Jack Miner | Conservationist

From: Kingsville, Ontario John Thomas Miner, “Wild Goose Jack,” was a conservationist called by some the “father” of North American conservationism. He was one of the first to determine the migratory paths of birds, especially Canada geese. Born in 1865 in Dover Center, Ohio Died in 1944 in Kingsville, Ontario Jack spent most of his […]

Jody Raffoul | Rock Singer

From: Leamington, Ontario Jody Raffoul is a rock singer and songwriter. Born in Leamington, Ontario Jody Raffoul is from a small town in Southern Ontario. He lives and works in the Detroit–Windsor metro area. Leamington-born Raffoul comes from working-class Lebanese stock. “They expressed their joy and pain in music. Music was their medicine.” Jody Raffoul […]

William Dillon Otter | Chief of the General Staff

From: Clinton, Ontario General Sir William Dillon Otter became the first Canadian-born Chief of the General Staff, the head of the Canadian Militia. Born in 1843 in The Corners, Canada West (Clinton, Ontario) Died in 1929 in Toronto, Ontario While working as a clerk in the 1860s Otter joined the militia with the Queen’s Own […]

Rudy Wiebe | Writer

From: Coaldale, Alberta Rudy Henry Wiebe is an author best known for his novels set in the Canadian prairies and his representations of First Nations people. Born in 1934 in Fairholme, Saskatchewan Grew up in Coaldale, Alberta Lives in Edmonton, Alberta Rudy Wiebe’s parents had escaped Soviet Russia with five children in 1930. Rudy grew […]

Jessica Stam | Model

From: Kincardine, Ontario Jessica Elizabeth Stam is considered to be part of the crop of models described as “doll faces”. In 2007 Forbes named her fifteenth in the list of the World’s 15 Top-Earning Supermodels.   Born in 1986 in Kincardine, Ontario Studied in Walkerton, Ontario Jessica Stam was raised on the family farm, the […]

Bill Barilko | Leafs Defenceman

Died: Cochrane, Ontario The short, remarkable life of Leafs defenceman William “Bashin’ Bill” Barilko ended in tragedy just weeks after he became a team’s hero. Born in 1927 in Timmins, Ontario Died in 1951 in Cochrane, Ontario Barilko was of Ukrainian descent. In 1947 Bill Barilko was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In […]

James Cockburn | Father of Confederation

From: Cobourg, Ontario James Cockburn was serving as Canada’s first Speaker in the House of Commons. He participated in the Founding of Canada Conference in Quebec in 1864. Born in 1819 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom Worked in Cobourg, Ontario Died in 1883 in Ottawa, Ontario Cockburn was born in northern England. When he was 12, […]

Elijah McCoy | Railroad Engineer

From: Colchester, Ontario Elijah J. McCoy was an inventor and engineer whose 57 patents and the invention of the locomotive lubrication cup led to the slogan “The real McCoy”, denoting quality. Born in 1844 in Colchester, Ontario Died in 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, United States Elijah McCoy was born free in Canada. At the age of fifteen, […]

George Fox | Country Singer

From: Cochrane, Alberta William George Fox is a country/western music singer/songwriter. He was a leading figure in Canadian country music in the late 1980s and 1990s. Born in 1960 in Calgary, Alberta Raised in Cochrane, Alberta Lives in Ancaster, Ontario Fox raised in Cochrane in the family of cattle ranchers. He lived, breathed and worked […]

Alan Bradley | Flavia de Luce Author

From: Cobourg, Ontario Alan Bradley is the New York Times bestselling author of many short stories, children’s stories, newspaper columns. His the Flavia de Luce mystery series has become one of Canada’s most successful cultural exports. Born in 1938 in Toronto, Ontario Grew up in Cobourg, Ontario Lives on the Isle of Man Bradley worked […]

Theo Tams | Canadian Idol Winner

From: Coaldale, Alberta Theo Tams is a singer and the winner 2008 Canadian Idol (sixth season of the CTV).   Born in 1985 in Lethbridge, Alberta Grew up in Coaldale, Alberta Tams lived in the Lethbridge suburb of Coaldale, a small town whose population of 7493 is supplanted by tourists who visit the Alberta Birds […]

William Thornton Mustard | Innovative Surgeon

From: Clinton, Ontario William Thornton Mustard developed two operations named for him: the “Mustard operation” in orthopedics used to help hip use in people with polio the “Mustard cardiovascular procedure” used to help correct heart problems in “blue babies,” which has saved thousands of children worldwide   Born in 1914 in Clinton, Ontario Died in […]

Bob Hooper | Pitcher

From: Leamington, Ontario Robert Nelson Hooper was a pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1950 to 1955. Born in 1922 in Leamington, Ontario Died in 1980 in New Brunswick, New Jersey A native of Leamington, Ontario, Hooper grew up in New Jersey with his uncle and aunt. He was signed by the New York Giants […]

Laura Secord | Heroine of the War of 1812

From: Ingersoll, Ontario Chippawa, Ontario Laura Secord (née Ingersoll) was a heroine of the War of 1812. She is known for having walked 20 miles out of American-occupied territory in 1813 to warn British forces of an impending American attack. The story of her trek has become legendary, and Secord herself mythologized in Canadian history. […]

Margaret Laurence | Writer

From: Neepawa, Manitoba Lakefield, Ontario Jean Margaret Laurence (born as Jean Margaret Wemys) was one of Canada’s most beloved writers. She is best known for her Manawaka novels — The Stone Angel (1964), A Jest of God (1966), The Fire-dwellers (1969) and The Diviners (1974). Born in 1926 in Neepawa, Manitoba Died in 1987 in Lakefield, Ontario Margaret Laurence was born in […]

Robertson Davies | Writer

From: Renfrew, Ontario Orangeville, Ontario William Robertson Davies is one of Canada’s most influential essayists and novelists. Davies was the founding Master of Massey College, a graduate college at the University of Toronto. Born in 1913 in Thamesville, Ontario Grew up in Renfrew, Ontario Died in 1995 in Orangeville, Ontario William Robertson Davies was born […]

Charles Tupper | Father of Confederation

From: Amherst, Nova Scotia Wolfville, Nova Scotia Sir Charles Tupper was the longest-surviving Father of Confederation. He led Nova Scotia into Confederation in 1867. He went on to serve as the sixth Prime Minister of Canada in 1896. Born in 1821 in Amherst, Nova Scotia Studied in Wolfville, Nova Scotia Died in 1915 in Bexleyheath, […]

Jack McClelland | Publisher

From: Kleinburg, Ontario John Gordon “Jack” McClelland was known for promoting Canadian writers as president of the McClelland and Stewart publishing house. Born in 1922 in Toronto, Ontario Resided in Kleinburg, Ontario Died in 2004 in Toronto, Ontario McClelland was known to place his authors’ careers ahead of his own profit. McClelland brought attention to […]

Andrew Malcolm | Furniture Manufacturer

From: Kincardine, Ontario Listowel, Ontario Andrew Malcolm was the founder of Andrew Malcolm Furniture Company. The beautiful, Canadian made furniture was used in many Canadian Hotels. Born in 1840 in Killearn, Scotland Resided in Kincardine, Ontario The Andrew Malcolm furniture factory was based in Listowel, Ontario Died in 1915 in Kincardine, Ontario At the age […]

Frank McKenna | Premier of New Brunswick

From: Sussex, New Brunswick Chatham, New Brunswick For a decade (1987–1997) Francis Joseph “Frank” McKenna was Premier of New Brunswick, having earned three consecutive majority governments. In 1987 Frank McKenna led the New Brunswick Liberal Party to an extraordinary victory, by winning all 58 seats in the legislature. It was only the second time in […]

Floyd Curry | Hockey Right Winger

From: Chapleau, Ontario Floyd “Busher” Curry won four Stanley Cups with Montreal Canadiens. Born in 1925 in Chapleau, Ontario Died in 2006 in Montreal, Quebec On October 29, 1951 Curry recorded his only career hat trick. He scored three goals in a 6-1 Habs’ victory over the New York Rangers in front of the Princess. It […]

Lights | Singer

From: Chesley, Ontario Lights (born Valerie Anne Poxleitner) is a Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter. Born in 1987 in Timmins, Ontario Grew up in Chesley, Ontario Lives in Mission, British Columbia Lights is known for her gold-certified album The Listening (2009), as well as singles “Drive My Soul“, “February Air“, “Ice“, “Second Go“, “Toes“, and […]

Yann Martel | The Life of Pi Author

From: Port Hope, Ontario Yann Martel is a Spanish-born Canadian author best known for his award-winning The Life of Pi.   Born in 1963 in Salamanca, Spain Graduated high school in Port Hope, Ontario Lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Yann Martel, the son of diplomats, was born in Spain in 1963. He grew up in Costa […]

Lester B. Pearson | 14th Prime Minister of Canada

From: Kleinburg, Ontario Lester Bowles “Mike” Pearson was a scholar, statesman, soldier and diplomat, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for organizing the United Nations Emergency Force to resolve the Suez Canal Crisis. He was the 14th Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968. Born in 1897 in Newtonbrook, Toronto, Ontario Resided […]

Samuel Andreyev | Composer

From: Kincardine, Ontario Samuel Andreyev (born Samuel Curnoe Andreeff) is a composer, poet, teacher and performer. Born in 1981 in Kincardine, Ontario Andreyev grew up in the town of Kincardine and studied violin privately in Kincardine as a child. He moved with his family to Toronto in 1988. He enrolled in The Royal Conservatory of […]

Grant Strate | Dancer

From: Cardston, Alberta Grant Strate was one of Canada’s most accomplished dance artists and Charter Member of the National Ballet. Born in 1927 in Cardston, Alberta Died in 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia Strate came to dance late as a law student at the University of Alberta. In 1951Strate’s early choreographic efforts came to the […]

Philip Henry Gosse | Aquarium Inventor

From: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Philip Henry Gosse was a naturalist, virtually the inventor of the seawater aquarium, and a innovator in the study of marine biology. Born in 1810 in Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Resided and worked in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Died in 1888 in Torquay, Torbay, England […]

