John Craig Eaton,
KStJ, O. Ont, D.Com
National Chair, Canadian Forces Liaison Council
Chairman of the Board
Eaton's of Canada, Inc.
Suite 260 - 55 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7
As a well recognized philanthropist, John Craig Eaton is best known for his personal commitment and contribution of time and resources to any organization with which he is involved. Where others may lend their name, Mr. Eaton also gives extensively of his time and energy.
In 1986 Mr. Eaton was appointed Ontario Co-Chairman of the National Employer Support Committee. In 1989 he assumed the position of National Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) and as Chair of the Advisory Board continues to direct its growth and development as it has come to be recognized globally as an outstanding model for employer support for the Reserves. Mr. Eaton has managed to attract many of Canada's most prominent citizens to also donate their time and energy towards volunteering with CFLC and the support of the Reserves. In 2003, Mr. Eaton was the first Chair, International Conference on Employer Support for the Reserves.
Mr. Eaton's work with the Reserve Forces of the Canadian Forces as Honorary Colonel of 400 Squadron (City of Toronto) and Negaune (Honorary LColonel) 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group has helped him to understand the vital role Reservists play in Canada's military and the breadth of skills they bring to civilian employers.
In recognition of his volunteer service to the Canadian Forces, he received the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award.
Mr. Eaton is noted for his extensive and active involvement. He holds a range of other directorships including Board of Trustees, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church; Founding Honorary Chair, Hearing Foundation of Canada; Member of the Institute of Child Study's Advisory Board; Honorary Trustee, Upper Canada College Foundation; Honorary Director, Ducks Unlimited Canada; Trustee of The John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation.
Other community involvement has included Chancellor of Ryerson University from 1999 to 2006, and at the end of his term was awarded the title Chancellor Emeritus; Chair, Ontario Parks Board of Governors; Founding Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation; Chair and President, Ducks Unlimited Canada; Director, The Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club; Honorary Director, Air Cadet League of Canada; Governor, Canadian Olympic Foundation; President, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair; Chair, Upper Canada College; Chair, The Salvation Army Metro Toronto Advisory Council; Governor, York University; National Chair, The Charlie Conacher Cancer Research Fund; Honorary Chair, The Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre; President, National Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Eaton has been the recipient of many awards including the Order of Ontario; Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; 2006 Outstanding Volunteer Award; Doctor of Commerce, honoris causa, Ryerson University (D.Com.)
Mr. Eaton is Chairman of the Board, Eaton's of Canada Inc. and Chairman, Sky Blue Marlin Corp. Mr. Eaton was educated at Upper Canada College and Harvard University.