John Cassaday to chair Cardinal's Dinner 2011

  • February 23, 2011
TORONTO - John M. Cassaday, president and chief executive officer of Corus Entertainment Inc., has been named as chair of the 32nd annual Cardinal’s Dinner.

The dinner, founded by the late Cardinal Gerald Emmett Carter and continued to this day by Archbishop Thomas Collins, has raised more than $5 million since its inception, with many business and political leaders attending each year. It will be held Oct. 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The money raised helps finance the archbishop of Toronto’s favourite charities that aren’t fully funded by other agencies. Last year’s dinner raised $111,000 and among the recipients were the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Caritas, Covenant House and the Good Shepherd Refuge.   

“This is the most prestigious dinner that is held in the City of Toronto so it’s a tremendous honour to be asked to participate in it and I’m looking forward to a great event,” Cassaday told The Catholic Register.

He said he looks forward to his role as a community builder and hopes to maintain the high standards that have been in place for years.

“This particular event happens to have a tremendous role in advancing the interests of Catholic charities,” said Cassaday. “I think that’s a fabulous and important goal to maintain.”

Cassaday is the former president of CTV Television and Campbell’s Soup Company in Canada and the U.K. He is also former chair of the board at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital.

In 1998, he received the Distinguished Business Alumni Award from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In 2004, he was a recipient of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews Human Relations Award and received the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ top honour, the Gold Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence.

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