Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to a great Canadian, an exemplary citizen of this Province, a visionary, entrepreneur, industrialist, philanthropist and a man who personifies the very best of Canadian values.
Frank Stronach has touched literally millions of lives through his visionary and courageous entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic generosity.
Born in Wiez, Austria, Frank Stronach immigrated to Canada in 1954 and by 1957 had translated his working background in tool and machine engineering into his first company, Multimatic Investments Limited which would expand into the production of automotive components.
That was the beginning of what would become an international business success story that would span 29 countries, and provide employment to more than 123,000 people in 314 manufacturing operations.
At the heart of that success was Frank Stronach’s management philosophy known as Fair Enterprise, that is enshrined in a business Charter of Rights that sets out annual profit sharing between employees, management, investors and society.
Among the many honours that have been bestowed on Frank Stronach are the Order of Canada, the “Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Richard Ivey School of Business”, and the Fraser Institute’s highest honour, the T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s Award, in recognition of excellence and accomplishment in the promotion of entrepreneurship, philanthropy and free-market ideas.
Interwoven in this extraordinary life is a personal commitment to never forget those less fortunate.
Untold lives have been touched through Frank Stronach’s personal benevolence and the generosity of Magna International to a wide range of charitable and community organizations.
One of those organizations is Big Brothers, Big Sisters of York, who are honouring Frank Stronach at its 100 Years of Mentoring Celebration.
I ask all Members of the Legislature to join me in congratulating Big Brothers, Big Sisters of York and to thank Frank Stronach, for making a difference in the lives of so many as a Big Brother, and as a visionary leader, whose legacy will be celebrated for generations to come.