Mickey MacKay | Hockey Rover/Centre

From: Chesley, Ontario Grand Forks, British Columbia Duncan McMillan “Mickey” MacKay played primarily in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and Western Canada Hockey League for the Vancouver Millionaires. Born in 1894 in Chesley, Ontario Resided in Grand Forks, British Columbia Died in 1940 in Ymir, British Columbia The PCHA/WCHL, which at the time was an […]

Raymond Fraser | Author

From: Chatham, New Brunswick Raymond Fraser is a novelist, poet, editor from New Brunswick. Born in 1941 in Chatham, New Brunswick Resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Raymond Fraser is the author of 13 books of fiction, three of non-fiction, and six collections of poetry. Born in Chatham, Fraser attended St Thomas University where he played […]

Travis Green | Hockey Coach

From: Castlegar, British Columbia Travis Vernon Green is the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, NHL. Born in 1970 in Castlegar, British Columbia Travis Green hired as Canucks Head Coach   Green previously coached the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets, Vancouver’s top affiliate. Drafted 23rd overall in 1989, Green played for 5 different NHL teams […]

Jack Carson | Actor

From: Carman, Manitoba John Elmer “Jack” Carson was one of the most popular character actors during the “golden age of Hollywood”. His comic talent was featured in such memorable films as “The Strawberry Blonde” (1941) and “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944). Born in 1910 in Carman, Manitoba Died in 1963 in Los Angeles, California Carson […]

Jordan McIntosh | Songwriter

From: Carleton Place, Ontario Jordan James McIntosh is a country and pop singer-songwriter from Ottawa. Born in 1995 in Ottawa Based in Carleton Place, Ontario Jordan McIntosh was born in Ottawa. He is presently based in Carleton Place. In 2012 McIntosh’s first single Walk Away was released. In 2016 McIntosh released Steal Your Heart, his […]

George Woolf | Jockey

From: Cardston, Alberta George Monroe Woolf, nicknamed “The Iceman”, was a thoroughbred race horse jockey. Born in 1910 in Cardston, Alberta Died in 1946 in Arcadia, California Woolf was born on a ranch in Cardston, Alberta in a riding family. His mother was a trick rider in a circus and his father was a rodeo […]

Helen Maksagak | Commissioner of Nunavut

From: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Helen Mamayaok Maksagak served as the Commissioner of the Northwest Territories (Canada) from 1995 until 1999 and as the Commissioner of Nunavut in 1999-2000. She is a notable Copper Inuk. Born in 1931 in Bernard Harbour, Northwest Territories (now Nunavut) Died in 2009 in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Born on the land […]

Frances Ford Seymour | Jane Fonda’s Mother

From: Brockville, Ontario Frances Ford Seymour was a socialite, the second wife of actor Henry Fonda, and the mother of actors Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda. Born in 1908 in Brockville, Ontario Died in 1950 in Beacon, New York In 1931 Frances Ford Seymour married George Tuttle Brokaw, a millionaire lawyer and sportsman. They had […]

Duane Andrews | Guitarist

From: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Duane Andrews is a guitarist combined Newfoundland folk music with the swing jazz of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Born in 1972 in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Duane Andrews – Conception Bay (Beneath the Surface), 2015   Born in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador, Andrews grew up exposed to the island’s mélange […]

Tommy Burns | Boxer

From: Chesley, Ontario Hanover, Ontario Tommy Burns, born Noah Brusso, nickname “The Little Giant of Hanover”, is the only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. UNIQUE VIDEO. Heavyweight Championship – Squires vs Burns -1907   Born in 1881 in Chesley, Ontario Grew up in Hanover, Ontario Died in 1955 in Vancouver, British Columbia Noah Brusso was […]

R. B. Bennett | 11th Prime Minister of Canada

From: Chatham, New Brunswick Richard Bedford Bennett, 1st Viscount Bennett was a lawyer, businessperson, politician, and philanthropist. He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Canada in 1930 – 1935, during the worst of the Great Depression years. Canadian Prime Minister R. B. Bennett Introducing Members of his Cabinet in 1930    Born in Hopewell […]

Robert Deluce | Porter Boss

From: Chapleau, Ontario White River, Ontario Robert J. Deluce is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable airline owners and operators. He is the president and CEO of Porter Airlines. Born in 1950 in Chapleau, Ontario Raised in White River, Ontario Flying High: Man behind Porter Airlines   Robert’s father served as a pilot with the Royal […]

Helen Kinnear | Judge

From: Cayuga, Ontario Helen Alice Kinnear had several firsts in her legal career. She was the first woman in the British Commonwealth to be made a King’s Counsel, the first female lawyer to argue before the Supreme Court of Canada, and the first woman appointed as a judge by the Government of Canada. Born in […]

Earle Connor | Paralympic Champion

From: Castlegar, British Columbia Earle Connor is a Paralympic sprinter. Connor holds several athletics world records. Born in 1976 in Castlegar, British Columbia Grew up in rural Saskatchewan Resides in Calgary, Alberta Connor lost his left leg from the knee down when he was three months old after being born without a fibula. At the […]

Ed Belfour | Hockey Goalie

From: Carman, Manitoba Edward John Belfour is a one of the premier goaltenders ever to play in the NHL. His characteristic face mask earned him the sobriquet “Eddie the Eagle”. Others earned him the nickname “Crazy Eddie”. Born in 1965 in Carman, Manitoba Belfour was born in Carman, Manitoba and grew up playing hockey. He […]

Leslie McFarlane | Hardy Boys Author

From: Carleton Place, Ontario Haileybury, Ontario Charles Leslie McFarlane was a journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is mostly famous for the very successful Hardy Boys mystery series for children and teens, using the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon. Born in 1902 in Carleton Place, Ontario Raised in Haileybury, Ontario Died in 1977 in Whitby, Ontario […]

Fay Wray | King Kong’s Lady

From: Cardston, Alberta Vina Fay Wray was an actress most noted for playing the female lead in the 1933 film King Kong as Ann Darrow.   Born in 1907 in Cardston, Alberta Died in 2004 in New York City, U.S. Through an acting career that spanned 57 years, Wray attained international renown as an actress […]

Rusty Crawford | Hockey Legend

From: Cardinal, Ontario Samuel Russell Crawford was a professional hockey forward and a two-time Stanley Cup champion, winning the trophy with the Bulldogs in 1913 and the Arenas in 1918. Born in 1885 in Cardinal, Ontario Died in 1971 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Rusty Crawford was one of the sport’s early stars and appeared in 258 […]

Robert William Boyle | Sonar Inventor

From: Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador Robert William Boyle was a physicist and one of the most important early pioneers in the development of sonar. Born in 1883 in Carbonear, Newfoundland Died in 1955 in London, England Boyle was born in 1883 at Carbonear in the Dominion of Newfoundland. Boyle left Newfoundland for Montreal, Quebec where […]

Ernest Thompson Seton | Pioneer of Boy Scouts

From: Carberry, Manitoba Lindsay, Ontario Ernest Thompson Seton was an author, wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians in 1902 (renamed Woodcraft League of America) and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. Born in 1860 in South Shields, England, United Kingdom Grew up in Lindsay, Ontario Resided in […]

Walter William LaChance | Architect

From: Brockville, Ontario Walter William LaChance was an architect best known for his designs of rural schools. Born in 1870 in Brockville, Ontario Died in 1951 in Fonthill, Ontario In 1884 he graduated from the Case School of Applied Science (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1897 he moved to Hamilton, Ontario, […]

Doug Mohns | Hockey Player

From: Capreol, Ontario Douglas Allen “Diesel” Mohns played 22 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1953–54 until 1974–75. Mohns twice won the most coveted prize in junior hockey, the Memorial Cup. Born in 1933 in Capreol, Ontario Died in 2014 in Reading, Massachusetts, U.S. Doug Mohns grew up in Capreol, Ontario where railway culture […]

Joshua Kutryk | Astronaut

From: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Joshua Kutryk was named Canada’s newest astronaut as the country marked its 150th birthday. Born in 1982 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Served in Bagotville, Quebec Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used the Canada Day 150 celebrations in Ottawa to name Jennifer Sidey of Calgary and Joshua Kutryk of Fort Saskatchewan.   Kutryk […]

Timothy Findley | Novelist

From: Cannington, Ontario Stratford, Ontario Timothy Irving Frederick Findley was a novelist and playwright. He rote a memoir, From Stone Orchard, about his experiences living at a farm on the outskirts of Cannington. Born in 1930 in Toronto, Ontario Resided at Stone Orchard, a farm near Cannington, Ontario Resided in Stratford, Ontario Died in 2002 […]

Patsy Gallant | Singer

From: Campbellton, New Brunswick Patsy Gallant is a pop singer and musical theatre actress. Of Acadian ancestry, she has recorded and performed in both English and French. Born in 1948 in Campbellton, New Brunswick Patsy Gallant was born in New Brunswick and first performed with her sisters – The Gallant Sisters – at local fairs, […]

Eddie Hayward | Kentucky Derby Winner

From: Brighton, Ontario Edward “Eddie” C. Hayward was a trainer in American Thoroughbred horse racing best known for winning the 1953 Kentucky Derby in which his colt Dark Star defeated Native Dancer.    Born in 1903 in Brighton, Ontario Died in 1983 in Franklin Square, New York A native of Brighton, Ontario, Eddie Hayward began […]

Stephen Angulalik | Trader

From: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Stephen Angulalik was an internationally known Ahiarmiut Inuit from northern Canada notable as a Kitikmeot fur trader and trading post operator at Kuugjuaq (Perry River), Northwest Territories. Photo: Stephen Angulalik and Family 1950 (S.J. Bailey/National Archives of Canada/PA 175729) Born in 1898 in the vicinity of Kuunnuaq (Ellice River), Nunavut Died in […]

