At the Canada's Public Policy Forum’s annual Atlantic Dinner & Awards, held on February 13, 2014, at Pier 21 in Halifax, Purdy Crawford, Counsel, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, was honoured for his inspirational work in improving government, business and civil society in Canada.
Mr. Crawford is the namesake of the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies, which works to promote interest among Canada’s Aboriginal people in the study of business at the post-secondary level, while undertaking pure and applied research specific to Aboriginal communities. The Chair focuses attention and research efforts on the Membertou Business Model, Unama'ki Partnership Model and national and international comparative analysis.
A native of Five Islands, N.S., Mr. Crawford has a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Cape Breton University. He currently serves as counsel for Osler, Hoskin, and Harcourt 2000 (Toronto) and is chairman of Allstream (formerly AT&T Canada). He also serves as a director on a variety of national organizations including the Canadian National Railway Co., Petro-Canada and Maple Leaf Foods, as well as serving as a member on several university boards.
Some of his professional accolades include being inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was also honoured with the Ivey Business Leader of the Year.