Presented to individuals who exemplify the leadership and ideals for which G. Raymond Chang, stood. Mr. Chang was recognized as an outstanding business leader and philanthropist who embodied great humility and commitment to the betterment of communities in Canada and beyond. G. Raymond Chang, O.C., O.J. (1948-2014).

Mr. Denham Jolly

Mr. Denham Jolly

Mr. B. Denham Jolly is an award-winning businessman, philanthropist, entrepreneur, publisher/author and a human rights activist who is highly respected for his business acumen and community affairs.

Jolly was born in Green Island, Jamaica and attended Cornwall College. In Canada studied at the University of Guelph, Dalhousie and graduated from McGill in science, 1960. Jolly returned to Jamaica and did Nutrition Research for the Government. He returned to Canada in 1962 and worked as an Air Pollution Researcher for Metro Toronto and subsequently transferred to teaching science.

Jolly founded a senior care business and successfully operated his business, Tyndall Nursing Homes, in Ontario and Texas, as President & CEO for over 40 years.

1982, Jolly founded the Black Business Professional Association (BBPA) and the Harry Jerome Awards and bought/published the community newspaper, Contrast.

2001, Jolly was the Founder and President & CEO of Canada’s first Black-owned radio station, FLOW 93.5, Toronto.

Jolly is named in the Who's Who of Ontario, Canada’s Who’s Who and the International Who's Who of Professionals and is acknowledged as a prominent African Canadian in How the Blacks Created Canada.

Jolly has also served as a Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) among his many credits. He has been recognized with an astounding list of distinguished awards including the: Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal; Canada's 125th Confederation Medal.

Mr. Jolly’s community affairs include: Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA), Black Action Defense Committee (BADC), Committee for Due Process, Daphne Dacosta Cancer Association, Jane and Finch Concerned Citizens, Harriett Tubman Games, the YMCA and Caribana.

Jolly won the highly-esteemed 2017 Toronto Book Award for his memoir “In the Black: My Life” tracing his personal and professional struggle for a place in a country where Black Canadians face systemic discrimination.

August 2019, Jolly paid off the JCA Centre’s mortgage with a $312,000 donation.

November 2019, the City of Toronto named a street in his honour, “Jolly Way”.

November 2020, the Governor General of Canada appointed Mr. Jolly to The Order of Canada, for his outstanding service to the nation.

Today Jolly continues his work as a Philanthropist and Activist. Most recently Jolly started a Breakfast Program at Cornwall College, his Alma mater in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Jolly currently sponsors a Boys Under 12 Soccer Team from Regent Park in Toronto, Canada. He currently sponsors Industry Cove Basic School, Hanover a school founded by his Mother.

The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain

The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain

The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain was born October 1, 1934, in northern Quebec. Her father was a prominent mining engineer in the early days of the Quebec gold mining industry and her mother was Senator Margaret Norrie of Truro, N.S.

Mrs. McCain received her early education in public and private schools in Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in History from Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B., and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She has been presented with Honorary Degrees from a number of prominent Canadian universities (see below).

Throughout her career, Mrs. McCain has been active in organizations that promote education, music and the arts at the provincial and national levels. She was a member of the Mount Allison University Board of Regents from 1974-1994 and served as Chancellor of the University from 1986-1994. She is a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation in New Brunswick which is devoted to the elimination of family violence through public education and research. Mrs McCain chaired its capital campaign to endow a Family Violence Research Centre in partnership with the University of New Brunswick.

In 1955 she married entrepreneur G. Wallace F. McCain of Florenceville, N.B. who died in 2011. They have four children and nine grandchildren.

On April 28, 1994, Margaret Norrie McCain was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of New Brunswick - the first female to hold this position. She served in that role until April, 1997. At that time she moved to Toronto to re-join her family.

Margaret McCain was a member of the Board of the National Ballet School for 18 years serving as Board Chair from 1998 to 2000. She then went on the Chair the School’s successful $100 million fund raising campaign. She is currently Chair of the Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation. The mission of this Foundation is to champion effective early childhood programmes across Canada; programmes that provide equal opportunities for all children, align with the school system and operate within a provincial or territorial framework.

