THUNDER BAY, ON ----- September 21, 2011 ---- Dr. Arthur V. Mauro, O.C., O.M., LL.M., LL.D., Q.C., a prominent businessman and philanthropist who has contributed significantly to our economic, civic and cultural lives will be inducted into the Victoriaville Walk of Fame on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in centre court at Victoriaville Centre.
Dr. Mauro was born to Italian immigrants on February 15, 1927 in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario. He grew up on Secord Street and attended PACI and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School. He studied law at the University of Manitoba and was called to the Bar of Manitoba in 1953. His specialty was transportation and communication law and, in 1967, he was appointed Chairman of the Royal Commission on Northern Transportation and later, Chairman of the Transportation Industry Advisory Committee.
He accepted a senior executive position with Great Northern Capital Corporation in 1969; then moved on from there to become President and Chief Executive Officer of Transair Limited from 1972 to 1976. In 1976 he joined Investors Group retiring in 1991 as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer.
Over the years, he served as Chairman of the Winnipeg Community Chest (now the United Way), Chairman of the Board of St. Paul’s College, Chairman of the Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation, Director of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews and, most recently, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Airports Authority, Inc.
Dr Mauro has been a lecturer at the University of Manitoba and, in 1991, he was elected Chancellor of that University and served until 2000. During his term as Chancellor, he established the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice.
In 1987 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and promoted to Officer in 1992. Dr. Mauro received an Honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Manitoba in 1987 and an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Lakehead University in 1997. In 2004 he was awarded the Order of Manitoba.
Dr. Mauro has never forgotten his roots. In 2005, he matched donations made to Lakehead University’s Advanced Technology & Academic Centre (ATAC) capital campaign by members of the local Italian community. He began his term as the seventh Chancellor of Lakehead University on January 1, 2010 and since May 2011, Dr. Mauro has chaired the Chancellor’s Task Force in support of Lakehead’s new Faculty of Law.