Leonard G. Lee, CM is a Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Lee Valley Tools and Canica Design. Born in 1938, near the hamlet of Algrove in central, rural Saskatchewan, he grew up in a log cabin without electricity or running water.
He received a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Royal Roads Military College and a Bachelor of Economics degree in 1963 from Queen's University. He worked for the federal government for sixteen years as a topographical surveyor, member of the Canadian Foreign Service and civil servant in the Department of Industry. In 1978, he founded Lee Valley Tools Ltd., a Canadian woodworking and gardening tools mail-order business which has since grown into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. In 1985 he founded Veritas Tools. In 1991 he founded Algrove Publishing. With his son Robin now running Lee Valley Tools, Lee has started a new business, Canica Design, a medical/surgical instrument company, headquartered in Almonte, Ontario.
In 2002, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada for "being a successful entrepreneur". In 2007, he was granted an honorary degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In 2011 he was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa.
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- Order of Canada
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