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Canada's Entrepreneurs: From The Fur Trade to the 1929 Stock Market Crash: Portraits from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Canada's Entrepreneurs: From The Fur Trade to the 1929 Stock Market Crash: Portraits from the Dictionary of Canadian Biography

by Andrew Ross, Andrew Smith

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Molson. Redpath. Desjardins. Labatt. Massey. Eaton. These names are as much a part of our national identity as our hockey teams and our literature, but few of us know much about the people behind them - the individuals who have energized this country's economic life for over four centuries, and whose entrepreneurialism has shaped the face of Canadian business as we know it.

This captivating collection of biographies profiles Canada's most prominent and innovative business people from the early 1600s through the first quarter of the twentieth century. Beginning with an accessible overview of the rise of entrepreneurialism in Canada, it features portraits of 61 individuals organized thematically. Here, readers will meet a variety of seminal characters: the merchants of the first trading posts and the commercial empire of the St. Lawrence; the industrialists of the Maritimes, Central Canada, and the West; the railway builders and urban developers; and everyone in between.

Bringing to the fore new Dictionary of Canadian Biography research on the rise of Canadian entrepreneurialism - one of the least explored yet most important themes in our history - this book showcases Canada's long-running tradition of business innovation and growth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442662544
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 11/23/2011
Series: Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

J. Andrew Ross is a postdoctoral fellow in the Historical Data Research Unit, University of Guelph, Ontario.

Andrew Smith is a Lecturer in International Business at the University of Liverpool Management School.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Notes on the Biographies

Section 1: Doing Business in the New World
John Guy (d. 1629)
Charles Aubert de La Chesnaye (1632-1702)
François Hazeur (d. 1708)
Charlotte-Françoise Juchereau de Saint-Denis, known as Comtesse de Saint-Laurent (Viennay-Pachot; Dauphin de La Forest) (d. 1732)
François Havy (d. 1766)
Marie-Anne Barbel (Fornel) (1704-93)
Joseph-Michel Cadet (1719-81)
Charles Robin (d. 1824)
Muquinna (d. 1795)

Section 2: The Commercial Empire of the St Lawrence after 1763
Louise de Ramezay (1705-76)
Aaron Hart (d. 1800)
Joshua Mauger (d. 1788)
François Baby (1733-1820)
George Allsopp (d. 1805)
Pierre Foretier (1738-1815)
James McGill (1744-1813)
Robert Hamilton (1753-1809)
John Molson (1763-1836)
John McLoughlin (1784-1857)

Section 3: Maritime Enterprise
Enos Collins (1774-1871)
Benjamin Bowring (d. 1846)
Sir Samuel Cunard (1787-1865)
James William Carmichael (1819-1903)
Robert Tinson Holman (1833-1906)
John Fitzwilliam Stairs (1848-1904)
Gilbert White Ganong (1851-1917)

Section 4: The Industrial Heartland
William Price (1789-1867)
John Redpath (1796-1869)
John Kinder Labatt (1803-66)
Isaac Buchanan (1810-83)
Theodor August Heintzman (1817-99)
James Miller Williams (1818-90)
Hart Almerrin Massey (1823-96)
William Notman (1826-91)
Louis-Adélard Senécal (1829-87)

Section 5: Railwaymen and Network Creators
Sir Hugh Allan (1810-82)
John Rudolphus Booth (1827-1925)
Sir Robert Gillespie Reid (1842-1908)
Sir William Cornelius Van Horne (1843-1915)
Sir Edward Seaborne Clouston (1849-1912)
Alphonse Desjardins (1854-1920)
Sir Adam Beck (1857-1925)

Section 6: Brand Names and Big Business
Timothy Eaton (1834-1907)
George Albertus Cox (1840-1914)
Sir John Morison Gibson (1842-1929)
Sir Byron Edmund Walker (1848-1924)
Wilmot Deloui Matthews (1850-1919)
Anson McKim (1855-1917)
Peter Charles Larkin (1855-1930)
Georges-Élie Amyot (1856-1930)
Sir Rodolphe Forget (1861-1919)
Gordon Morton McGregor (1873-1922)

Section 7: The West Booms
Fanny Bendixen (d. 1899)
Robert Dunsmuir (1825-89)
Francis Jones Barnard (1829-89)
François-Xavier Letendre, dit Batoche (d. 1901)
Rosetta Ernestine Watson (Carr) (1845-1907)
Ellen Cashman (d. 1925)
Chang Toy (1857-1921)
William Forbes Alloway (1852-1930)
William Edward Cochrane (1858-1929)

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Joe Martin

‘Canada has a rich, but unknown, history of entrepreneurship. This DCB publication fills an important gap in the literature of Canadian business history. We can only hope that the DCB will follow up with another publication on the managers of large Canadian corporations.’
Joe Martin, Director of Canadian Business History, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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