The Canadian Business Hall of Fame is hosting an in-person gala to celebrate five extraordinary business leaders in 2022.

TORONTO, April 12, 2022 /CNW/ – Celebrating and honoring outstanding business leaders for their lifetime achievements, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF) is thrilled to announce that BMO Financial Group is the presenting sponsor of the induction ceremony and celebration this year which will take place in- person on May 12, 2022 at the Greater Toronto Convention Center.

This year’s companion class includes Maureen Kempston Darkes, Hassan KhosrowshahiAndre Desmarais, Paul Desmarais Jr.and Paul Guy Desmarais Sr. (posthumous).

As presenting sponsor of CBHF 2022, BMO is showing its support to celebrate the leaders of today while inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. The CBHF is the flagship national fundraising event for Junior Enterprises in Canada (JA Canada) and supports the mission of providing experiential educational programs for students focused on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

“At BMO, we are proud to recognize the achievements of this year’s recipients, while supporting the development of the next generation of Canadian business leaders,” said Daryl White, CEO, BMO Financial Group. “Throughout their careers, these entrepreneurs and pioneers have helped to grow good in business and in life, with the contributions they made to strengthen from Canada competitiveness and valuable community programs that support economic and social progress at home and abroad.

The CBHF looks forward to celebrating the many accomplishments of the 2022 inductees on May 12. We are especially thrilled to be one of the first gala events to return to the Metro Toronto Convention Center. This year’s event will feature tributes, stories and accolades that will reward the 2022 inductees.

“JA Canada and CBHF have a long tradition of bringing the business community and students together. It has been three years since we have been able to come together in person to celebrate,” said Scott Hillier, CEO JA Canada. “This is a critical time to mobilize as a community for youth empowerment, financial and business education. JA’s mission to support the future preparation of young people has never been more vital. We are grateful for the support of BMO in making the event possible, and the enthusiastic engagement of all the sponsors, partners and donors who support CBHF and JA.”

The CBHF welcomes participation, sponsorship and donation opportunities to celebrate the Class of 2022 of the Companions. Supporting JA and the CBHF also provides additional opportunities to prepare and inspire young people through Canada. For more information, please visit or contact by email at [email protected].

About the Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF)

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame celebrates the outstanding achievements of from Canada most distinguished business leaders. Since 1979, more than 200 business leaders have been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Celebrating the leaders of today and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow, the FCS Gala Dinner is the signature national fundraising event in support of JA Canada. For more information, please visit

About the 2022 Inductees

  • Maureen Kempston Darkes OC, O.Ont., D.Comm., LL.D, General Motors Group Vice President, President of GM Latin America, Africa & Middle East (Retired)
  • Hassan Khosrowshahi OC, OBC, Chairman, Persis Holdings
  • Andre Desmarais OC, OQ, Vice Chairman, Power Corporation of Canada
  • Paul Desmarais Jr. OC, OQ, MBA, President, Power Corporation of Canada
  • Paul Guy Desmarais Sr. (posthumous 1927-2013) CP, CC, OQ, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation of Canada

Press Release: Announcement of 2022 Inductees

About JA Canada

JA Canada prepares young people for success by delivering programs that provide experiential learning opportunities to more than 220,000 students each year across Canada. This is done in partnership with educators, volunteers and businesses to educate students on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. For more information, please visit


For further information: Media Inquiries: For more information, interview requests or JA Canada comments, please contact Angela Scott, Manager, Communications [email protected]


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