Byron Edmund Walker | Banker, Patron of the Arts

From: Caledonia, Ontario Sir Byron Edmund Walker was a banker , philanthropist, and patron of the arts. He was the president of the Canadian Bank of Commerce from 1907 to 1924. Born in 1848, Caledonia, Upper Canada (Ontario) Died in 1924 in Toronto, Ontario Byron Edmund Walker was born on the outskirts of Caledonia in […]

Beckie Scott | Olympic Champion

From: Vegreville, Alberta Vermilon, Alberta Canmore, Alberta Rebecca “Beckie” Scott was a cross-country skiing athlete as Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country racers.  Born in 1974 in Vegreville, Alberta Grew up in Vermilon, Alberta Resides in Canmore, Alberta Beckie Scott began cross-country skiing at the age of five. […]

Nathan Phillips | Mayor of Toronto

From: Brockville, Ontario Nathan Phillips was a popular Mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962. Born in 1892 in Brockville, Ontario Died in 1976 in Toronto, Ontario Born in Brockville, Ontario, Phillips was educated in public and high schools in Cornwall, Ontario. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1913 and was called to […]

Toshiko MacAdam | Textile Artist

From: Bridgetown, Nova Scotia Toshiko MacAdam (born Toshiko Horiuchi) is known for her massive, colorful architectural sculptures/playgrounds. Born in 1940 in Japan Lives in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia   Toshiko MacAdam is a Japanese textile artist based in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. She is best known for her work with large-scale textile structures, especially “textile playgrounds” for […]

Claude Julien | Hockey Coach

From: Blind River, Ontario Claude Julien is a professional NHL hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens Born in 1960 in Blind River, Ontario Claude Julien First practice with the Montreal Canadiens, February 2017.‘   Claude Julien has coached about 1000 regular season games in the NHL […]

Nicolas Fontaine | Freestyle Skier

From: Magog, Quebec By claiming the World Cup Freestyle Aerials title for four consecutive seasons, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000, Nicolas ‘Nico’ Fontaine was the world’s most accomplished aerialist of his time.    Born in 1970 in Magog, Quebec Nicolas Fontaine competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, where he placed sixth in aerials. […]

Clyfford Still | Artist

From: Bow Island, Alberta Clyfford Still was a painter, and one of the leading figures in the first generation of Abstract Expressionists. Born in 1904 in Grandin, North Dakota Grew up in Bow Island, Alberta Died in 1980 in Baltimore, Maryland Clyfford Still developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following […]

Antonine Maillet | Novelist, Playwright

From: Bouctouche, New Brunswick Antonine Maillet is the foremost voice in literature from the French-speaking Acadian East Coast of Canada. Born in 1929 in Bouctouche, New Brunswick Lives in Montreal, Quebec   Maillet’s hometown of Bouctouche boasts “Le Pays de La Sagouine,” a tourist theme park based on her award-winning La Sagouine (1971). La Sagouine, […]

Alex Faulkner | Hockey Player

From: Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland Selm Alexander (Alex) Faulkner was the first Newfoundlander to play in the National Hockey League. Born in 1936 in Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland Alex first learned to play hockey with his brothers on the Exploits River in Bishop’s Falls. His brother George was the first Newfoundlander to play professional hockey. Alex’s provincial […]

Robert Tait McKenzie | Fitness Pioneer, Sculptor

From: Almonte, Ontario Robert Tait McKenzie was an educator, sculptor, orthopedic surgeon, and author. Born in 1867 in Almonte, Canada West (Ontario) Died in 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tait McKenzie was born in Lanark County, Ontario, where his father, emigrated to Canada from Kelso, Scotland, in 1858 and became minister of the Free Church of […]

Allan Roy Dafoe | Obstetrician

From: Madoc, Ontario Doctor Allan Roy Dafoe OBE was an obstetrician, best known for delivering and caring for the Dionne quintuplets (Humans of Small Towns), the first quintuplets known to survive early infancy. Born in 1883 in Madoc, Ontario Resided in Callander, Ontario Died in 1943 in North Bay, Ontario Dafoe was born in Madoc, […]

Todd Brooker | Ski Racer

From: Paris, Ontario Collinwood, Ontario Blue Mountain, Ontario Todd Brooker is an alpine ski racer and a ski commentator on television. Born in 1959 in Paris, Ontario Learned to ski and race at Blue Mountain, Ontario Lives in Collinwood, Ontario Todd Brooker began skiing at 4 and by 12 was racing throughout Ontario and Québec. An […]

Duncan McEachran | Veterinarian

From: Ormstown, Québec Duncan McNab McEachran was a veterinarian and academic. Born in 1841 in Campbeltown, Scotland Died in 1924 in Ormstown, Québec Duncan McEachran graduated from Edinburgh Veterinary College in 1861 and came to Canada in 1862 to practise in Woodstock, Canada West. In 1863, he helped set up, along with primary founder Andrew […]

Seth | Cartoonist

From: Clinton, Ontario Seth is the pen name of Gregory Gallant, one of the foremost cartoonists in North America best known for his series Palookaville and his mock-autobiographical graphic novel It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken (1996). Born in 1962 in Clinton, Ontario Seth is known for his realistic, elegant graphic novels, where […]

Denis Côté | Filmmaker

From: Grand Falls, New Brunswick Denis Côté is an independent filmmaker and producer living in Quebec, of Brayon origin. His experimental films have been shown at major film festivals around the world. Born in 1973 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick Denis Côté is an uncompromising and prolific maverick who prefers to challenge audiences rather than […]

Chandra Crawford | Olympic Champion

From: Canmore, Alberta Chandra Crawford is a cross-country skier. She surprised everyone when she won the gold medal in the free sprint at the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games.    Born in 1983 in Canmore, Alberta Video of her circulated on the Internet as she sang O Canada, the Canadian national anthem, from the medals […]

Daniel Petrie | Film Director

From: Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Daniel Petrie was a television and film director. His signature film A Raisin in the Sun (1961), was nominated for the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Born in 1920 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Died in 2004 in Los Angeles, California Petrie was educated at St Francis […]

Graham Fraser | Industrialist

From: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Graham Fraser was an industrialist and community leader from Nova Scotia. Born in 1846 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Died in 1915 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia After leaving school Graham Fraser went to Providence, Rhode Island, where he learned the blacksmithing trade. Fraser returned to New Glasgow in 1867 […]

Brian Jungen | Artist

From: Fort St. John, British Columbia Brian Jungen is one of the most highly regarded Canadian artists of his generation. Born in 1970 in Fort St. John, British Columbia Brian Jungen has received international attention for his elaborate assemblages and installations that draw inspiration from his experience of post-industrial consumerism and his own First Nations […]

Grant Fuhr | Hockey Goalie

From: Spruce Grove, Alberta Grant Fuhr was one of the National Hockey League’s best-ever goalies and a member of the outstanding Edmonton Oilers lineup of the 1980s. Born in 1962 in Spruce Grove, Alberta Born in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Grant Fuhr would become one of National Hockey League’s greatest goaltenders of all time, playing on […]

Bernard Lord | Youngest Premier of New Brunswick

From: Roberval, Quebec Bernard Lord became New Brunswick’s youngest elected premier at age 33. Born in 1965 in Roberval, Quebec Raised in Moncton, New Brunswick Lord was born in Roberval, Quebec, and was raised in a bilingual household in Moncton, New Brunswick. He served as president of the Université de Moncton student union for three […]

Abraham Groves | Physician, Surgeon

From: Fergus, Ontario Dr. Abraham Groves was well known as a medical innovator and surgeon. He was known for his pioneered work in the uses of sterilization and antiseptics. Born in 1847 in Peterborough, Canada West Died in 1935 in Fergus, Ontario Dr. Abraham Groves was born at Peterborough, The Groves family moved to a […]

Antoine Turmel | Provigo Founder

From: Thetford Mines, Quebec Antoine Turmel was a visionary and remarkable entrepreneur throughout his career. Born in 1918 in Thetford Mines, Quebec Died in 2012 in Montreal, Quebec In 1945, Antoine Turmel joined Compagnie Denault Ltée of Sherbrooke as sales manager. He transformed the company into a regional force that consolidated some sixty retailers and […]

William Dodge Lovitt | Shipowner

From: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia In the late 1800’s William D. Lovitt was one of Yarmouth’s most prominent shipowners. Born in 1834 Died in 1894 William Dodge Lovitt owned his own shipyard in Belliveau’s Cove, Digby County (some fifty miles from Yarmouth) where the majority of his vessels were built. As an entrepreneur, William D. Lovitt […]

John Stanton | Running Room Founder

From: Tofield, Alberta John Stanton is a best-known expert on recreational running, and through his business, Running Room, he has advocated for improved health and fitness through simple changes in lifestyle. Born in 1948 in Tofield, Alberta   In young adulthood Stanton was a heavy smoker and self-proclaimed “couch potato.” He had been working in […]

Richard Desjardins | Singer

From: Rouyn, Quebec Richard Desjardins is a Québécois folk singer and film director. Born in 1948 in Rouyn, Quebec Richard Desjardins is a self-taught musician whose musical influences range from blues to Johann Sebastian Bach.   Richard and his friends formed the country rock ensemble Abbitibbi in the 1970s. Desjardins played piano, guitar, and sang. […]

Sir Donald Mann | Railway Baron

From: Acton, Canada West (Ontario) Sir Donald Mann was a self-made Canadian railway baron, builder and entrepreneur. Born in 1853 in Acton, Canada West (Ontario) Died in 1934 in Toronto, Ontario In 1879 Donald Mann moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba.  During the 1880s he worked as a contractor for the Canadian Pacific Railway. With James Ross, […]

Mossom Boyd | Lumber King of the Trent

From: Bobcaygeon, Ontario Mossom Boyd was a member of the Anglo-Irish gentry, who, upon moving to Canada, quickly became the lumber king of the Trent. Born in 1814 in India Died in 1883 in Bobcaygeon, Ontario In 1834, 19-year-old Mossom Boyd arrived in the backwoods of Upper Canada, Sturgeon Lk area. Within a decade he’d […]

