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At Mount Allison:
ˇ Board of Regents Member: 19
ˇ Board of Regents Chair: 1985
ˇ Chancellor: 1995-2000
ˇ National Campaign Chair: Unive
rsitas Campaign
and Campaign for Mount Allison
ˇ Honorary Co-Chair: JUMP M
ount Allison
ˇ National Advisory Council: 20
ˇ Honorary Degree: 1991
ˇ Purdy Crawford Staff Award o
f Excellence:
Established 2007
ˇ Purdy Crawford Teaching C
Established 2002
ˇ Generous benefactor
ˇ Father of two Allisonians: Suza
nne ('79)
and Sarah ('95)
14 / Fall 2012 / RECORD
While most young men his age were focused on going to work,
Crawford knew that he would some day attend university. He
went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison, his
law degree from Dalhousie University, and his Master of Laws
from Harvard Law School.
"In law school I caught on to something that was for me," he says.
Crawford has gone on to build one of the most respected resumés
in Canadian business. He made recommendations for Ontario
securities law in his early 30s, which remain the standard today,
and after working his way up from practicing lawyer to a leader-
ship position at Osler, left law to become CEO of Imasco Ltd. -- a
move he calls pivotal in his career.
Just five years ago, at the age of 75, he was the lead negotiator for
the restructuring of asset-backed commercial paper investments.
"The restructuring was an illustration of my ability to relate to
people rather than great know-how," Crawford says modestly.
"People listened to me because they had confidence in me."
No matter where his career has taken him, Crawford's life has
remained deeply intertwined with his Maritime roots. He and his
wife "Bea" have a summer home in Five Islands, which is a popular
gathering spot for their six children and 17 grandchildren, and
they have given back to local landmarks like the church, the light-
house, the arena, and the volunteer fire hall.
His connection with the Maritimes, however, is most evident in
his relationships -- many of which were forged at Mount Allison
as a student and during his years of service as a fund raiser, board
member, and chancellor.
Over the years Crawford became a trusted adviser to the late
Wallace McCain ('52), co-founder of McCain Foods, whom he
met at Mount Allison, along with Wallace's wife Margaret
(Norrie) McCain ('54).
"It wasn't as much mentoring as we know it now, it was just devel-
oping relationships," he says.
He has extended that relationship to the next generation by
mentoring Wallace and Margaret's son, Maple Leaf Foods CEO
Michael McCain.
Margaret says, "Purdy is one of the kindest, wisest, most unselfish
human beings I know. To our family he has been an adviser,
mentor, partner, and friend."
President and co-CEO of Oxford Frozen Foods, founder of Bragg
Communications (now Eastlink), and former Mount Allison
chancellor John Bragg (`62) says Crawford has been a tremendous
help to him in his career.
(L-R) The late Wallace McCain, Purdy Crawford, David Sobey, Julie McKenna, Frank McKenna, Sheila Martin, Fay Sobey, John Bragg,
Judy Bragg, Margaret McCain, Paul Martin, and Bea Crawford