Mohamad Fakih

Mohamad Fakih

In 2006, Mohamad Fakih purchased a nearly bankrupt restaurant and transformed it into, what is now known as the fastest growing Middle Eastern Halal restaurant chain in North America – Paramount Fine Foods. Mohamad’s determination to change perceptions surrounding Middle Eastern food has driven Paramount’s brand success across Canada and internationally as well as advancing the global Middle Eastern food trend. A community leader, Mohamad regularly participates in fundraisers and community events, supporting multiple causes and organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Islamic Relief worldwide, Sick Kids Hospital and the Make a Wish Foundation in Toronto. Both Paramount and Mohamad have donated generously to these charities and other non-profit organizations. Across his restaurants Mohamad offers discounts to all Emergency Service Workers in uniform to show appreciation for their service in our communities. This past year after the Canadian government decided to welcome 25,000 Syrian Refugees, Mohamad made headlines in Canadian News when he travelled to Lebanon to visit the Islamic Relief Camps for Syrian Refugees to gain a deeper understanding of current relief efforts. Hoping to lead by example, Mohamad partnered with Ryerson University, Toronto for the Lifeline Syrian Challenge – allowing Paramount Fine Foods to fund employment support counsel to help recruit new Syrian Canadians during their job search. Mohamad also committed to providing up to 100 jobs for the newcomers in his restaurants in 2017. Mohamad’s determination to uphold values of giving back to communities where Paramount restaurants are located has resulted in a workplace culture of giving to others and to supporting one another. He has made philanthropy and giving back a key part of Paramount’s culture and identity, setting it apart from other restaurants and businesses globally. Mohamad has been featured in a number of leading media outlets across Canada including CBC and CP 24 Television, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Newstalk 1010, National Post and many more. In February 2017, Mohamad was acknowledged before the Canadian Parliament by Prime Minister of Canada - Justin Trudeau - as an Exemplary Canadian Citizen and Businessman who successfully operated a Middle Eastern restaurant chain, and was applauded for his charitable work in January 2017 when he covered the funeral costs of six victims of a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque. In his business affairs and community work, Mohamad is viewed as a Canadian of Lebanese birth who transcends and brings together people of all origins in a global workplace advancing our communities and helping each other to contribute to our societies. The Prime Minister of Canada –Justin Trudeau- as well as the Premier of Ontario, Canada and several City Mayors have all visited Paramount Restaurants in Ontario. Along with being named a finalist in the 2014 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Mohamad made the cover of Canadian Immigrant Magazine for both his business success and inspiring life story. In addition, The Globe and Mail titled Mr. Fakih one of Toronto’s “16 to watch in 2016”. The list, released in January included other notable Canadians such as John Tory, Mayor of Toronto and Alessia Cara (International Artist). Toronto Life Magazine named Mohamad Fakih as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in 2017, including him in an affluent list of successful politicians, international businessmen, media and tech titans who are changing the world as we know it. In 2018 Mohamad Fakih, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and President of Paramount Fine Foods received an honorary Doctor of Law Degree, from Ryerson University in Toronto. Mohamad most recently received the prestigious 2018 Employer Award for Newcomer Employment from IRCC- Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Mohamad is committed to revamping the traditional image of the Middle Eastern Restaurant industry by changing the way the cuisine is viewed and enjoyed. He believes that his hands-on approach to all aspects of his business ensures the Paramount model will sustain its growth and continue to provide jobs for Canadians including new immigrants globally as Paramount expands. Paramount currently employs over 2000 people across its 38 locations in Canada and 14 International locations, including gourmet butcher shops, food factories, the new Fresh East Middle Eastern sandwich franchise and its Toronto international corporate head office. The Paramount brand will have 63 locations by end of 2018 with new locations opening in Lebanon, the UK, New York state, US, Dubai and Pakistan. Paramount is proud to bring Halal Foods to the world after being the first halal restaurant to open at Terminals 1 and 3 at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Mohamad is a strategic and successful business leader who employs his skills, expertise and experience into expanding Paramount’s brand to pioneer the halal market globally and always give back to the community. He believes this can only be achieved by sharing his vision, knowledge and expertise with his management teams, franchisees in each country where he opens locations. Mohamad aims to continue the exponential growth of Paramount globally while continuing to promote excellent standards of food quality and service in Middle Eastern restaurants and to share the cuisine with diverse audiences.

Masai Ujiri

Masai Ujiri

On May 31, 2013, Masai Ujiri was named President and General Manager of Basketball Operations of the Toronto Raptors. He returned to the Raptors organization where he had received his first front office position back in 2007.

Ujiri had spent the past three seasons as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Denver Nuggets. He was named 2012-13 NBA Executive of the Year after leading the Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins and a league-best 38-3 home court mark. Considered one of the most proactive executives in the NBA, Ujiri kept the Nuggets among the Western Conference elite through numerous trades and draft picks. He is best known for a 12-player deal on February 22, 2011 that sent All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. That trade is heralded as a textbook example of how to receive high value in exchange for a pending free agent.

Ujiri got his NBA front office start in Toronto in 2007, joining the franchise as Director of Global Scouting. He was elevated to Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel in 2008 and worked closely with previous President Bryan Colangelo. His duties included overseeing the scouting and personnel departments, talent assessment and related data management.

On August 27, 2010, Ujiri became the first African-born GM in the NBA when he was hired to run the Nuggets' basketball operations department. It was also his second stint with the club after working as a scout from 2003-06 and the team's Director of International Scouting during the 2006-07 season. Prior to joining Denver, he worked as an international scout for the Orlando Magic.

