Brock to honour John H. McCall MacBain at Fall Convocation

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Brock to honour John H. McCall MacBain at Fall Convocation

Published on October 11 2011


Brock University will bestow an honorary degree upon John H. McCall MacBain at this year’s Fall Convocation taking place during two ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 22.

“We are extremely pleased to honour John for his outstanding accomplishments in business and his distinguished humanitarian work,” says President Jack Lightstone.

“John is a gifted businessman and a devoted philanthropist who understands the value of investing in people and their well-being around the world and in his own backyard,” adds Lightstone. “He is an inspiring local, national and international success story and we are delighted to be honouring him in this way.”

The ceremonies will be held in the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium and a reception for graduates, family members and guests will be held after each ceremony. Tickets are not required. All guests are welcome.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.
An honorary degree will be presented to John H. McCall MacBain:

Brock University is recognizing John H. McCall MacBain for his outstanding humanitarian contributions to the international community. The impact of his work has had a significant global impact on health, education and the environmental issues.

John H. McCall MacBain of Niagara Falls, Ont., is the Founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation and Pamoja Capital SA, its investment arm. Since its formation in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2007, the Foundation has made tens of millions of dollars of grants to fund projects relating to health, education and the environment in Canada, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, primarily in the West African country of Liberia.

From 1987 to 2006, Mr. McCall MacBain was the Founder, President and CEO of Trader Classified Media, the world’s leading classified advertising company.

Starting with his purchase of three small publications in Montreal in 1987 when he was 29 years old, Mr. McCall MacBain grew the Auto Trader and Buy and Sell businesses across Canada. He also developed classified businesses with more than 350 print titles and 50 Internet sites in 20 other countries, such as Argentina, China, France, Hungary, Russia and Spain. After its IPO in 2000, Trader Classified Media was publicly traded on NASDAQ and the Paris Euronext Stock Exchange. In the fall of 2006, Mr. McCall MacBain successfully sold Trader Classified Media and set up the McCall MacBain Foundation.

Mr. McCall MacBain is a Rhodes Scholar and received an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA in Law from Oxford University and an Honours BA in Economics from McGill University as well as an LLD from Dalhousie University in Canada.

Mr. McCall MacBain devotes a significant amount of his time to non-profit activities. He is a Trustee of the Rhodes Trust (Oxford), which was established to fund and oversee the Rhodes Scholarships worldwide and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation (Cape Town). He is also a founder and Chairman of the European Climate Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming to promote climate and energy policies to greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr. McCall MacBain is fluent in French and English with a working knowledge of Spanish. He is an avid skier, ice hockey player, has completed four marathons and is a commercial land and seaplane pilot. He lives in Switzerland with his wife Marcy and has five children.

Mr. McCall MacBain is the son of Al and Vi MacBain of Niagara Falls. His father was the federal MP for Niagara Falls from 1980 to 1984. Growing up in Niagara, he went to school at Orchard Park Elementary School, Prince Philip Senior Public School and A.N. Myer Secondary School.

Mr. McCall MacBain has also given back to his hometown with a $1-million donation to the MacBain Community Centre and $750,000 to the Shelley MacBain Centre of Family and Children's Services, named after his sister.

He was the 2008 Brock Faculty of Business Distinguished Leader.

In his worldwide travels, Mr. McCall MacBain is always proud to say where he is from, usually saying that he is from the most famous small town in the world, Niagara Falls.

John H. McCall MacBain

John H. McCall MacBain