, Dr. Grauer captained the Oxford lacrosse team and, with his brother Carl, was on the Canadian lacrosse team that demonstrated in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.

In 1939, Dr. Grauer left academia and joined the BC Electric Company as general secretary, and in only seven years (1946) he became the President and Chairman of the company. He led the company into a period of major expansion of hydro-electric and natural gas development during a time of economic growth and growing demands for power. He more than tripled BC’s hydro-electric generation capacity, brought natural gas from the Peace River country to the Lower Mainland, oversaw the transmission of oil to tidewater by pipeline, and pioneered an underwater transmission cable to Vancouver Island.

Dr. Grauer’s influence and vision extended well beyond the borders of BC. He served as a member of the Gordon Royal Commission on Canada’s Economic Prospects, and sat on the board of leading businesses including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Ford Motor Company of Canada and California’s Pacific Gas & Electric.

Community service and involvement was very important to Dr. Grauer. He served two terms as Chairman of the Vancouver General Hospital Board and three terms as President of the Vancouver Symphony Society, held many corporate directorships and was a member of the National Industrial Conference Board, New York, and the Advisory Committee on Atomic Power for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. He had active roles with the Canadian Welfare Council and the Family Welfare Bureau of Greater Vancouver. In 1957, Dr. Grauer was named Canadian Businessman of the Year, and the following year, the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews presented him with its Human Relations Award.

Dr. Grauer was an outstanding businessman, scholar, athlete, educator, public servant, community leader, patron of the arts and family man. His full, productive life was cut short by leukemia at age 55. His widow and friends endowed a lectureship at UBC as a memorial reflecting his extraordinary range of interests. The loss of Dr. Grauer’s interest and influence was felt in every sector of British Columbia and Canada.

Ian Telfer

Ian Telfer, F.C.A., B.A., MBA, Ph.D. (Hon)
Chairman of the Board
Goldcorp Inc.

Mr. Telfer has been Chairman of Goldcorp since 2006 and was Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp and its predecessor Wheaton River Minerals from 2001 to 2006. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, he transformed the company into one of the world’s premier senior gold producers. He also served as Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2009-2013.

With over 30 years of experience in the precious metals industry, he has served as an officer and director of numerous international mining companies including Lihir Gold, Wheaton River Minerals, New Gold and Silver Wheaton. Mr. Telfer has financed, developed and operated mines throughout the Americas, Asia and Australia. These companies collectively employ over 20,000 people around the world.

Mr. Telfer has been recognized many times for his contributions to the mining industry, and in 2013 was named one of Canada’s top 25 most powerful business people and listed in Canadian Business Magazine’s “The Power 50.” In 2015, he was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

In addition to his impressive business accomplishments, Mr. Telfer is known for his philanthropic endeavors. In 2007, he donated $25 million to what is now known as the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He is a Patron of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation and generously supports many local causes personally.  In November 2015, he and with his wife Nancy Burke were recognized at 10th Annual Global Forum on Human Settlements held at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York with an award for “Innovation in Green Energy” for a technology project that will take waste and make power in west Africa.

Mr. Telfer is a Fellow in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Canada and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. He was awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 2015.