John Bragg (businessman)
|John L. Bragg
May 3, 1940 |
Springhill, Nova Scotia
Early life and education
The Bragg family has called Nova Scotia home for 180 years. John was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from Mount Allison University.
He is the Chairman, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Frozen Foods Limited, a food manufacturer which he founded in 1968 and operates the largest fruit farm in the world, with over 12,000 acres (49 km²) of wild blueberries. He also founded a cable television company in the 1970s which became known as Bragg Communications and was subsequently expanded to become EastLink.
Bragg built his first blueberry-processing factory in 1968, and the business is still experiencing double-digit growth today. In 2015, Bragg opened a new facility in Saint-Isidore, New Brunswick, that is considered to the “the most modern blueberry processing facility in the world.” It can process up to 1.5 million pounds of blueberries per day.
He was ranked No. 86 in Canadian Business's list of Canada's richest people in 2017.
Bragg and his business empire were the subject of a lengthy interview/profile in the Globe and Mail, which observed that "Beneath the veneer of the rural blueberry baron, there is one tough, risk-taking tycoon with an ardour for growth, game-changing technology, and debt financing." 
He and wife Judy have four children: Lee, Matthew, Carolyn and Patricia, all of whom have worked or now work in the business.
- "Canada's Richest People: John Bragg". Canadian Business. December 24, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- "About Oxford Frozen Foods". Retrieved May 29, 2006.
- "TD Bank Financial Group - Corporate Directors". Retrieved May 29, 2006.
- Order of Canada citation
- "House of Commons Hansard". Archived from the original on April 21, 2005. Retrieved May 29, 2006.
- "Blueberry and fibre optic tycoon John Bragg: The Oracle of Oxford, N.S.". Toronto Globe and Mail. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
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