Gilles Carle | Director, Screenwriter

From: Maniwaki, Québec Gilles Carle was a key figure in the development of Québec cinema, one of the most prolific and important talents in the Canadian film industry. Born in 1928 in Maniwaki, Québec Died in 2009 in Granby, Québec Gilles Carle’s documentary The Big Swim (1964)   Gilles Carle started the book edition company […]

Maud Lewis | Folk Artist

From: Marshalltown, near Digby, Nova Scotia Maud Lewis was a folk artist from Nova Scotia. She remains one of Canada’s best known folk artists. Born in 1903 in South Ohio, near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Lived in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia Died in 1970 in Digby, Nova Scotia One of Canada’s great artists Maud Lewis, 1965: CBC […]

William John Wintember | Father of Canadian Archaeology

From: New Dundee, Ontario William John Wintemberg was an outstanding Canadian archaeologist. Born in 1876 in New Dundee, Ontario Died in 1941 in Ottawa Wintemberg was born in New Dundee and, as a youth, developed an avid interest in this region’s folklore and prehistory. After 1901, he pursued various trades in Toronto but, encouraged by […]

Pierre Berton | Journalist

From: Whitehorse, Yukon Kleinburg, Ontario Pierre Francis de Marigny Berton was a noted author of non-fiction, especially a serious popularizer of Canadian history, and was a well-known television personality and journalist. Born in 1920 in Whitehorse, Yukon Resided in Kleinburg, Ontario Died in 2004 in Toronto, Ontario 2004: Goodbye, Pierre Berton, CBC Archives:   Berton was […]

Alice Wilson | Palaeontologist

From: Cobourg, Ontario Alice Evelyn Wilson was the first female geologist in Canada and first woman to become a member of the Royal Society of Canada. Born in 1881 in Cobourg, Ontario Died in 1964 in Ottawa, Ontario Her life growing up in Cobourg, Ontario, family where scholarship, and the sciences in particular, were highly […]

Félix Leclerc | Chansonnier

From: La Tuque, Québec Félix Eugène Leclerc, writer, poet, playwright and songwriter, is an icon in Quebec, known to many as the originator of the “chansonnier” tradition. Born in 1914 in La Tuque, Québec Died in 1988 in Saint-Pierre-de-l’Île-d’Orléans, Québec   Félix Leclerc was a revolutionary artist whose work in several fields marked a turning […]

Kim Campbell | First and Only Female Prime Minister

From: Port Alberni, British Columbia Avril Kim Campbell, née Avril Phaedra Douglas Campbell, is a politician, diplomat, lawyer and writer who served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada, from June 1993 to November 1993. Born in 1947 in Port Alberni, British Columbia Campbell was the first, and to date, only female prime minister of […]

Arthur Roy Brown | Fighter Pilot

From: Carleton Place, Ontario Captain Arthur Roy Brown was a First World War flying ace credited with 11 aerial victories. Born in 1893 in Carleton Place, Ontario Died in 1944 in Stouffville, Ontario A flight commander with 209 Squadron, Brown has often been credited with killing Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, the “Red Baron” on April […]

James Campbell | Clarinetist

From: Leduc, Alberta James Campbell is a clarinetist. He has more than 40 recordings, a Juno Award, a Roy Thomson Hall Award, Canada’s Artist of the Year, the Order of Canada, and The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Born in 1949 in Leduc, Alberta Glenn Gould and James Campbell play Debussy’s First Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra […]

Andrew McNaughton | Minister of Defence

From: Moosomin, Saskatchewan General Andrew George Latta McNaughton served as the Chief of the General Staff of the Canadian Army. Born in 1887 in Moosomin, (then North-West Territories, now in Saskatchewan) Died in 1966 in Montebello, Québec Andrew McNaughton graduated in physics and engineering from McGill University in Montreal. He enlists in the Militia in […]

Earl Heywood | No. 1 Cowboy Singer

From: Exeter, Ontario Wingham, Ontario Earl (Carlyle) Heywood was a country singer-songwriter, guitarist, broadcaster, known as ‘Canada’s No. 1 Cowboy Singer.’   Earl Heywood & His Serenade Ranch Gang 78 RPM Record – Picking Flowers & I’ll Tell The World I Love   Born in 1917 in Exeter, Ontario Lived and worked in Wingham, Ontario […]

Robert William Stewart | Ocean Physicist

From: Smoky Lake, Alberta Scientist Robert William Stewart was known internationally for original work in turbulence, oceanography and meteorology, and was a recognized authority on exchange processes between ocean and atmosphere. Born in 1923 in Smoky Lake, Alberta Died in 2005 in Victoria, British Columbia Robert W. Stewart was affectionately known as “Big Bob”. He […]

Milton Acorn | The People’s Poet

From: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Milton James Rhode Acorn, nicknamed The People’s Poet by his peers, was a poet, writer, and playwright.   Milton Acorn reads “In the Sky”   Born in 1923 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Died in 1986 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Acorn was a World War II veteran. in 1952, […]

Joe Clark | Youngest Prime Minister

From: High River, Alberta Charles Joseph “Joe” Clark is a statesman, businessman, writer, and politician who served as the 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-1980). Born in 1939 in High River, Alberta Joe Clark was Canada’s youngest prime minister when he took office one day before his 40th birthday. Joe Clark’s opening statement in the […]

Donald H. Oliver | Senator

From: Wolfville, Nova Scotia In 1990, lawyer Donald H. Oliver became Canada’s first African-Canadian senator. Born in 1938 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia Donald H. Oliver is descended from slave refugees who came to Canada during the War of 1812. Growing up in a devout Baptist family of five children, Oliver was instilled with a strong […]

Myrtle Cook | First Lady of Sports

From: Elora, Ontario Myrtle Alice Cook-McGowan, known as the first Lady of Sports in Canada, was an athlete and journalist who competed mainly in the 100 metres. Born in 1902 in Toronto, Ontario Died in 1985 in Elora, Ontario Myrtle Cook was a shy, quiet child who began playing virtually every sport she could from […]

Kenneth Winters | Encyclopedia of Music in Canada Creator

From: Dauphin, Manitoba Kenneth Lyle Winters was an eminent musician, broadcaster and music critic, and an editor of The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Born in 1929 in Dauphin, Manitoba Died in 2011 in Toronto, Ontario Winters grew up in Dauphin, Manitoba, where his mother was a pianist, teacher, and the organist at the local […]

Susanna Moodie | Author

From: Lakefield, Ontario Susanna Moodie, née Strickland, sister of Catharine Parr Traill, was an author who wrote about her experiences as a settler in Canada, which was a British colony at the time. Born in 1803 in Bungay, River Waveney, Suffolk, England Died in 1885 in Toronto, Ontario Susanna was the youngest in a literary […]

Catharine Parr Traill | Writer

From: Lakefield, Ontario Catharine Parr Traill, née Strickland, was a pioneer writer and naturalist who wrote about life as a settler in Canada. Born in 1802 in London, England Died in 1899 in Lakefield, Ontario Catharine Parr Traill began writing children’s books in 1818. In 1832 Traill immigrated to Canada with her husband, half-pay Lieutenant […]

Matthew Henry Halton | Journalist

From: Pincher Creek, Alberta Matthew Henry Halton was a foreign correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during World War II. Born in 1904 in Pincher Creek, Alberta Died in 1956 in London, England Covering the major milestones of his generation – from the war trenches to the coronation of the Queen, Halton became Canada’s most famous […]

Josiah Henson | The Real Uncle Tom

From: Dresden, Ontario Josiah Henson was an author, abolitionist, founder of the Black community settlement at Dawn, near Dresden. Born in 1789 in Charles County, Maryland, United States Died in 1883 in Dresden, Ontario Born enslaved in Port Tobacco, Henson escaped to Upper Canada (now Ontario) in 1830. He founded a settlement and laborer’s school […]

Sandra Schmirler | Curler

From: Biggar, Saskatchewan Sandra Marie Schmirler, dubbed “Schmirler the Curler,” led her foursome to the first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport (1998). Born in 1963 in Biggar, Saskatchewan Died in 2000 in Regina, Saskatchewan Schmirler captured three Canadian Curling Championships (Scott Tournament of Hearts) and three World Curling Championships. Schmirler also captained her […]

Donald O. Hebb | Father of Neuropsychology

From: Chester, Nova Scotia Donald Hebb is often considered the “father of neuropsychology” because of the way he was able to merge the psychological world with the world of neuroscience. His theory of Hebbian learning was introduced in his classic work The Organization of Behavior: A Neuropsychological Theory (1949).   Born in 1904 in Chester, […]

Elsie Reford | Les Jardins de Métis Founder

Born: Perth, Ontario Elsie Reford was a pioneer of Canadian horticulture, creating one of the largest private gardens in Canada on her estate, Estevan Lodge in eastern Québec. Born in 1872 in Perth, Ontario Died in 1967 in Montréal, Quebec Located in Grand-Métis on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, the gardens have […]

Deborah Ellis | Writer

From: Cochrane, Ontario Deborah Ellis is an award-winning, feminist, peace activist and philanthropist. Born in 1960 in Cochrane, Ontario   Deborah Ellis began writing at the age of 11 and released her first book after she entered a contest for unpublished novelists in 2000. Deborah penned the international bestseller The Breadwinner. Her novels for young […]

Thomas Chandler Haliburton | Author

From: Windsor, Nova Scotia Thomas Chandler Haliburton is a writer best known as the creator of Sam Slick, a resourceful Yankee clock peddler and cracker-barrel philosopher.  Born in 1796 in Windsor, Nova Scotia Died in 1865 in Isleworth, England Haliburton was a politician, judge, and author. Politically, he played a significant role in the history […]

Adelaide Hoodless | Women’s Institute Founder

From: St. George, Ontario Adelaide Hoodless, née Addie Hunter, was an educational reformer who founded the Women’s Institute. Born in 1857 in St. George, Canada West (now Ontario) Died in 1910 in Toronto, Ontario Adelaide Hoodless was jolted out of a comfortable middle-class life when an infant son died in 1889 after drinking impure milk. […]

