JR Shaw

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James Robert "JR" Shaw, OC, AOE (born August 14, 1934) is a Canadian businessman. He is the executive chairman of Shaw Communications.

JR Shaw was born in Brigden, Ontario, the son of Lottie and Francis Shaw, and was raised on his family's farm. He moved to Edmonton in 1961. He is the father of Jim Shaw, former chief executive officer of Shaw Communications. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Michigan State University. He has received several honorary degrees, including ones from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.[citation needed]

In 2002, JR legally changes his name from James Robert Shaw to JR Shaw.[1]

In 2003, JR Shaw was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2008, he was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence.[citation needed]

He also currently sits on the board of directors of Suncor Energy.


  1. ^ "Shaw Family - The Canadian Encyclopedia". The Canadian Encyclopedia.