Ian David Sinclair

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The Hon.
Ian David Sinclair
Senator for Halton, Ontario
In office
Appointed by Pierre Trudeau
Personal details
Born (1913-12-27)December 27, 1913
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died April 7, 2006(2006-04-07) (aged 92)
Political party Liberal
Committees Chair, Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (1986-1988)

Ian David Sinclair, OC QC (December 27, 1913 – April 7, 2006) was a Canadian lawyer, businessman, and Senator.

He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1937 from the University of Manitoba, as well as a Bachelor of Law degree from the Manitoba Law School in 1941. Sinclair was then called to Bar of Manitoba in 1941. From 1942 to 1943, he was a lecturer in Torts at the University of Manitoba.

In 1942, he started at Canadian Pacific Ltd., in the law department as an assistant solicitor and eventually rose to become President and CEO in 1969. He was also Chairman and CEO from 1972 to 1981.

In 1983, he was summoned to the Senate of Canada representing the senatorial division of Halton, Ontario. A Liberal, he retired on September 27, 1988.

In 1979, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contribution to the commercial development of Canada".[1] He was also inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

He and his wife Ruth had four children.

In the late 1970s, he was the subject of a television documentary called "Best Job in Canada". In that program he disclosed that his weekly salary was $10,700. One of his more colourful quotes was "I don't have heart attacks, I give them."


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Business positions
Preceded by
Robert A. "Bob" Emerson
President of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
Succeeded by
Fred Burbidge