THE EMPIRE CLUB OF CANADA

NATION BUILDER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Nation Builder of the Year award formalizes what The Empire Club of Canada has been doing since 1903 - celebrating and providing a platform for people who are building our country.
 
Since its founding over a century ago, The Empire Club has played a pivotal role in many of our country’s major milestones. That’s why the focus of this award is on efforts by a Canadian individual or a group of individuals who are making a significant contribution to our country.
 
This individual or a group of individuals can be from any walk of life - a political official, a business leader, an artist, or a cultural figure - who has made a major contribution to our national identity during their nomination year. 
 
Every spring, The Empire Club will publish a nomination form online accompanied by a selection criteria. A member of The Empire Club, a participant at any Empire Club events, and the general public are welcome to provide a nomination. 
 
An independent panel, the Adjudication Committee, of 11 individuals selected by The Empire Club Board of Directors (six board members and five members of the public) will review the nominees. The choice of winner will be presented to The Empire Club Board of Directors for ratification. 
 
In consultation with the nominated recipient, a date will be selected for the presentation of the award at a special ceremony. 
 

The 2019 Nation Builder of the Year Award is being presented to the Toronto Raptors 

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Gordon K. McIvor

Committee Chair, Board Member and Past President, Empire Club of Canada; Retired

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Barbara Jesson

Past President and Chair, Nominating Committee, Empire Club of Canada; President and CEO, Jesson Communications;

Jan Westcott

President and Chief Executive Officer, Spirits Canada; 2nd Vice President, Empire Club of Canada

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Mike Van Soelen

Managing Principal, Navigator Ltd.; President, Empire Club of Canada

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Antoinette Tummillo

President, Antoinette Tummillo and Associates; 1st Vice President, Empire Club of Canada

Pierre Cyr

Vice President, Public Affairs, FleishmanHillard HighRoad Ottawa; Board Director, Empire Club of Canada 

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Noble Chummar

Past President of the Empire Club of Canada 2013-2014)-Partner, Cassels Brock and Blackwell LLP

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Anne Golden

Chair, Ryerson City Building Institute

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George L. Cooke

Board Chair, OMERS; Past President of the Empire Club of Canada 1998-1999

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Ken Hunt

Publisher, Toronto Life

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Elizabeth Wilson

President, E.A. Wilson & Associates

2019 Adjudication Committee

STAY TUNED FOR NATION BUILDER OF THE YEAR AWARD: 2020 NOMINATIONS 

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