Claude I. Taylor, OC
Chairman Emeritus – Air Canada
International Vice-Chair JO LEE Magazine
And The ADESTE Academy

Born in Salisbury, New Brunswick, Claude Taylor graduated as an industrial accountant from McGill University in Montréal, Québec and became a world visionary, leader and ambassador of remarkable achievement.

He began his distinguished career in aviation; 23 years later, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s leading airline, Air Canada, and subsequently, Chairman.  One year later, he accepted the chairmanship of a special industry committee which became the architect of a re-structured International Air Transportation Association (IATA).

Mr. Taylor had a profound influence on the development of the airline industry as it is today.  He pushed for the 1977 Air Canada Act, which separated the airline from Canadian National Railways and made it a stand-alone Crown Corporation and, eventually, he took Air Canada public.

Claude Taylor, who remains Chairman Emeritus of Air Canada, has offered his considerable skills and acumen generously to the world community, chairing campaigns for Centraide and the Canadian Centre for Cultural Renewal.  He was Honourary Chair of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, and served as Chair of the Board of Concordia University.  He received the McGill Management Achievement Award, the C.D. Howe Award, and the Canadian Operations Research Society Award.  He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for having “turned Air Canada into a world leader in air transportation.” He was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, and received honourary degrees from several universities.  Mr. Taylor is a Commander of the Order of St. John, and became the second chair of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Canadian Commonwealth Study Conferences.

Mr. Taylor has said, “Young people have been an ongoing concern of mine, particularly in these times of unrest.  Their goals, their dreams are far greater than what we could have imagined in our day!  For this reason – we all must give them the will to dream bigger and beyond.”

In 1988, he co-established The Adeste Academy that provides university education for African students who have completed high school amidst great adversity: Unsung Heroes – with no advantages.  The Academy went on to create the prestigious Adeste Gold Medal, awarded annually to “40 and under Unsung Heroes” whose achievements have created outstanding benefits to humanity.

Internationally revered as “The White Knight”, Claude Taylor saw what could be and moved to make it happen.

2 Responses to “Claude I. Taylor, OC – THE WORLD’S TOP PHILANTHROPISTS – 16 WHO MATTER”

  1. John A Wildman | 04.27.15 at 11:31 AM said…

    Memories of Claude Taylor: Joe Lee and Tom Smyth introduced me to Claude 30 years ago in connection with their Board work for the Adeste charity–it was my lucky day!
    Claud Taylor was a friend and mentor to many. He had the rare ability ,in a modest and natural way, to inspire his colleagues to do their very best.He had mastered the art being inclusive, thus embracing the hearts and inspiring the minds of others to pull together to accomplish their big dreams
    We will miss him very much. He will be in our hearts,thoughts and prayers. John Wildman

  2. Leda Millar | 04.26.15 at 11:02 PM said…

    Very sad news,, worked for Claude Taylor at Govt Affairs at Air Canada years ago.. He was a gentleman and a very generous man,he was in my opinion Air Canada,, all who worked for him loved him, he was an inspiration to all of us. He will always be remembered for his kind demeanour and love of the Airline and his employees had a great respect for him, which encouraged them to work that much harder as he was our mentor..we all believed in him.
    May he rest in peace, God bless his family at this difficult time
    Sincerely. Leda Millar