150+ Canadians Day 68: Peter Dhillon

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Peter Dhillon contributes to peace through his humanitarian work, particularly the organization Right to Play. #Canada150

Peter chair of the Vancouver Branch of the Right to Play, an international humanitarian organization for children in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.

An outstanding business and community leader, Peter Dhillon’s family cranberry growing business, The Richberry Group of Companies, has contributed greatly to the economy of B.C. He has put equal importance on his philanthropic and charitable service, and has played an active role on many organizations and boards, including Director of Vancouver Airport Authority, Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University, Director and former vice chair of Ocean Spray Cranberries, audit committee of the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee, Canadian Olympic Committee, Board member Vancouver Hospital and UBC Hospital Foundation, Director and vice chairman of B.C. Ferries, Director of Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and Director of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.

He has made significant financial contributions to many organizations including Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Olympic Committee, Arts Umbrella, and the Khalsa Diwan Society.

At the University of British Columbia he established the Rashpal Dhillon Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Endowment and the Rashpal Dhillon Track & Field Centre in his father’s memory. He has endowed The Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC. This is to be the first centre at a Canadian business school to take a comprehensive approach to the study, teaching and promotion of business ethics.

“There is an impression that you can’t do well in business unless you set ethics aside. I want to break that image. You can be caring, you can be thoughtful, and still be successful.”

Peter is a recipient of the Order of British Columbia.

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