We are pleased to congratulate Sir Graham Day, OC, ONS, CD, QC, counsel, who has been named an officer of the Order of Canada. Sir Graham joins 18 other Canadians from across the country, including astronaut Chris Hadfield, chosen for this award.
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the centerpiece of Canada's honours system, and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
Sir Graham graduated from Dalhousie University Law School in 1956, and was the chancellor emeritus at the University from 1994 to 2001. He received an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie, as well as eight honorary degrees from around the United Kingdom.
Sir Graham was chairman and chief executive officer of British Shipbuilders, and chairman of British Aerospace, PowerGen and Cadbury Schweppes PLC. During this period, he saved multiple businesses from bankruptcy, including Cammel Laird Shipbuilders Ltd., and Rover Group, formerly known as British Leyland. In addition to these positions, Sir Graham served in many unpaid capacities for the British Government, including the opportunity to work closely with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Under the direction of Thatcher, Sir Graham oversaw a commission that transformed the salaries for nearly half a million schoolteachers in England and Wales. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989, for his services to the British industry.
He joined Stewart McKelvey as counsel in January 1990, and became chairman of Sobeys from 2001 to 2004. In 2005, Sir Graham was appointed by the Canadian Minister of Defence to be the Honorary Colonel of the West Nova Scotia Regiment, for his service as a former officer in the Canadian Army Reserves.
The officer of the Order of Canada specifically recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large, and Sir Graham is noted for his contributions to the corporate sector, his mentorship and active involvement in community initiatives throughout urban and rural Nova Scotia.
We congratulate Sir Graham Day, OC, ONS, CD, QC on this award.