The Claude I. Taylor O.C. Tribute Award has been created by renowned crystal artist and designer, Mark Raynes Roberts, whose sculptures and awards can be found in art collections around the world. The newly designed Crystal Sculpture Award is made of the purest optical crystal, a material used in the space and aeronautical industry, and reflective of the vision, clarity of thinking and excellence each of the Claude I. Taylor O.C. Tribute Award recipients possess. The Crystal Orb Sculpture is hand-engraved with a globe and linear lines on the cube symbolic of communication and the technological world we live in today. Markraynesroberts.com
Claude I. Taylor, O.C., the renowned Air Canada Icon had a dream of acknowledging people who embraced a need. He had a deep appreciation and a considerable admiration for his inaugural recipients and their philanthropic works that spanned the essence of his dream.
With profound pride, in this, our Anniversary Issue 2016, it is JO LEE Magazine’s Distinct privilege to announce Claude Taylor’s Inaugural Recipients. Stanley J. Dorst, H. Gail Regan and Thomas D. Smyth. Claude Taylor’s belief in goodness was all encompassing. To say he was a “White Knight”, as he was referred to by international colleagues, humbled him. But he was a “White Knight” and in their own right, so too are Stanley J. Dorst, H. Gail Regan and Thomas D. Smyth!
“Foresight requires a curiosity as deep as it is boundless… The will to dream bigger and beyond.”
– Claude I. Taylor, O.C.
Through carrying out humanitarian acts and promoting social causes that positively benefits their chosen communities by advancing the ability to meet a critical need, Stanley J. Dorst, H. Gail Regan and Thomas D. Smyth have risen above all expectations.
Stanley J. Dorst, as an officer of a Chevron subsidiary and CEO of Grosvenor Properties, created iconic commercial buildings in the U.S.; as Vice President of the International Urban Development Association he advised a variety of European governments; and as a volunteer for the U.S. State Department, Stanley forged urban development plans for cities across Russia, including Moscow.
Gail Regan is vice-chair of Cara Operations, retired. She is an immensely gracious and giving woman, a philanthropist extraordinaire who has broken barriers with her compassion and her giving. Her combination of intellectualism and dogged pursuit of the right thing culminates within this epic business giant, making the improbable possible with her will to go against the grain.
Thomas D. Smyth is Chairman, Retired, of the H.J. Heinz Company of Canada and brings over 60 years of business experience to the table. He became a game changer for Global Agriculture and was founder and Chairman of The National Institute of Nutrition, funded by 42 corporations that manufacture food products.