Arthur Child

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Arthur Child
Born Arthur James Edward Child
(1910-05-19)May 19, 1910
Guildford, England
Died July 30, 1996(1996-07-30) (aged 86)
Calgary, Alberta
Occupation businessman
Awards Order of Canada

Arthur James Edward Child, OC (May 19, 1910 – July 30, 1996) was a Canadian businessman and former chairman and chief executive officer of Burns Foods Limited of Calgary. Arthur James Edward Child and his business partner Ron Jackson acquired the food processing and distribution company in a leveraged management buyout in 1986. With sales in excess of $1 billion, Burns Foods was involved in meat processing, dairy, food warehousing and distribution, and vegetable processing businesses. Over a 12-year period, Arthur James Edward Child and his management team built Burns Foods into a leading Canadian food company with over $1 billion in annual sales. Beginning in 1995, a majority of the Burns Foods’ subsidiaries were sold generating an exceptional return to the shareholders.

Born in Guildford, England, he earned a Bachelor of Commerce in 1931 from Queen's University. After working in the food industry, he received a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Toronto.

In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Child was a Reform member and on the board of the Canadian South African Society—a front group supporting apartheid and funded principally by the South African embassy in Ottawa. Child is the only Canadian to have received the apartheid regime's medal of honour [2].


[1] Canada West Foundation profile

[2] Murray Dobbin, 16 Dec 2013

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