James B. Harkin | Father of National Parks

From: Vankleek Hill, Ontario James Bernard Harkin (‘Bunny’ Harkin) was the first commissioner of the National Parks of Canada. He established the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Born in 1875 in Vankleek Hill, Ontario Died in 1955 in Ottawa, Ontario James B. Harkin was a Canadian-born journalist turned bureaucrat with a passion for […]

Liisa Savijarvi | Alpine Skier

From: Bracebridge, Ontario Liisa Savijarvi was one of the best Canadian alpine skier. Born in 1963 in Bracebridge, Ontario Off to an early start at age 14 months, Liisa Savijarvi began racing at 8 and was competing nationally by 14. She made many appearances at the Canadian Alpine Championships and the FIS World Cup. Liisa […]

Alison Redford | Politician

From: Kitimat, British Columbia Alison Redford was the first female premier of Alberta. Born in 1965 in Kitimat, British Columbia Alison Redford is a lawyer, politician, 14th premier of Alberta (2011-14). In her childhood, Alison Redford lived in Nova Scotia and Borneo before her parents chose to settle in Calgary when she was 12.   […]

Mary Percy Jackson | Pioneer Physician

Lived: Manning, Alberta Dr. Mary Evangeline Percy, known as Mary Percy Jackson, was a pioneering doctor in the Peace River district, at that time an isolated and sparsely settled area of northern Alberta. She served the people of the Peace River country as a physician for over 45 years. Born in 1904 in Dudley, England […]

Anne Murray | Singer

From: Springhill, Nova Scotia Morna Anne Murray is a singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide.   Born in 1945 in Springhill, Nova Scotia Murray led the way for a generation of Canadian divas, who have also conquered the world – Celine Dion (Humans of […]

Alistair MacLeod | Writer

Born: North Battleford, Saskatchewan Alistair MacLeod was a novelist, short story writer, chronicler of the landscape and people of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and academic. Born in 1936 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan Grew up in Dunvegan, Nova Scotia Died in 2014 in Windsor, Ontario After living on the prairies, Saskatchewan, his family moved back to […]

George Lyon | Golfer

From: Richmond, Ontario George Seymour Lyon is an Olympic gold medallist, an eight-time Canadian Amateur Championship winner, and a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Born in 1858 in Richmond, Canada West Died in 1938 in Toronto, Ontario   George Lyon was born in a small town, named Richmond, just outside of Ottawa, Ontario. […]

Heather Moyse | Multi-Sport Champion

From: Summerside, Prince Edward Island Heather Moyse is two-time Olympic gold medalist, representing Canada in international competition as a bobsledder, rugby union player, and track cyclist. Born in 1978 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island From the small Prince Edward Island town of Summerside to the top of the Olympic podium, Heather has been described as […]

Dean Brody | Singer

Born in Smithers, British Columbia Dean Brody has approached country-music-superstar status. He is now an arena touring act, with thirteen Canadian Country Music Awards and two Junos.    Born in 1975 in Smithers, British Columbia Grew up in Jaffray, British Columbia Lives in Blandford, Nova Scotia Brody released his debut single, “Brothers”, in 2008. He […]

Brent Butt | Comedian

From: Tisdale, Saskatchewan Brent Butt is one of Canada’s most successful and recognizable comedians. Born in 1966 in Tisdale, Saskatchewan Comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer Brent Butt began doing stand-up comedy professionally in 1988, progressing from five-minute routines at amateur nights in Saskatoon to touring the Yuk Yuk’s chain of comedy clubs across Western Canada. Brent […]

Billy Barker | Flying Ace

From: Dauphin, Manitoba William George (Billy) Barker was a First World War fighter ace and Victoria Cross recipient. He is the most highly decorated serviceman in the history of Canada. Born in 1894 in Dauphin, Manitoba Died in 1930 (aged 35) in Ottawa, Ontario Billy Barker was born on a farm near Dauphin, Manitoba. He […]

Geoff Ward | Hockey Coach

From: Manitouwadge, Ontario Geoff Ward is an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils, and a former assistant coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011. Born in 1962 in Waterloo, Ontario Lived in Manitouwadge, Ontario for 9 years […]

Gordon Lightfoot | Singer-Songwriter

From: Orillia, Ontario Gordon Meredith Lightfoot is perhaps the most accomplished and well-known singer/songwriter to ever come out of Canada. Born in 1938 in Orillia, Ontario   Gordon Lightfoot achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is […]

James Gladstone | Senator

Died in Fernie, British Columbia James Gladstone (or Akay-na-muka, meaning “Many guns”) was the first Status Indian to be appointed to the Canadian Senate. Born in 1887 in Mountain Hill, Northwest Territories Died in 1971 in Fernie, British Columbia Gladstone was a Cree by birth but was adopted by the Blood Reserve, Alberta, on which […]

George Orton | Canada’s 1st Olympic Champion

From: Strathroy, Ontario George Washington Orton was a middle-distance runner. In 1900, he became Canada’s first Olympic gold medal winner. Born in 1873 in Strathroy, Ontario Died in 1958 in Laconia, New Hampshire, United States George Orton won gold in the 2500m steeplechase and bronze in the 400m hurdles at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. […]

Gilles Ste-Croix | Cirque du Soleil Co-creator

From: La Sarre, Québec Gilles Ste-Croix is an entrepreneur and the vice president and co-creator of Cirque du Soleil. He started Cirque du Soleil with co-founder, Guy Laliberté. Born in 1950 in La Sarre, Québec First performances in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec In the early 1980s, a troupe of performers founded by Gilles Ste-Croix took to the […]

Agnes Macphail | Politician

From: Proton Township, Grey County, Ontario (now Dundalk, Ontario) The face from the new $10 bank note Agnes Campbell Macphail was the first Canadian woman elected to the parliament. Born in 1890 in Proton Township, Grey County, Ontario (now Dundalk, Ontario) Died in 1954 in Toronto, Ontario Agnes Macphail was born in a farming family […]

Dionne Quintuplets

The world-famous Dionne quintuplets in 1939. From left, Emilie, Annette, Cécile, Marie and Yvonne. North Bay, Ontario It is great that with approaching Canada’s 150th anniversary, the final decision on the Dionne Museum in North Bay came out to be positive. The Dionne Quintuplets are the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy. Born […]

Léopold L. Foulem | Ceramist

From: Caraquet, New Brunswick Léopold L. Foulem is one of the leading conceptual ceramists in the world. His work has been featured in over 40 solo exhibitions. Born in 1945 in Caraquet, New Brunswick Lives and works in Montréal, Québec   Foulem was awarded: the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award in 1999, the Saidye […]

David W. Friesen | Printing Company’s Founder

From: Altona, Manitoba David W. (D.W.) Friesen is a founder of one of Canada’s largest printing companies, Friesens. Born in 1879 in Schoensee, Manitoba, Died in 1951   In 1905 he moved to Altona, bought a confectionery store and was made postmaster in 1907.  D.W. Friesen’s store From 1910 to 1946, he was also an […]

Alexander Knox | Actor

From: Strathroy, Ontario Alexander Knox was an actor and author of adventure novels set in the Great Lakes area during the 19th century. Born in 1907 in Strathroy, Ontario Died in 1995 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, England   Alexander Knox was educated at the University of Western Ontario, and first appeared on the American stage with […]

James William Carmichael | Shipbuilder

From: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia James William Carmichael was a shipbuilder-owner, merchant, politician. Born in 1819 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Died in 1903 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Carmichael, son of New Glasgow’s founder, James Carmichael, became its most prominent merchant, shipbuilder and ship-owner. James began work in his father’s shipping and retail business […]

Jacques Poulin | Novelist

From: Saint-Gédéon, Quebec Jacques Poulin is a novelist with a quiet and intimate style of writing. He is among the most widely read Québécois novelists of his generation and the most respected by critics. Born in 1937 in Saint-Gédéon, Quebec Jacques Poulin is the author of novels and winner of several literary awards including the […]

Kaetlyn Osmond | Figure Skater

From: Marystown, Newfoundland Kaetlyn Osmond, Canadian figure skater, is the 2017 World silver medalist.   Born in 1995 in Marystown, Newfoundland Residence: Sherwood Park, Alberta   Kaetlyn Osmond is also: the 2014 Olympic silver medalist in figure skating team event, the 2012 Skate Canada International champion, a two-time Nebelhorn Trophy champion, a three-time Canadian national […]

Johnny Bucyk | Hockey Left Winger

Lived: Creston, British Columbia John Paul “Chief” Bucyk was an ice hockey left winger. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Born in 1935 in Edmonton, Alberta Lived in Creston, British Columbia Bobby Orr’s Incredible Pass To Johnny Bucyk   Having played most of his career with the Boston Bruins, Johnny Bucyk […]

White Bird | Native American Leader

Died: Pincher Creek, Alberta White Bird was a leader, War Chief and tooat (Shaman) of the Lamátta band of the Nez Percé lived along White Bird Creek in Idaho. Died in 1892 in Pincher Creek, Alberta The name White Bird (Peopeo Kiskiok Hihih – “White Goose”) is also referred to as White Pelican. In 1855, […]

Pamela Anderson | Model, Actress

From: Ladysmith, British Columbia Pamela Denise Anderson is an actress and model known for her roles on the TV series Home Improvement, Baywatch and V.I.P.. Born in 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia   Pamela Anderson was Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990. With the success from Playboy, Pamela Anderson moved to […]

Stompin’ Tom Connors | Iconic Singer

From: Timmins, Ontario Ballinafad, Ontario (part of the town Erin, Ontario) One of the iconic figures in Canadian music, Charles Thomas “Stompin’ Tom” Connors was a country and folk singer-songwriter.    Born in 1936 in Saint John, New Brunswick Origin: Timmins, Ontario The birthplace of Tom’s nickname: Peterborough, Ontario Died in 2013 in Ballinafad, Ontario […]

