Schulich dean part of exhibit chronicling Hungarian-Canadians

Dezsö J. Horváth, dean of the Schulich School of Business at York University, is among 50 prominent Hungarian-Canadians included in a national exhibition that commemorates the anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, which began 50 years ago. The official anniversary of the start of the 1956 October uprising was Monday, Oct. 23.


Right: Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth. Photo by Babak


The exhibition, commissioned and produced by the National Arts Centre, pays homage to the extraordinary contributions to Canadian society made by accomplished Hungarian-Canadians.


Titled NEW LIVES: 50 Stories Chronicling the Hungarian-Canadian Experience, the exhibition features portraits by V. Tony Hauser, one of Canada’s most celebrated portrait photographers, as well as written statements from the 50 honourees expressing their passion for Canada.


Other prominent Hungarian-Canadians featured in the exhibition include: Peter Munk, founder and chairman of Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining corporation; Frank Hasenfratz, the founder and chairman of Linamar, one of Canada’s largest automotive parts producers; Nobel prize-winning scientist John Polanyi; film producer Robert Lantos; and National Post columnist and author George Jonas.


Three members of the Schulich Dean’s Advisory Council are also featured in the exhibition. They are: H. Thomas Beck, founder of Noma Industries and president of Fernhill Holdings; Leslie L. Dan, founder and chairman of the Novopharm Group of Companies; and Anna Porter, former president and publisher of Key Porter Books.


“It’s an honour to be included among such a select group of Canadians,” said Horváth. “I am especially proud to share this honour with three distinguished members of my Advisory Council here at Schulich.”


The exhibition is coming to Toronto later this week and will be on display at The Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, and then again at the Allan Lambert Galleria in BCE Place from Nov. 18 to Dec. 2. The exhibition will then move to Pier 21 in Halifax from Dec. 8 to Jan. 31, 2007, before making its way back to Ottawa, where it will become part of the permanent collection of Library and Archives Canada.