Businessman and philanthropist Galen Weston receives honorary degree from York University


TORONTO, June 22, 2018 ─ Galen G. Weston, the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of George Weston Limited, and Loblaw Companies Limited, received an honorary doctor of laws degree from York University today during Spring Convocation for the Schulich School of Business.

Weston is the fourth generation to lead the family business.  Founded in 1882, George Weston Limited has grown to include manufacturing of fresh and frozen food products through its Weston Foods division, as well as supermarket and pharmacy retailing, fashion, financial services and real estate through its holdings in Loblaw Companies Limited.

As a proponent of a sustainable and values-based approach to business, Weston regularly advocates for long-term thinking, most recently in authoring the chapter “Family Firms and ‘Patient Capital’: Thinking in Decades, not Quarters,” which was published in Re-imagining Capitalism (Oxford University Press).

A dedicated philanthropist, he is President of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the foundation has given more than $400 million to education, the arts, human microbiome and neurological health, land conservation, and science in Canada’s North.

With a long-standing relationship to York University, Weston has served as a member of the Schulich School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and is an adviser to the school’s Global Retail Management program.

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