W. A. Hewitt | Hockey Innovator

From: Cobourg, Ontario William Abraham Hewitt was a leading sports journalist, administrator and innovator. Born in 1875 in Cobourg, Ontario Died in 1966 Born in Cobourg, Ontario, Hewitt moved with his family an hour east to Toronto when he was four years old. At age 15 Hewitt was made a reporter. He remained in the […]

Mario Bernardi | Conductor, Pianist

From: Kirkland Lake, Ontario Mario Bernardi is one of Canada’s premier conductors and a renowned builder of cultural institutions in Canada. Born in 1930 in Kirkland Lake, Ontario Died in 2013 in Toronto, Ontario Mario Bernandi conducted 75 operas and over 450 other works with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.   Bernardi spent […]

Peter Mansbridge | CBC Journalist

Worked in Churchill, Manitoba Peter Mansbridge is chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, CBC Television’s flagship nightly newscast.   Born in 1948 in London, England Residence in Stratford, Ontario Peter Mansbridge, aged 21 or 22, at his first job with the CBC in Churchill, Manitoba. (thestar.com)   Mansbridge worked as a […]

David Alward | 32nd Premier of New Brunswick

From: Nackawic, New Brunswick David Nathan Alward is a Canada’s Consul General in Boston. He served as the 32nd Premier of New Brunswick, 2010 to 2014. Born in 1959 in Beverly, Massachusetts Graduated from high school in Nackawic, New Brunswick Elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 1999 as the member for Woodstock […]

Randy Ragan | Soccer Player

From: High Prairie, Alberta Randolph “Randy” Lee Ragan was an elite professional soccer player, who was considered one of the top midfield players in Canada in the 1980s. Born in 1959 in High Prairie, Alberta Ragan went on to play 40 times for the Canadian national team. He played all three games for Canada during […]

David Suzuki | Scientist, TV Host

Grew up: Leamington, Ontario David Takayoshi Suzuki is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. Born in 1936 in Vancouver, British Columbia Since the mid-1970s, Suzuki has been known for his television and radio series, documentaries and books about nature and the environment. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television […]

Eric Peterson | Actor

From: Indian Head, Saskatchewan Eric Neal Peterson is a stage/television actor, known for his roles in three major Canadian series – Street Legal, Corner Gas and This is Wonderland. Born in 1946 in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. In 1974 Eric moved to Toronto, where he joined Theatre Passe Muraille. He appeared in collective documentary productions, including […]

C. J. Mackenzie | National Research Council President

From: St. Stephen, New Brunswick Chalmers Jack “C. J.” Mackenzie was the single most important figure in the postwar growth of Canadian science. Born in 1888 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick Died in 1984 in Ottawa, Ontario In the postwar years, he and E.W.R. Steacie laid the foundations of the Canadian scientific system as it […]

Jean Claude Roy | Artist

From: St. Philip’s, Newfoundland Jean Claude Roy is “expressionist-colourist”; he is passionately drawn to landscape, both physical and human.   Born in 1948 in Rochefore-sur-Mer, France, in 1948 Jean Claude was aware from the age of seven that he would be an artist. His interest turned to landscape on visiting Newfoundland for the first time. […]

Glen Sharpley | Hockey Center

From: Huntsville, Ontario Glen Stuart Sharpley was an ice hockey player who played only 286 games in NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and Chicago Black Hawks. Born in 1956 in York, Ontario Lives in Huntsville, Ontario As a highly touted junior player, Glen Sharpley was known for his speed and his ability to win […]

Joe O’Brien | Harness Horseman

From: Alberton, Prince Edward Island Joseph Cyril “Joe” O’Brien was perhaps the greatest driver and trainer of harness horses the world has ever seen. Born in 1917 in Alberton, Prince Edward Island Died in 1984 in Shafter, California   Joe O’Brien won the U.S. Trotting Triple Crown in 1955. He would be inducted into both […]

pj johnson | Yukon Poet Laureate

From: Whitehorse, Yukon On Canada Day, July 1st 1994, pj johnson was honoured to be invested as the first official Yukon Poet Laureate in Canada. She considers herself foremost a storyteller upholding what it means to be a Canadian writer. As an annual performer at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, in 1992 she composed and […]

Mike Babcock | Hockey Coach

From: Manitouwadge, Ontario Michael “Mike” Babcock Jr. is a Stanley Cup and Olympic Gold Medal Winning Hockey Coach. Born in 1963 in Manitouwadge, Ontario Mike Babcock serves as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. He previously spent 10 seasons as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he won […]

Susan Aglukark | Inuk Singer

From: Churchill, Manitoba Susan Aglukark is an Inuk musician whose blend of Inuit folk music traditions with country and pop songwriting has made her a major recording star in Canada. Born in 1967 in Churchill, Manitoba Susan’s most successful single is “O Siem”, which reached No. 1 on the Canadian country and adult contemporary charts […]

David Yates | School Teacher

From: Clinton, Ontario David Yates is the author of Explore Huron TV series. David Yates is a history teacher at Central Huron Secondary School, Clinton ON. ‘Explore Huron with David Yates’ on Huron County TV, Ontario is a series in which local history buff, David Yates, describes communities in Huron and their rich heritage. David’s […]

Guy Lafleur | Five-Time Stanley Cup Winner

From: Thurso, Quebec Guy Damien “The Flower” / “Le Démon Blond” Lafleur was the first NHL player to score 50 goals and 100 points in six straight seasons. 1979. Guy Lafleur goal on Boston – Game 7, Semi Final:   Born in 1951 in Thurso, Quebec The native of Thurso, Quebec, arrived in Montreal with […]

Brianne Theisen-Eaton | Heptathlete

From: Humboldt, Saskatchewan Brianne Theisen-Eaton is a track and field athlete who competed in the heptathlon and women’s pentathlon.  Born in 1988 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Raised in Humboldt, Saskatchewan While in high school, Theisen-Eaton took part in track and field, volleyball, and soccer. She found her niche in the track and field combined events and […]

Arthur Currie | Canadian Corps Commander

From: Strathroy, Ontario General Sir Arthur William Currie was one of the finest commanders in Canadian military history. He commanded the Canadian Corps during World War I, from June 1917 until its disbandment in late 1919. Born in 1875 at farm near Strathroy, Ontario Died in 1933 in Montreal, Quebec Canada Pays Tribute To Sir […]

Willa Cather | Writer

Lived: Grand Manan, New Brunswick Willa Sibert Cather was a writer who was awarded in 1923 the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours, a novel set during World War I. Born in 1873 in Gore, Virginia, United States Died in 1947 in Manhattan, New York, United States  Willa Cather established a reputation for giving breath […]

Glenn Howard | Curler

From: Tiny, Ontario Glenn William Howard is Four-time Canadian and World Curling Champion. 2019. Best Curling Shot by Glenn Howard:   Born in 1962 in Midland, Ontario Resident of Tiny Township, Ontario Howard is one of the most decorated curlers of all time. He has won: Four world championships, Four Briers, 15 Ontario provincial championships. […]

Jason Arnott | NHL All-Rookie Team

From: Wasaga Beach, Ontario Jason William Arnott is a veteran of 18 NHL seasons, a Stanley Cup champion, a 12-time 20-goal scorer – including three seasons when he scored over 30 goals. Born in 1974 in Collingwood, Ontario Raised in Wasaga Beach, Ontario Jason Arnott was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1993. He […]

Hiram Capron | Paris Founder

From: Paris, Ontario Hiram Capron was the founder of the town of Paris in Ontario. An immigrant from the United States, he purchased large plots of land by the Grand River and Nith River.  Born in 1796 in Leicester, Vermont Died in 1872 in Paris, Ontario Hiram Capron immigrated to Norfolk County in 1822 and […]

Henry Wolsey Bayfield | Great Lakes Surveyor

From: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield was a British naval officer and surveyor of lakes Ontario, Superior, Erie and Huron. Born in 1795 in Kingston-upon-Hull, England Died in 1885 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island At age 11, Bayfield joined the Royal Navy. In the 1816 Henry Bayfield assisted Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen […]

Joni Mitchell | Songwriter

From: Fort Macleod, Alberta Roberta Joan “Joni” Mitchell is a singer-songwriter and painter. Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever”. Born in 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta Joni Mitchell, responsible for hits such as Both Sides Now and Big Yellow Taxi, is widely considered 1960s and ’70s folk royalty. 1970. Both Sides […]

Peter Wintonick | Documentary Filmmaker

From: Trenton, Ontario Peter Wintonick is one of Canada’s best known documentarians.   Born in 1953 in Trenton, Ontario Died in 2013 in Montreal, Quebec Involved in more than 100 films and media projects, Peter Wintonick was best known for Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992). 2013. Noam Chomsky about Peter Wintonick:   […]

Myriam Bédard | Olympic Champion

From: L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec Myriam Bédard is a biathlete. She represented Canada at two Winter Olympics winning gold medals, and a bronze medal. Born in 1969 in L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec 1994. Myriam Bedard Returns Home Triumphant   Bédard took up biathlon at the age of 15 and entered her first competition the next year using rented skis. […]

Alan Doyle | Great Big Sea Frontman

From: Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador Alan Thomas Doyle is a musician and actor, the lead singers of the iconic folk-rock band Great Big Sea. Born in 1969 in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador  Alan Doyle in his home town Petty Harbour: When Alan Doyle studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, he met […]

Andrew Ford | Zootopia Animator

From: Humboldt, Saskatchewan Andrew Ford started working for Disney in 2015 when he was hired to do character animation for Zootopia, the Oscar winner for the best animated feature. Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan Ford started his career by working for Electronic Arts with the Need For Speed video games but decided he wanted to go […]

Gordon Pinsent | Icon Actor

From: Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador Gordon Edward Pinsent is star of stage, screen, television, and radio.  Born in 1930 in Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador Gordon Pinsent is an icon to audiences across Canada. Newfoundland settings and characters are important in Gordon Pinsent’s writings. Responsible for many of his own best roles, Pinsent wrote […]

