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Date of Birth: 1932
Israel Harold Asper is one of Canada’s most famous citizens. After completing a Law degree at the University of Manitoba (1957), he founded the firm Asper, Freedman and Co. (1959). He was a highly successful lawyer and he expressed his ideas about tax reform in a regular column in the Globe and Mail. In 1960, he entered politics and he eventually served as the leader of the Manitoba Liberal party (1970-1975). In the mid-1970s, he began to build his media empire which started with Winnipeg’s television station-CKND. Over time, Asper’s CanWest Global communications encompassed the Global Television Network, the National Post, as well as over 60 other newspapers. Asper was fiercely proud of being a Manitoban and he refused to move his billion dollar company from Winnipeg. Although he had his critics, Asper was a true philanthropist donating millions of dollars towards the Arts and Education. Among the many beneficiaries of Asper’s altruism were institutions such as the University of Manitoba’s Asper Business School, the Saint-Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation, the WSO, and the Asper Jewish Community Center. Perhaps his greatest legacy is his large monetary contribution that helped establish the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. In 1995, Asper was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.