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Mark Raynes Roberts

The Claude I. Taylor, O.C. Tribute Award



The Claude I. Taylor O.C. Tribute Award


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 elegantly 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.



Claude I. Taylor, O.C.



The Claude I. Taylor, O.C. Tribute Award


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 World Luxury Issue 2018, it is JO LEE Magazine’s Distinct privilege to announce Claude Taylor’s Honored Recipients.  John Black, Lois M. Gordon and David Smith, O.C.


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 John Black, Lois M. Gordon and David Smith, O.C.!


“Foresight requires a curiosity as deep as it is boundless… The will to dream bigger and beyond.”

            Claude I. Taylor, O.C.






John Black


John Black is an advisor to CEOs and corporate executive teams.  He is Founder-Chairman of VIZOAR, Executive COO, JO LEE Magazine, and a Humanist.  


John has spent his life being a game changer, facilitating corporate challenges and overseeing such committees — with a striking dossier of clients spanning a wide variety of industries.  John’s passion is indulging in ‘the impossible’ and this is where Claude Taylor and he came together.    


John’s hobby?  Reconstructing antique church organs.  






Lois M. Gordon


Lois has spent her life chairing several committees and indulging in her passion for being a humanist extraordinaire.  Her lifetime endeavor and ethical stance emphasizes the value of human beings, individually and collectively, affirming their ability to improve their lives.  


Lois resides in California’s Silicon Valley where she also embraces her love for politics as a huge Republican fundraiser.  Embracing Social Change, she travels the world to see, access and implement.






David Smith, O.C.


“As I was growing up, I remember my learned father reciting Abraham Lincoln: “A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a small child.”


This somehow became my life’s motto and with that thought, I began raising more than 100 Million Dollars for Charities throughout the world.


David Smith is an entrepreneur, restaurateurand philanthropist.  He is the founder of The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, in Ottawa, Canada: dedicated to the young.


















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