Rosie MacLennan | Trampoline Champion

From: King, Ontario Rosannagh “Rosie” MacLennan is a World and Olympic Trampoline champion. Born in 1988 in King, Ontario At age 11, Rosie began competing internationally and was the Canadian National Women’s Champion three times. MacLennan was Canada’s flagbearer in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Achievements: 2013 World Trampoline champion, 2012 and […]

Allan Hawco | ‘Jake Doyle’

From: Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador Allan Hawco is an actor and producer, best known for his roles in the series Republic of Doyle, ZOS: Zone of Separation and The Book of Negroes, and the television films H2O and The Trojan Horse. Born in 1977 in Bell Island, Newfoundland Grew up in Goulds, Newfoundland and Labrador Hawco […]

Farley Mowat | Writer, Environmentalist

From: Port Hope, Ontario Farley McGill Mowat is one of Canada’s most widely read authors. His works were translated into 52 languages, and he sold more than 17 million books. Born in 1921 in Belleville, Ontario Resting place – Port Hope, Ontario Lived in Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador Died in 2014 in Cobourg, Ontario Farley Mowat […]

Wallace McCain | McCain Foods Limited Founder

From: Florenceville, New Brunswick G. Wallace F. McCain was a co-founder of the frozen foods empire McCain Foods Limited with his brother Harrison McCain. Born in 1930 in Florenceville, New Brunswick Died in 2011 in Toronto, Ontario In 2015, with an estimated net worth of $US 3.55 billion, McCain was ranked by Forbes as the […]

Hayley Wickenheiser | Five-time Olympic medalist

From: Shaunavon, Saskatchewan Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. Born in 1978 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan Hayley Wickenheiser was the first woman to play full-time professional hockey in a position other than goalie. Wickenheiser was a member of Canada women’s national ice hockey team for 23 years, […]

Leonard Cohen | Iconic Singer

From: Westmount, Quebec Leonard Norman Cohen is a legendary singer, poet, songwriter and artist.    Born in 1934 in a suburb of Montreal, Westmount, Quebec Died in 2016 in Los Angeles, California Singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, painter… Leonard Cohen was known for his poetic lyrics, iconic songs and baritone voice. An early writer and […]

Bobby Orr | Hockey Defenseman

From: Parry Sound, Ontario Robert Gordon “Bobby” Orr is one of the greatest hockey players of all time. Orr used his ice skating speed, scoring, and play-making abilities to revolutionize the position of defenseman. Born in 1948 in Parry Sound, Ontario In his first NHL game, against the Detroit Red Wings and Gordie Howe, 18-year-old […]

Alexander Graham Bell | Telephone Inventor

First town in Canada: Paris, Ontario Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone. Bell’s voice:   Born in 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland Lived in: Paris, Ontario Brantford, Ontario Died in 1922 in Beinn Bhreagh, Baddeck, Nova Scotia On August 10, 1876, the world’s […]

Robert-Ralph Carmichael | Loonie Creator

From: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Echo Bay, Ontario Robert-Ralph Carmichael was an artist who designed the image of the common loon on the reverse side of the Canadian one-dollar coin. Born in 1937 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Died in 2016 in Sault Ste. Marie The one-dollar coin takes its name, loonie, from the image […]

Paul Triquet | Victoria Cross Recipient

From: Cabano, Quebec Brigadier-General Paul Triquet was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for valour “in the face of the enemy”.   Born in 1910 in Cabano, Quebec Died in 1980 in Quebec City, Quebec Paul Triquet was 33 years old, and a captain in the Royal 22e Régiment, Canadian Army, […]

Tanya Tagaq | Throat Singer

From: Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Inuit throat singer and artist Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album in 2014, for Animism. Born in 1975 in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut Tanya Tagaq explains the sounds of throat singing:   Tagaq studied visual arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and while there […]

Sidney Crosby | Hockey Player

From: Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia Sidney Patrick Crosby is one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history. Born in 1987 in Halifax hospital, Nova Scotia Grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia   ‘Sid the Kid’ has won Stanley Cup twice with Penguins, two Olympic gold medals, World Cup with Canada. August 7, 2009. […]

Jonny Harris | Comedian

From: Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Jonathan “Jonny” Harris is an actor and comedian, best known for Murdoch Mysteries and Still Standing on CBC.    Born in 1975 in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador Jonny Harris has appeared regularly at The Halifax Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, CBC Radio’s Madly Off in All Directions […]

Roman Kroitor | IMAX Founder

From: Yorkton, Saskatchewan Roman Kroitor was a filmmaker known as a co-founder of IMAX, and as creator of the Sandde hand-drawn stereoscopic animation system. Born in 1926 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan Died in 2012 in Quebec Roman Kroitor was a brilliant technical innovator who pioneered new cinematographic approaches for decades. Roman studied philosophy and psychology at […]

James Cameron | Avatar Director

From: Kapuskasing, Ontario Chippawa, Ontario James Francis “Jim” Cameron is a filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. Born in 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario Grew up in Chippawa, Ontario Cameron moved to California when he was 17. Working as a truck driver for a bit, Cameron decided to quit that job to […]

Norman Bethune | Hero of China

From: Gravenhurst, Ontario Dr. Norman Bethune’s statues and photo-graphs of him can be found everywhere in China. More than 250 schools, hospitals and museums have been dedicated to him. Elementary school children read about him in their textbooks. In fact, his name is known more in China than in Canada. Born in 1890 in Gravenhurst, […]

Red Kelly | Hockey Player

From: Simcoe, Ontario Leonard Patrick “Red” Kelly is one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history. Born in 1927 in Simcoe, Ontario Red Kelly is an ice hockey player and coach in the NHL who played on more Stanley Cup winning teams (eight) than any player who never played for the Montreal Canadiens. On […]

Avril Lavigne | Singer

From: Napanee, Ontario Since her sensational debut in 2002, Avril Ramona Lavigne has remained one of the world’s top pop icons. Avril Lavigne. O Canada   Born in 1984 in Belleville, Ontario Lived in Napanee, Ontario By the age of 15, Avril had appeared on stage with Shania Twain. By 16, she had signed a two-album […]

W. Brett Wilson | Dragons’ Den Panelist

From: North Battleford, Saskatchewan William Brett Wilson is an investment banker, businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is a season 3 panellist on CBC Television’s Dragons’ Den. Born in 1957 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan The Calgary-based entrepreneur is co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital Corp (1993) — one of the energy industry’s leading investment banks.   He is […]

Billy Bishop | Flying Ace

From: Owen Sound, Ontario Air Marshal William Avery “Billy” Bishop was the top-scoring Canadian and Imperial ace of the World War 1, credited with 72 victories Born in 1894 in Owen Sound, Ontario Died in 1956 in West Palm Beach, Florida 72 victories made Billy the top Canadian ace of the war. During the World […]

Jim Balsillie | CEO of RIM

From: Seaforth, Ontario James Laurence “Jim” Balsillie is a businessman, philanthropist and former co-CEO of the Research In Motion (RIM, ‘BlackBerry’). Born in 1961 in Seaforth, Ontario Residence: Guelph, Ontario In 1992, James became Chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion, the wireless technology firm that revolutionized the communications industry with the development of the […]

John Patch | Screw Propeller Inventor

From: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia John Patch was a sailor and fisherman who invented one of the first versions of the screw propeller. Born in 1781 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Died in 1861 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia One day, while watching a small boat being manoeuvered with a single oar, John Patch came up with the […]

Jim Carrey | Comedian

From: Newmarket, Ontario Aldershot, Ontario James Eugene “Jim” Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his highly energetic slapstick performances. Born in 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario Lived in Aldershot, Ontario   As the guy who gave life to talking asses (in the Ace Ventura films), skirt-chasing crazies in […]

Rita MacNeil | Singer

From: Big Pond, Nova Scotia Rita MacNeil was one of Canada’s most beloved country and folk singers from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. Born in 1944 in Big Pond, Nova Scotia Died in 2013 in Sydney, Nova Scotia At the age of 42, Rita MacNeil was invited to sing […]

Sir William Osler | Father of Modern Medicine

From: Bond Head, Ontario Sir William Osler was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Born in 1849 in Bond Head, Canada West Died in 1919 in Oxford, England, UK “To study medicine without books is to sail an uncharted sea; while to study medicine only from books […]

Tim Horton | Tim Hortons Co-founder

From: Cochrane, Ontario Miles Gilbert “Tim” Horton was a professional ice hockey player, a defenceman for 24 seasons in the National Hockey League. Born in 1930 in Cochrane, Ontario Died in 1974 in St. Catharines, Ontario Horton was one of the best defenseman from the National Hockey League’s Original Six Era and spent the majority […]

Margaret Atwood | Writer

Lived: Alliston, Ontario Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. Born in 1939 in Ottawa. Lived in Alliston, Ontario from 1973-1980 Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her latest book of short stories is Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). […]

Joey Smallwood | 1st Premier of Newfoundland

From: Gambo, Newfoundland Joseph Roberts “Joey” Smallwood was the main force that brought the Dominion of Newfoundland into the Canadian confederation in 1949 Born in 1900 in Gambo, Newfoundland In office 1949 – 1972 Died in 1991 in St. John’s, Newfoundland Joey Smallwood: To be Canadian   Joey Smallwood became the first Premier of Newfoundland […]

Justin Bieber | Singer

From: Stratford, Ontario Justin Drew Bieber was discovered by a talent manager through his YouTube video covering songs in 2008. Born in 1994 in London, Ontario Grew up in Stratford, Ontario 2007, Stratford, outside the Avon Theatre:  The same place, five years later:   In 2007, aged 12, Bieber sang Ne-Yo’s “So Sick” for a […]

Calixa Lavallée | O Canada Author

From: Verchères, Quebec Calixa Lavallée is best known for composing the music for O Canada. It officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1967. The modern version became official with an Act of Parliament in 1980.   Born in 1842 in Verchères, Quebec Died in 1891 in Boston, Massachusetts Lavallée began his musical education with […]

