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Chalmers, Floyd Sherman

Editor, publisher and philanthropist born in Chicago, Illinois 1898, raised in Orillia and Toronto, Ontario, died in Toronto, 1993.

Floyd Chalmers began working as a journalist at 17 in Toronto, then served in WWII, after which he joined the Financial Post where he became editor in chief. He was president of the Maclean Hunter publishing empire from 1952 to 1964, and then served as its chairman of the board until 1969.

With his wife Jean, Floyd Chalmers subsidized, in one form or another, most of the art forms in this country. He helped build the Stratford Festival, and created a foundation to assist artists and promote innovation. He also funded institutions and scholarships and created awards, notably the Stratford Festival's Jean A. Chalmers Apprentice Awards given to promising young artists in all aspects of the company (wardrobe, performance etc.), and the Chalmers Award.

In 1985, Floyd Chalmers was inducted into the Order of Canada.

Last updated 2020-10-26