Peter Brown is the founder and honorary chairman of Canaccord Financial Inc., which services private clients and investors though 23 wealth management offices in Canada, Australia, and Europe. Mr. Brown also serves as chairman of the Fraser Institute, vice-chairman of the Investment Industry Association, member of the Business Council of British Columbia's board of governors, British Columbia's representative on the advisory committee to the Canadian Securities Transition Office, chairman of the Vancouver Police Foundation, honorary chairman of the fund drive for Emily Carr University of Art & Design, and as a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the federal Finance Minister.
He is the past chairman of the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Stock Exchange, B.C. Place Corporation, and B.C. Enterprise Corporation. In addition, he was vice-chairman of Expo 86 Corporation and served as the federally appointed lead director on the finance committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
Mr. Brown is a recipient of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year Award, the B.C. & Yukon Chamber of Mines Financier Award, the Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Order of British Columbia. He has also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, a commemorative medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and was named the Brotherhood Inter-Faith Society's Person of the Year. In addition, Mr. Brown has received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia, the Distinguished Graduate Award from St. George’s School, the Ted Ticknor Award for Exceptional Contribution from Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, the T. Patrick Boyle Founder's Award from the Fraser Institute, the Vancouver Board of Trade Rix Award for Engaged Community Citizenship, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Ernst & Young.
He was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame is also an honorary member of the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, having received the first ever civilian commendation from the Vancouver City Police. Mr. Brown is also among the business laureates of B.C. Hall of Fame.
He has an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from Emily Carr University of Art & Design and was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Investment Industry Association. In January 2013, Mr. Brown will receive an honorary degree from The Justice Institute of British Columbia.