Donald Hings | Walkie-Talkie Inventor

Worked in Trail, British Columbia Donald L. Hings, an engineer and inventor, equipped the Canadian and British military with an early version of the portable two-way wireless radio (walkie-talkie) during the Second World War. Born in 1907 in Leicester, England Resided and worked in Trail, British Columbia  Died in 2004 in Burnaby, British Columbia Born […]

Bruce Ridpath | 1911 Stanley Cup Champion

From: Lakefield (Selwyn now), Ontario David Bruce Ridpath was a professional ice hockey player and general manager. Born in 1884 in Lakefield, Ontario Died in 1925 in Toronto David Ridpath was a member of the 1911 Stanley Cup champion Ottawa Senators. Ridpath was on his way to a glorious hockey legacy before tragedy struck. On […]

Ryan Gosling | Oscar Nominee

From: London, Ontario Cornwall, Ontario Burlington, Ontario Ryan Gosling was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his work in La La Land. Born in 1980 in London, Ontario Because of his father’s work, the family moved around a lot. Gosling lived in Cornwall, Ontario, and Burlington, Ontario. Young Ryan Gosling gives a tour […]

Tom Thomson | Artist

From: Claremont, Ontario Thomas John “Tom” Thomson was an influential artist of the early 20th century. Born in 1877 in Claremont, Ontario Died in 1917 in Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park, Ontario The West Wind, winter 1916-1917 “It may interest you to know that the “West Wind’ was done at Lake Cauchon. Thomson, myself, Lorne (sic) […]

Emily Stowe | 1st Female Doctor

From: Norwich, Ontario Dr. Emily Howard Stowe was the first female doctor to practice in Canada and an activist for women’s rights and suffrage. Born in 1831 in Norwich Township, Oxford County, Ontario Died in 1903 in Muskoka, Ontario No Canadian college would accept a woman student, so she enrolled at the New York Medical College […]

George-Étienne Cartier | Father of Confederation

From: Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec Sir George-Étienne Cartier, 1st Baronet, was a lawyer, rebel, railway promoter, statesman and one of the Fathers of Confederation. Born in 1814 in Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Lower Canada Died in 1873 in London, England “[Cartier] was as bold as a lion. He was just the man I wanted. But for him, Confederation could not […]

Alice Munro | Nobel Laureate

From:  Wingham, Ontario Clinton, Ontario Alice Ann Munro is a short story writer and Nobel Prize winner. Born in 1931 in Wingham, Ontario Lives in Clinton, Ontario Alice attended the University of Western Ontario where she studied English and published her first short story in the university’s literary magazine. Her first book of short stories […]

James Naismith | Basketball Inventor

From: Almonte, Ontario James Naismith was a physical educator, physician, chaplain, sports coach and innovator. He invented the game of basketball at age 30 in 1891. Born in 1861 in Almonte, Ontario Died in 1939 in Lawrence, Kansas, USA Naismith studied physical education at McGill University in Montreal. He wrote the original basketball rule book […]

Donald Sutherland | Actor

Grew up: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Donald McNichol Sutherland is one of the most respected, prolific and versatile character actors of Canada. Born in 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick Teenage years spent in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Residence – Georgeville, Quebec. Sutherland grew up in the town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, where he also graduated from […]

Ace Bailey | Hockey Player

From: Bracebridge, Ontario Irvine Wallace “Ace” Bailey was a professional hockey player. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1926-1933.   Born in 1903 in Bracebridge, Ontario. Died in 1992 in Toronto, Ontario. Bailey‘s career came to an abrupt end on December 12, 1933, when he was hit from behind by Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins. It […]

Diana Krall | Jazz Singer

From: Nanaimo, British Columbia Diana Jean Krall is a jazz pianist and singer, known for her contralto vocals. Born in 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia Diana Krall has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debuting at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums. She […]

Frederick Banting | Insulin Co-discoverer

From: Alliston, Ontario Sir Frederick Grant Banting is a Nobel Laureate noted as co-discoverer of insulin and its therapeutic potential. Born in 1891 in Alliston, Ontario. Died in 1941 near Musgrave Harbour, Dominion of Newfoundland. In 1920 Frederick Banting wrote down an idea for research aimed at isolating an internal secretion of the pancreas that might prove […]

Ron Joyce | Tim Hortons Co-Founder

From: Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia Ronald V. Joyce is best known as the entrepreneur who, in 1964, invested in the first Tim Hortons donut shop in Hamilton, Ontario and then grew the business into one of the most successful food service chains in the world.  Born in 1930 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia Joyce established a Dairy […]

Wilfrid Laurier | 7th Prime Minister of Canada

From: Saint-Lin–Laurentides, Quebec Sir Henri Charles Wilfrid Laurier, lawyer, journalist, politician, was the seventh Prime Minister of Canada, in office from 11 July 1896, to 6 October 1911. Born in 1841 in Saint-Lin, Canada East (now Saint-Lin–Laurentides, Quebec) Died in 1919 in Ottawa. As leader of the Liberal Party 1887–1919 and prime minister 1896–1911, Laurier was the […]

Margaret Marshall Saunders | Children’s Writer

From Berwick, Nova Scotia Margaret Marshall Saunders was a prolific writer of children’s stories and romance novels, a lecturer, and an animal rights advocate. She is known throughout the world for her novel Beautiful Joe, the story of an abused dog. Beautiful Joe was published in 1894. It has been translated into many languages. It […]

K. C. Irving | Industrialist

From: Bouctouche, New Brunswick Kenneth Colin Irving, also known as K. C. Irving was one of Canada’s foremost entrepreneurs of the 20th century. He ranked as one of the world’s leading industrialists. Born in 1899 in Bouctouche, New Brunswick. Died in 1992 in Saint John, New Brunswick K.C. Irving’s business began with a family sawmill […]

Marie-Philip Poulin | Olympic Champion

From: Beauceville, Quebec Marie-Philip Poulin-Nadeau is an ice hockey forward. Poulin as a member of the Canada women’s national ice hockey team won: the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi.   Born in 1991 in Beauceville, Quebec. In 2010 she had been the youngest member of […]

Evangeline Lilly | Actress

From: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta Nicole Evangeline Lilly is an actress and author. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Kate Austen in the ABC series Lost (2004–10). Born in 1979 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Evangeline Lilly won a Screen Actors Guild Award. She is also best known for her roles: Tauriel in […]

Joseph-Armand Bombardier | Snowmobile Inventor

From: Valcourt, Quebec Joseph-Armand Bombardier was a French-Canadian inventor and businessman, the founder of Bombardier. His most famous invention was the snowmobile. Born in 1907 in Valcourt, Quebec. Died in 1964 in Sherbrooke, Quebeck. Joseph-Armand Bombardier built his first “snow vehicle” at the ripe age of 15. He wanted to help people travel across the […]

Stephen Leacock | Humorist

From: Sutton, Ontario Orillia, Ontario Stephen P. H Butler Leacock was the best-known English-speaking humorist in the world between the years 1915 and 1925. Born in 1869 in Swanmoow, Isle of Wight, England Grew up in Sutton, Ontario Summer estate in Orillia, Ontario Died in 1944 in Toronto   Leacock’s two masterpieces are Sunshine Sketches […]

Joseph Boyd Martin | Dean of Harvard Medical School

From: Bassano, Alberta Joseph Boyd Martin, M.D., Ph.D., Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor of Neurobiology. Served as Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine from 1997 to 2007. Born in 1938 in Bassano, Alberta Dr. Martin received his premedical and medical education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, earning the M.D. degree in […]

Bobby Clarke | Hockey Player

From: Flin Flon, Manitoba Robert Earle Clarke is widely acknowledged as being one of the greatest hockey players and captains of all time. Born in 1949 in Flin Flon, Manitoba Played 15 NHL seasons from 1969 to 1984 Bobby Clarke vs Valeri Kharlamov. 1972 Summit Series Game 6 Bobby Clarke began to play for his home […]

William Wallace Gibson | Airplane Inventor

Resided: Balgonie, Saskatchewan William Wallace Gibson created the first Canadian-built airplane. Born in 1876 at Dalmellington, Scotland. Resided: Balgonie, Saskatchewan Died in 1965 at San Francisco, California. William Wallace Gibson successfully flew his airplane in September 1910 near Victoria, BC. Before that the first aeroplane engine was built in Balgonie, Saskatchewan, in 1905. The engine […]

Franklin Carmichael | Group of Seven

From: Orillia, Ontario Franklin Carmichael was a Canadian artist, the youngest original member of the Group of Seven. Born: 1890, Orillia, Ontario Died: 1945, Toronto, Ontario Despite being the youngest in the group, Franklin was president of The Group of Seven from 1932 to 1934.  In 1925 he founded the Ontario Society for Painters in […]

Celine Dion | Singer

From: Charlemagne, Quebec Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers.  Eurovision 1998 Born in 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec Resides in Henderson, Nevada Céline Marie Claudette Dion was the 14th child of Thérèse Tanguay and Adhémar Dion. Dion first gained international recognition in the 1980s […]

Earl Thomson | Olympic Champion

From: Birch Hills, Saskatchewan Earl John “Tommy” Thomson was an athlete, a specialist in the high hurdles; the first Olympic gold medalist in 110 m hurdles from outside the USA. Watch unique video Born in 1895 in Birch Hill, Saskatchewan. Died in 1971 in Annapolis. As the first Olympic Games after World War I, the […]

Willard Boyle | Nobel Laureate

FROM:  Amherst, Nova Scotia Truro, Nova Scotia “An electronic eye” co-inventor, Willard Boyle was Canadian physicist, Nobel laureate (2009). Born in 1927 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Died in 2011 in Truro, Nova Scotia. In 1969 Willard Boyle and George Smith, while working in Bell Laboratories, designed the first Charge Coupled Device (CCD). The CCD has […]

Canada 150

  In the first day of New 2017 Year, the year of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, 1000 Towns of Canada presents Humans of Small Towns project. Every town is proud of notable citizens. We are proud to bring local communities together in our new project. During the year-long celebration, we will tell you about the most notable […]