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Canada’s early entrepreneurs profiled in new book

December 7, 2011

TORONTO, ON – From the Aboriginal chief who controlled the early Maritime fur trade to pioneering female saloon owners who made their mark during the gold rush, a fascinating new book profiles the entrepreneurs who shaped Canadian history.

“Canada’s Entrepreneurs: From the Fur Trade to the 1929 Stock Market Crash” contains 61 biographical portraits of key Canadians who energized the country’s economic life and shaped the face of Canadian business. The profiles were chosen from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, a comprehensive, historical dictionary with offices at the University of Toronto and Université Laval.

“Molson, Redpath, Desjardins, Labatt, Massey, Eaton. These names are as much a part of our national identity as our hockey teams and our literature, but few of us know much about the people behind them,” says John English from U of T, who directed the book’s creation along with Réal Bélanger of Université Laval. “This book brings to the fore research on the rise of Canadian entrepreneurialism and showcases Canada’s long-running tradition of business innovation and growth.”

The book will officially be launched at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 12 at Hart House at the University of Toronto.

Members of the media and general public are invited to attend, but are asked to RSVP in advance to Loretta James at or 416-978-6621.


WHAT: Book launch for “Canada’s Entrepreneurs: From the Fur Trade to the 1929 Stock Market Crash”

WHERE: Hart House Music Room (2nd floor), 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

WHEN: Monday, December 12, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Loretta James