Source: St. Mary's University
Bruce Oland Named to the Order of Canada
October 10, 2006
Oland, who holds an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s (’00), was
named to the Order of Canada (OC) this past Friday, October 6.
He is the former president of Oland and Son Ltd., and is someone who has a
lifetime of achievement in business, service in the Canadian navy and armed
forces and philanthropic work.
Oland received his early education at Kings College in Windsor, Nova Scotia
and later attended Beaumont College, Old Windsor, Berkshire, in England.
After graduation, he joined his family’s brewing company. From its
beginnings in 1867, Oland Breweries was one of the Maritimes’ most firmly
established breweries. Oland would later become President of Oland & Son Ltd
in 1964 and Oland Breweries Ltd. seven years later. His involvement in
business ventures continues today. He is currently President of Lindwood
Holdings Ltd., Culverwell Holdings Ltd, Oland Investments Ltd. and a
director of Maritime Paper Ltd. He has been honorary Consul General of Japan
at Halifax, member and Chair of the Board of Governors and Nova Scotia
Division Canadian Corps of Commissionaires.
Oland, a former commodore in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve, has an ongoing
interest in the Canadian Armed Forces. He was actively involved in the
Militia and Royal Canadian Naval Reserve from 1933 to 1971. At the outbreak
of hostilities in 1939, he was promoted to Captain and served with the Royal
Canadian Artillery during the entirety of World War II.
After the war, he continued to rise through the ranks of the Militia and
Royal Canadian Naval Reserve.
In 1970, Commodore Oland was appointed the Naval Reserve Advisor to the
Commander, Maritime Command. Mr. Oland has been very active in a number of
charitable and community activities such as the Nova Scotia Association for
Community Living, the Halifax School for the Blind and the Canadian
Association for the Mentally Retarded.
He is always seen on campus attending various events and Huskies varsity
Saint Mary's University is known for its community outreach projects, both
in Canada and around the world. Saint Mary's, founded in 1802, is home to
one of Canada's leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for
its cutting-edge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty and a
vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
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