Order of Canada awarded to 4 Canadians involved in retail

Printemps department store, Paris. Interior design and photo by Yabu Pushelberg

90 people have just been appointed to the Order of Canada, including four Canadians who are either directly or indirectly involved in the world of retailing. The winners include:

  • 1) Jeanne Beker, fashion television personality, author, newspaper columnist and fashion brand founder,
  • 2) George Yabu and 3) Glenn Pushelberg of international design firm Yabu Pushelberg, responsible for some of the world's finest store interiors, and
  • 4) Sobeys Inc. founder and arts philanthropist Donald Sobey.

For those unfamiliar, the Order of Canada is awarded each year to Canadians who are considered to have attained a high degree of merit, an outstanding level of talent and service, or an exceptional contribution to Canada and to humanity. It was established in 1967 and close to 6,000 Canadians have received the award to date.

The following is a brief description of each of the four winners:


Jeanne Beker [Image Source]
Jeanne Beker is best known for being the host of the now cancelled television show Fashion Television. She hosted the show between 1985 and 2012. She continues to write for publications including the Toronto Star, and in 2010 she launched a clothing line called EDIT by Jeanne Beker which is carried at Hudson's Bay stores across Canada.

George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg [Image Source]
George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg's design firm, Yabu Pushelberg, has designed some of the world's most beautiful retail store interiors, including those at Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys in New York, Printemps in Paris and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong/China. When Lane Crawford's former President, Bonnie Brooks, moved into a leadership role at Canada's Hudson's Bay, she had Yabu Pushelberg design luxury departments 'The Room' in Toronto and in Vancouver. Further Hudson's Bay (and Lord & Taylor) store renovations continue under George and Glenn's direction.

Donald Sobey [Image Source]
Donald Sobey founded Sobeys Inc. and has served as President of its parent company Empire Company Ltd. since 1969. He has held numerous other retail-related director positions and is also heavily involved in the arts and philanthropy. He is Chair of the National Gallery of Canada, Governor of the Olympic Trust of Canada, past Chairman of the QEII Foundation and a member of the Advisory Council of Queen's University.

[Article Source: CBC]