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Sir Edward Wentworth Beatty
Born October 16, 1877(1877-10-16)
Thorold, Ontario
Died March 23, 1943 (aged 65)
Montreal, Quebec

Sir Edward Wentworth Beatty, GBE (October 16, 1877 – March 23, 1943) was a Canadian lawyer, university chancellor, and businessman. He was president of the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1918 to 1943, chancellor of Queen's University from 1919 to 1923, and chancellor of McGill University from 1920 to 1943.

He studied at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto, and earned his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

In 1901, he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway as General Counsel. In 1918, he became the first Canadian-born president, a position he held until his death in 1943. During his term as president, he was involved in building the Royal York Hotel, the RMS Empress of Britain II ocean liner and Canadian Pacific Airlines.

He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.


Business positions
Preceded by
Thomas Shaughnessy
President of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
1918 – 1943
Succeeded by
D'Alton Cory Coleman
Academic offices
Preceded by
James Douglas
Chancellor of Queen's University
Succeeded by
Robert Borden
Preceded by
Robert Borden
Chancellor of McGill University
Succeeded by
Morris Watson Wilson


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