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Perrin Beatty

Perrin Beatty, BA’71, LLD ’13, is President and CEO of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. He also held a similar role with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME). Perrin was elected to the House of Commons in 1972, and spent 21 years in Parliament, serving as Minister in seven different portfolios, including Treasury Board, National Revenue, Solicitor General, Defence, National Health and Welfare, Communications and External Affairs.

A graduate of Western University in 1971, he was an Honorary Visiting Professor at the School’s Department of Political Science. From 1995-1999, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Perrin serves on the Board of Directors of Mitsui Canada, and received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Western in 2013. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2018.

Perrin Beatty

Perrin Beatty

President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce