George Gardiner, O.C., BCom '39
Financier and Past President of the Toronto Stock Exchange
Founder, Gardiner Museum
An immensely successful businessman, George Gardiner began his career during the Second World War, running a munitions factory. After the war, he founded brokerage firm Gardiner Watson Limited, which he sold in 1983 to the American firm Dean Witter. A man of varied interests, he was also the founder of Gardiner Oil and Gas Ltd and Scott’s Hospitality Inc, and served as the President of the Toronto Stock Exchange. An avid horse owner and breeder, Gardiner was vice- president and trustee of the Ontario Jockey Club for many years. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1989 in recognition of his contributions to business, education, and the arts.
With his wife Helen, Gardiner established the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts – donating their entire collection of ceramics, as well as building the museum to house it. Their gift was for many years the largest cultural donation ever in the province of Ontario. Gardiner also held an MBA from Harvard University. He died in 1997.