A native of Nigeria, Ujiri brings tremendous knowledge and extensive global connections to the Raptors front office. He played professionally in Europe for six years, with stops in Belgium, Germany, England, Greece and Finland. He has scouted all over the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

Ujiri has also managed and coached the Nigerian junior and senior National teams.

On a humanitarian level, Ujiri has been tireless in his efforts to promote and develop the game of basketball throughout Africa. He is the Founder of the Giants of Africa Foundation, which launched the Top 50 and Bigman camps in his homeland. Ujiri also has served as the Director of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program since 2002.

Ujiri was introduced to basketball at age 13 and quickly fell in love with the game. He went on to play at Bismarck State College and Montana State University-Billings (formerly Eastern Montana College).

Senator Murray Sinclair

Murray Sinclair during opening keynote of the Shingwauk 2015 Gathering. Photograph taken during his address to survivors. (source - Wikimedia CC)

Senator Murray Sinclair

Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and First Aboriginal Judge

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second. He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He also oversaw an active multi-million dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada, the United States and internationally, including the Cambridge Lectures for members of the Judiciary of various Commonwealth Courts in England.

He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and has received Honorary Doctorates from 8 Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy

The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy

The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, is an author of non-fiction, entrepreneur,
historian, fashion designer, and community volunteer. She is the chairwoman
of Lee Tak Wai Holdings Limited, and from 1981-1995, she was also the
designer and business owner of Vivienne Poy Mode, achieving great success
in wholesale and retail across Canada, USA and Japan.

In 1998, she was the first Canadian of Asian heritage to be appointed to the Senate
of Canada where she focused on gender issues, multiculturalism, immigration, and
human rights, and was instrumental in having May recognized as Asian Heritage
Month across Canada. After her retirement from the Senate of Canada in September
2012, she continues to be actively involved with communities across Canada.

Vivienne is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto, member of the Board of ORBIS (Canada), Hon. Co-chair
“For All Canadians” - Canadian Blood Services, Hon. Patron of Chinese Canadian Historical Project – Simon Fraser
University (Vancouver), National Chair of the Advisory Committee of “Hong Kong-Canada Crosscurrents Project, 1962-
2012,” Advisor to the Pacific Canada Heritage Centre - Museum of Migration Society (Vancouver), Member of the Advisory
Committee of Journal of Modern Life – Writing Study, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), National Chair of the
Chinese Canadian Campaign for “Breaking the Silence Gallery” in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Winnipeg),
Hon. Patron of ExplorASIAN Festival (Vancouver) and Hon. Advisor of the Buddhist Education Foundation (Toronto).
Vivienne is a frequent global traveler who has received numerous honorary degrees and professorships from universities
in Canada, USA, China, Hong Kong and South Korea, as well as many honours and awards.

Vivienne is a wife, mother and grandmother. She always has time for her family, and loves the solitude in the Canadian
countryside.

Mr. Charlie Coffey, O.C.

Mr. Charlie Coffey, O.C.

Community leadership is a passion in the life of Charlie Coffey-he believes in reaching out to people in all walks of life, understanding cultures, building relationships and speaking up about issues that need a stronger voice. Coffey's proven record and reputation in private, public and not-for-profit sectors across the country is a testament to this champion of children and early child development, young people, Aboriginal peoples, women entrepreneurs and women in public office, as well as education and diversity.

The Leadership

Charlie Coffey is the chair of Kocihta; member, National Committee of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Advisory Council for the Mosaic Institute; and director, Canadians for a New Partnership, Arctic Children and Youth Foundation.

The Career

Coffey started his 44-year career with RBC in native Woodstock, New Brunswick. He is the former executive vice president, government affairs and business development for RBC. Prior to that position, Charlie headed business banking in Canada for five years. He also led three regional headquarters: Manitoba, Metro Toronto and Ontario.

The Awards

Canadian Women's International Business Initiative Award from the Canadian Embassy in the United States for RBC's support of businesswomen Award of Distinction from the Public Affairs Association of Canada Humanitarian Award for Community Service from Yorktown Family Services (Toronto) The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development medal for exceptional contribution to early child development The University of Winnipeg Duff Roblin Award for commitment to education and community

People for Education Egerton Ryerson Award for public education advocacy.

The Honours

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs named Coffey an Honourary Chief for his support of First Nations, economic development and self-sufficiency.

Honourary Doctor of Laws degrees were conferred upon Coffey by Trent University (2006), McMaster University (2009) and Ryerson University (2011) for his contribution to society through community leadership.

Coffey received the Order of St. Michael for his work in support of St. Michael's College School in Toronto. Coffey was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.

Charlie Coffey is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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