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: Sir Graham Day Enters Canadian Business Hall of Fame

January 10, 2006

Stewart McKelvey is pleased to announce Sir Graham Day, Counsel at the firm since 1990, will be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. On May 16, 2006 at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Sir Graham will join four laureates in becoming a member of a select group of more than 140 of this country's top business leaders.

Established by Junior Achievement of Canada in 1979, The Canadian Business Hall of Fame celebrates the lifetime accomplishments of Canada’s most distinguished business leaders, past and present.

"We're extremely proud of Sir Graham and his accomplishments," said Stewart McKelvey's John Rogers, Managing Partner of its Halifax office. "We understand laureates are selected based on their enduring contributions to the economic development and prosperity of Canada and Sir Graham certainly personifies an enduring commitment to our region and our country."

Sir Graham is a dual national, Canadian-British, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1933. He graduated from Dalhousie University Law School and is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. Sir Graham holds the Herbert Lamb Chair in Business Education at the Dalhousie University Graduate Business School. 

Sir Graham was knighted in 1989 by Queen Elizabeth ll for services to British industry and has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Dalhousie University, and in the United Kingdom from The City University (London), The Council for National Academic Awards, Cranfield Institute, Aston University, Warwick University, Humberside University and South Bank University.

Sir Graham served as the Board’s Lead Director and Chair of the Executive Committee for The Bank of Nova Scotia and as Chairman of Sobeys Inc. until 2004. He has also served as the independent/non-executive director of several public and private companies including: The CSL Group Inc.; Empire Company Limited; Extendicare Inc.; Jacques Whitford Group Limited; Moosehead Breweries Limited; Scotia Investments Limited; Sobeys Inc.; and The Shaw Group Limited. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of Acadian Seaplants Limited and Oxford Frozen Foods Limited.

In 1993, Sir Graham retired as Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes plc. and of PowerGen plc. both FTSE 100 companies. As Chairman of PowerGen plc., he led the company’s privatization on the London Stock Exchange.  From 1983 to 1986, Sir Graham was Chairman and Chief Executive of British Shipbuilders and, from 1986 until 1991, of The Rover Group plc., (the main parts of which are now owned respectively by BMW AG and The Ford Motor Company). In both instances the primary tasks were restructuring and privatization. During his almost 17 years residing in the United Kingdom, he served on the boards of directors of several companies in the UK, Canada, Holland and France.

He served the United Kingdom Government in volunteer positions including the Policy Board of the National Health Service, set up to help introduce organizational and operational reforms, and as the first Chairman of the School Teachers' Review Body. On the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Graham, a former officer in the Canadian Forces - Army (Militia), has been appointed by the Minister of National Defence as Honorary Colonel of the West Nova Scotia Regiment. 

Sir Graham was selected a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (United Kingdom) in 1989 and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada) in 1999. Sir Graham is married to the former Ann Creighton of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Sir Graham and Lady Day have three children: Dr. Deborah Day, Ms. Donna Day and LCol. Michael Day, CD.

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