The John Currie Amateur Sport Legacy Fund

About John Currie


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John Hugh Currie, C.M., LL.D. (Hon.)

John Currie, community champion and President of the 1983 Western Canada Summer Games, was a key figure in the development and funding of Lindsay Park Sports Centre, the flagship facility of the Games. "We want the amateur clubs to be able to use Talisman Centre. That is the main reason we went after the Games."

As a mentor, community leader, as a business person, and as a man who put community service at the forefront of his priorities, he has been an inspiration to many. (taken from St. Francis Xavier University convocation and awarding of an Honourary Degree to John Hugh Currie, 2008)

His lifetime voluntary contributions to the city of Calgary and the province of Alberta extend to the arts, education, athletics and business. He has served as an advisor to help promote business partnerships with various educational institutions through the province. A former president of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, he demonstrated his dedication to economic growth in the city and encouraged business opportunities for Native peoples. (taken from Order of Canada Investiture, May 7, 1998)

Awards and Recognition

  • 2008, Honourary Degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
  • 2005 Outstanding Lifetime Philanthropist Award
  • 1998, Member of the Order of Canada
  • 1993, Distinguished Business Leader Award (first recipient) co-sponsored and awarded by the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
  • 1983, Calgary Citizen of the Year

Current Volunteer Service

  • Alberta Champions Society in Recognition of Community Enrichment, Board Director

Past Volunteer Service

  • 1983 Western Canada Summer Games, President
  • Alberta Arts Stabilization Fund, President
  • Alberta Ballet (formerly Calgary Ballet), Chairman
  • Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, Director
  • Bow Valley College, Chairman of the Board
  • Calgary Catholic School District, Chairman of the Board
  • Calgary Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Calgary Downtown Business Association, President
  • Calgary Dragon Boat Society, Director
  • Calgary Economic Development Authority, Director
  • Calgary Homeless Foundation, Chairman and CEO
  • Calgary Hong Kong Festival, Chairman
  • Calgary Legal Guidance, Director
  • Calgary Opera Association, Chairman of the Board
  • Calgary Philharmonic Society, Director
  • Calgary Tartan Committee, Member
  • Canada 4H Council, Director
  • Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, Vice-Chairman
  • Canadian Tax Foundation, Governor
  • CN Station Restoration, Chair
  • Glenbow Museum, Co-Chair Fundraising Committee
  • Institute for Political Involvement, Director
  • Parks Foundation Calgary, Governor
  • Petroleum Law Foundation, President
  • Saddledome Amateur Athletic Grants Committee, Chair
  • Tax Executives Institute of Alberta, Founding President
  • United Way of Calgary and Area, Director

Career

  • Senior Vice President, Canterra Energy