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David Culver

Great Montrealer
1988, economic category

Born in Winnipeg on December 5, 1924, David Culver holds a bachelor of science degree from McGill University. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a certificate from Geneva’s Centre d’études industrielles.

David Culver began his career at Alcan in 1949, stepping down from the company as its chairman and CEO after 40 years of service in July 1989. He is currently president of D. Culver & Co. Investments Inc.

David Culver was also on the boards of the American Express Company, Shearson Lehman Hutton Holdings Inc., American Cyanamid Company and the Seagram Company Ltd. He is a member of The International Council of J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc. in New York and special advisor to the Center of Canadian Studies at John Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (Washington, D.C.). He is a governor of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies (University of Pennsylvania) and an advisor to Pearson College. For 11 years, David Culver served as chair of the Canadian committee of the Canada–Japan Businessmen’s Co-operation Committee.

A leader in the worlds of culture and business in Montréal and Quebec, David Culver promotes the harmonious integration of business to art and architecture; he played a major role in the construction of a new head office for Alcan in Montréal. The Maison Alcan has had an influence on architectural thought and is an example for the city, skilfully combining the old and the new. David Culver’s tireless support for the cultural community has expressed itself in a number of ways; through Alcan seminars, he has been responsible for attracting internationally acclaimed architects every year to express their views and help educate the public about architecture and its history.

Over the years, David Culver has made his mark as an advisor on a variety of projects, including a science and technology centre in Montréal. In addition to playing a leading role in business in Canada and abroad, he has put our country on the map with American and Canadian universities. David Culver also served in the infantry of the Canadian Army during the Second World War.

David Culver is a Companion of the Order of Canada and Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure of Japan. He has received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from McGill University and York University and an honorary doctorate in applied science from Université de Sherbrooke.

David Culver was inducted into the Academy of Great Montrealers in the Economic category in 1988 and was named a Commander of the Ordre de Montréal in 2016.

Source : Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain, Ordre national du Québec

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