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John W. McConnell

Born in 1877 to poor Irish immigrants, he began work as a delivery boy at age 14. He later launched his own business ventures, gaining major interests in the Montreal Street Railway and St. Lawrence Sugar Refineries, and later became owner and publisher of the Montreal Star. As his means grew, so did his dedication to philanthropy, culminating in the establishment of the J.W. McConnell Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians. By nature quiet and modest, John W. McConnell was a luminous figure in the building of Canada.

Recognized by
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

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