CCCE salutes the memory of Ted Newall

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) paid tribute today to the late James Edward (Ted) Newall, a visionary business leader and exemplary Canadian who devoted many years of service to the development of sound public policy and improved cooperation between government and the private sector.

Mr. Newall, who passed away in Calgary on April 26, served as Chairman of the Business Council on National Issues (since renamed the CCCE) from 1989 until 1995. He was a member of the Council for two decades and remains the longest-serving Chairman in its history.  He was instrumental in several of the Council’s most important initiatives as a passionate advocate of tax reform, trade liberalization, fiscal responsibility and national unity.

An Officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Newall was a former Chairman of both NOVA Corporation and Canadian Pacific Railway. He served on the boards of many of Canada’s leading companies, including Alcan Aluminium Limited, BCE Inc., Canada Packers Inc., the Molson Companies Limited, Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc., and the Royal Bank of Canada. Among many other roles, he was Chair of the Conference Board of Canada, Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister on Business/Government Executive Exchange, a Director of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary. 

Born in Alberta and raised in Saskatchewan, Mr. Newall received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1958. He started his career as a summer student and internal sales representative at Du Pont Canada in 1957, rising to become Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer by 1979.

Mr. Newall was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of fame in 2001.  Prior to that, he was named The Financial Post CEO of the Year for 1993, received the APEX Public Service Citation in 1997 and was named International Business Executive of the Year in 1998 by the Canadian Council for International Business.  Among many other honours, he was a recipient of the Honorary Membership Award from the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta, the Honorary Associate Award from the Conference Board of Canada, and honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina and the University of Ottawa.

“Mr. Newall’s many years of exceptional service, his leadership in the business community, and his commitment to sound public policy have made an indelible mark on the country he loved,” said The Honourable John Manley, the CCCE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Canadian Council of Chief Executives is proud and fortunate to have been closely associated over many years with such an outstanding Canadian.”