Name: N. Murray Edwards
Convocation date: May 31, 2011
Discipline / contribution: business and industry ; philanthrophy
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Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, N. Murray Edwards has become one of Canada’s leading business figures and a transformative philanthropist.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Mr. Edwards is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Canadian history with a wide range of business interests including oil and natural gas, energy services, mining, aerospace, and NHL hockey, as Chairman and one of the co-owners of the National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames.
At the age of 28 he left a career as a corporate lawyer to pursue his passion in business. He has built and revitalized enterprises that support over 20,000 employees, and have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes, royalties and community investments throughout Western Canada. In addition Murray has been a leader in embracing and implementing corporate social responsibility within his business enterprises and has a strong record of community service.
He was a founding member of FirstEnergy Capital Corp., a leading investment and banking firm, and the driving force behind the establishment of one of Canada’s largest energy income trusts—Penn West Energy Trust. His transformation of Ensign Energy, a top Canadian oil services firm, and involvement in Canadian Natural Resources, which ranks among the top 50 oil companies in the world, place him as a leader in the Canadian oil industry.
He has provided energy policy advice to Prime Ministers Chretien and Martin, and in 2007 was appointed by Prime Minister Harper to the six-member Competition Policy Review panel. His commitment to public policy development includes membership in the Canada West Foundation, CD Howe Institute, the Banff Centre, the Canada Unity Council, and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
As a student, he was a leader in the College of Commerce. The College, renamed the University of Saskatchewan N. Murray Edwards School of Business in 2007, shares with Mr. Edwards a strategic focus on business and entrepreneurship programming—vital areas in the competitive world of business schools.
Known as a major collector of Canadian Art, Murray and his wife Heather also sponsor a series to bring world class artists and performances to the Banff Centre. He is quietly one of the leading philanthropists in Calgary with support ranging from literacy efforts, the Calgary Children’s Initiative, the Calgary United Way, and the Haskayne School of Business. His generosity of spirit, described as being of the “practical kind” has benefited society through numerous contributions to Canadian education, health, social, artistic, and cultural issues.
In 2007 Mr. Edwards was named one of the University of Saskatchewan’s 100 Alumni of Influence, and in 1999 was named one of Time Magazine’s Canada’s Leaders for the 21st century.
Degree presented by: Peter MacKinnon
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