Ontario's Historical Plaques
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Sir Byron Edmund Walker, C.V.O., LL.D., D.C.L. 1848-1924
Photo by contributor George Nassas - Posted April, 2006
Photo Source - Wikipedia
Coordinates: N 44 14.355 W 79 32.532
Born in Haldimand County, Walker joined the new Canadian Bank of Commerce at an early age, transforming it into one of Canada's leading financial institutions. He helped to author the Bank Act, cornerstone of Canada's national banking system. By 1907, he was president of the Bank of Commerce, a position he held until 1924. Walker was also a generous patron of the arts, helping to found and nurture many of Canada's cultural and educational institutions, including the University of Toronto, National Gallery of Canada, Champlain Society, Appleby School, Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum. In 1910, King George V knighted Walker for his contributions to business and the arts. Walker assembled land in Innisfil Township for a family retreat that his wife Mary named "Innisfree" and built Innisfree Farm in 1913.
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Posted March 25, 2012
The plaque is located a few minutes' drive from his summer cottage
Posted March 12, 2010
Why is his life commemorated about 1 hour away from where his accomplishments took place?
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