JR Shaw

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JR Shaw

James Robert Shaw

(1934-08-14) August 14, 1934 (age 85)
Alma materMichigan State University

JR Shaw[1] OC AOE (born James Robert Shaw, August 14, 1934) is a Canadian businessman. He founded then Edmonton-based Shaw Communications in 1966 and is the current executive chairman of the company.[2] As of 2016, Shaw and other members of his family control 85 percent of the Class A voting shares of Corus Entertainment, and 80 per cent of the class A voting shares of Shaw Communications.[2] Shaw also sits on the board of directors of Suncor Energy.

Personal life[edit]

JR Shaw was born in Brigden, Ontario, the son of Lottie and Francis Shaw, and was raised on his family's farm. He moved to Edmonton in 1961. He is the father of Jim, former chief executive officer of Shaw Communications, and Brad, current chief executive officer of Shaw Communications. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University. He has received several honorary degrees, including ones from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.[citation needed]

In 2002, Shaw legally changed his name from James Robert Shaw to JR Shaw.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Shaw Family – The Canadian Encyclopedia". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b Dobby, Christine (January 13, 2016). "Five things to know about the Corus-Shaw Media deal". The Globe and Mail.
  3. ^ "JR Shaw". Honours Recipients. Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "JR Shaw". The Alberta Order of Excellence. Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. Retrieved April 4, 2016.