Fredrik Stefan Eaton

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Fredrik Stefan Eaton, OC, O.Ont (born June 26, 1938) is a Canadian businessman, diplomat and the great-grandson of Eaton's department store founder Timothy Eaton.

He was born in Toronto to John David Eaton and Signy Steffanson Eaton, and was raised in Forest Hill. In 1962, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick and started working as salesman at Eaton's in British Columbia. From 1977 to 1988, he was the chairman, president and CEO of Eaton's. He served as Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1991 to 1994. In 1993, he was appointed Chancellor of the University of New Brunswick and served for two terms of five years.

Fredrik has been recognized as being the most intelligent and capable of the Eaton brothers[citation needed]- John Craig Eaton, George Ross Eaton, and Thor Edgar Eaton. Fred lives in a townhouse in Toronto, and has a country estate in Caledon, Ontario, a cottage on Georgian Bay, and a winter house in Florida. He is married to Catherine "Nicky" Eaton, and has two children: Fredrik D'Arcy Eaton, who lives in Toronto and head of the The Catherine and Fredrik Eaton Charitable Foundation, and Flora Catherine Eaton Coakley, who lives in New York. Fredrik is one of the most public members of the Eaton Family, and he attends social events and endows many institutions philanthropically.

In 1990, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for having "contributed to many aspects of Canadian life. Through his leadership in a variety of organizations, in fields as diverse as those of business, education, nature, health care and the arts, he is continuing his family's tradition of exemplary service to the public."[1] In 2001, he was awarded the Order of Ontario for his "contributions in numerous areas including health care and the arts."[2]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Donald Stovel Macdonald
Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Royce Frith