2007 Champions

2007 Honourees

Purdy Crawford, C.C., Q.C.
Counsel, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Purdy Crawford is Counsel to the law firm of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, LLP. He is a native of Five Islands, Nova Scotia and received his undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University, his LL.B. from Dalhousie Law School and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School. He pursued his legal career with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt practising primarily in the corporate/commercial area.

He left Osler in 1985 to join Imasco as C.E.O., retiring in 1995 but continuing as non-executive Chairman of Imasco and Canada Trust until February 2000. In 1996 he became an Officer of the Order of Canada and in July 2007 he was elevated to Companion of the Order of Canada. He also received the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education Friend of Education Award in 1996 for his dedication to the advancement of learning over the years and in 1995 was awarded the United Way Canada Volunteerism Award for outstanding contribution to Canadian Society. He was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame of Nova Scotia in 1997 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors in 1999. In 2000 he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and named Ivey Business Leader of the Year. In April 2003, he became one of the five 2002 Public Policy Forum Honourees and in October he was named as The Conference Board of Canada’s 2003 Honorary Associate. In 2007 he received the Yee Hong Golden Achievement Award and was honoured as a Champion of Public Education by The Learning Partnership.

He was Chairman of the Securities Industry Committee on Analyst Standards and the Five-Year Review Advisory Committee under The Securities Act of Ontario.
The Hon. William G. Davis P.C., C.C., O.Ont., Q.C.
Counsel, Davis Webb LLP
Former Premier of Ontario

A graduate of the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall, The Hon. William G. Davis, was a member of the Ontario Legislature from 1959 to 1985, 14 of those years as Premier of Ontario.

While Davis served as Ontario’s Education and University Affairs Minister in the ’60s, he initiated major changes to the province’s educational system. He helped create the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), established the community college system and formed the province’s education broadcaster—TVOntario. He is also a founder of UTM. On a national level, Davis helped negotiate Canada’s constitutional accord, and served as this country’s Special Envoy on Acid Rain.

Among his numerous honours are companion of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and member of the Privy Council. He has been awarded honorary degrees from eight Ontario universities.
William Hogarth
Former Director of Education, York Region District School Board

Bill Hogarth recently retired from the York Region District School Board in December 2009. He was appointed Director of Education for York Region District School Board in 1993, after serving as a superintendent of schools in the former North York Board of Education for over 10 years.

Bill has dedicated his working life to the teaching profession and is deeply committed to the principle of lifelong learning. He has been active, not only as a teacher, principal, university instructor and education administrator, but also as a faculty advisor in the faculty of education and member of the senate at York University. Bill holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Toronto.