About the Event
The Fraser Institute Atlantic Dinner (previously known at the AIMS Chairman's Dinner) is an opportunity to reflect on the Institute's work and big picture issues of policy and economic importance. The Chairman’s Dinner is well known as a premier networking event with top-flight speakers, attended by the region's business leaders, policy professionals, and prominent community members.
Previous speakers include Hon. Tim Houston, Hon. Andrew Furey, Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta, Frank McKenna, former Premier of New Brunswick, Jim Flaherty, former Minister of Finance, John Manley, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Finance, Lorraine Mitchelmore, CEO of Shell Canada, among others. This year's event will include Jim Irving, co-CEO of JD Irving Limited in conversation with Atlantic Ambassador's Council Chair John Risley.
Jim Irving is co-CEO of J.D. Irving, Limited with his brother Robert.
Together with their father J.K. Irving they operate a diverse, family-owned enterprise with over 140 years of involvement in the New Brunswick business community.
Founded in 1882, J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) is proudly headquartered in Saint John, N.B. with operations in Canada and the United States.
The company employs a dedicated team of approximately 19,000 associates who operate business units in:
- Construction & Equipment
- Consumer Products
- Forestry & Forest Products
- Retail & Distribution
- Shipbuilding & Industrial Fabrication
- Transportation & Logistics
The company’s leadership has been internationally recognized for innovation, research and conservation.
Mr. Irving’s community work includes serving as chair of the New Brunswick Community College’s Going Beyond capital campaign, as well as capital campaign leadership for regional Nature Conservancy of Canada initiatives and the Université de Moncton. Mr. Irving is also a founding partner of CAST – the Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow – engaging universities, government and industry in the cause of saving wild Atlantic salmon.
Mr. Irving lives in Saint John, New Brunswick with his wife Lynn. They have four children.close