David Culver

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David Culver
David Michael Culver

(1924-12-05)December 5, 1924
DiedFebruary 6, 2017(2017-02-06) (aged 92)
Alma mater

David Michael Culver, CC OQ (December 5, 1924 – February 6, 2017) was a Canadian businessman and former Chairman and CEO of Alcan Aluminum Limited, from 1979 to 1989.

Early life[edit]

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Culver attended Selwyn House School, received a Bachelor of Science from McGill University in 1947, an MBA from Harvard University, and a Certificate from the Centre d'Études Industrielles in Geneva.


Culver began working at Alcan in 1949, eventually rising to CEO in 1979. From 1986 to 1989 he was Chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

In 1989, he became a founding partner of CAI Private Equity, a firm specializing in leveraged buyouts, restructurings, acquisitions, and recapitalizations. He was a co-founder and Canadian Chairman for 11 years of the Canada-Japan Business Committee. He was the chairman of iLiv Technologies Inc. (iLiv.com). He was a member of the Augusta National Golf Club.

Culver was the author, with Alan Freeman, of "Expect Miracles: Recollections of a Lucky Life" (McGIll-Queen's University Press 2014).

In 1983 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1988.[1] In 1990 he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. He also joined the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Grand Cordon, of Japan.[2] Additionally, in 1990 he was awarded Concordia University's John Molson School of Business Award of Distinction.


Culver died on February 6, 2017, aged 92.[3]


  1. ^ Office of the Governor General of Canada. Order of Canada citation. Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 26 May 2010
  2. ^ L'Harmattan web site (in French)
  3. ^ "Former Alcan CEO David Culver dies at age 92". Montreal Gazette. February 6, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2017.