Stephen Jarislowsky

Stephen Jarislowsky - Honorary Degree Recipient

October 4, 2007

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Fund manager and philanthropist Stephen Jarislowsky is a legend in the Canadian investment community and one of the country’s most respected business leaders.

He is the chair and CEO of Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd., one of the country’s largest investment management firms. With offices in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, Jarislowsky-Fraser manages investment funds on behalf of governments, corporations, universities, labour unions and individuals, with assets exceeding $60 billion.

Jarislowsky is a champion of corporate governance and shareholder rights in Canada. His firm is actively committed to promoting strong corporate governance, as well as exercising influence to ensure that shareholders’ interests are at the forefront of corporate actions. Jarislowsky also co-founded the Institute for Governance of Private & Public Organizations, a Montreal-based research and training centre.

His book, Investment Zoo, a guide for small and large investors, was a business bestseller in Canada in 2005, in both French and English.

Born in Berlin, Germany in 1925, Jarislowsky was the stepson of a steel mill owner who was ousted by the Nazis for harbouring Jews. He emigrated to the United States in 1941 after attending public and high school in the Netherlands and France. He moved to Canada in 1949 after receiving an MBA at Harvard and founded Jarislowsky-Fraser with partner Scott Fraser in 1955.

Jarislowsky is involved with other corporations, participates in numerous educational, cultural and charitable activities, has endowed chairs at universities across Canada and contributes frequently to radio, television, newspapers and magazines.

He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Grand Officer (promoted from Knight) of the National Order of Quebec. He has honorary doctorates of law from several other Canadian universities including Queen’s University, the University of Alberta, McMaster University, Université Laval, Concordia University, the University of Windsor and the Université de Montréal.
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