Respected business leader to talk about chance and the prepared mind

A founding partner of CAI, a leading private equity firm, and former chair and CEO of Alcan Aluminum Ltd., David Culver (Hon. LLD ’89) will deliver a special lecture hosted by York’s Schulich School of Business next week.

In his talk, titled “Chance Favours the Prepared Mind”, Culver will draw on his rich and varied experience to offer possible ways to meet the following challenges: A good education can make you smart, but how do you become wise? How do you create the best odds that, in future life, chance happenings will help rather than hurt?

Right: David Culver

Culver will speak Jan. 27, from 1 to 2:30pm, in the Robert R. McEwen Auditorium, W141 Seymour Schulich Building, Keele campus.

A companion of the Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, a companion of the Order of Canada (1983) and an officer of the National Order of Quebec (1990), Culver is a highly respected and influential member of the Canadian business community. He joined Alcan Aluminium Ltd., one of Canada’s foremost multinationals, in 1949 and was its chair and CEO from 1979 to 1989.

He went on to found CAI, a leading private equity firm which helps fund growth and corporate transition in companies throughout North America, with investments totalling $1.3 billion. Culver has served on a variety of company and university boards and advisory councils, including American Express and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He is also a member and former chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He co-founded the Canada-Japan Business Committee in the late 1970s and chaired it for 11 years.

He was awarded a York University honorary doctor of laws in 1989 at Schulich’s Spring Convocation. He has also received Japan’s Order of the Sacred Treasure, Grand Cordon.

For more information, contact Susan Beram, Schulich senior events planner, at ext. 33574 or, or visit the Schulich School of Business Web site to register.