Thomas d'Aquino

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Thomas d'Aquino CM (born 1940) is a Canadian businessman. He is chairman of Thomas d’Aquino Capital, and founder, chairman and chief executive of Intercounsel Ltd, a private venture and strategic consulting company.

Order of Canada order

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He serves as chair of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, as Canada co-chair of the North American Forum and as an honorary professor at the Ivey School of Business, Western University, London, Ontario.[ citation needed ]

He is Co-Chair of the Canada-Mexico Leadership Group, a bilateral group of private sector decision-makers dedicated to advancing deeper cooperation between Canada and Mexico. d’Aquino served as Co-Chair of the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum which met in Toronto in 2012 and Melbourne in 2014. D'Aquino was active for several decades in advancing the Canada-Japan economic relationship having served as Co-Chair of the Canada-Japan Business Cooperation Committee. He was a pioneer in promoting closer Canada-India economic relations.

The Vatican

D'Aquino served as a member of an international advisory group assisting The Vatican with the Sport at the Service of Humanity Summit convened by Pope Francis in October 2016. [1] [2]

Cultural activities

D'Aquino currently serves as Chair of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation and Chair of the Gallery's Distinguished Patrons. He was the Founder of the Distinguished Patrons group in 2005 and in 2017 he led the creation of the Gallery Foundation's first and highly successful Art for the Nation Summit. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Calgary-based National Music Centre. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Council for Business and the Arts in Canada, the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, and the International Advisory Committee of the Calgary International Organ Festival.


Canadian historian, Jack Granatstein, lists d'Aquino as one of the 100 most influential Canadians of the 20th century and Canadian author Peter Newman describes d'Aquino as "the most powerful influence on public policy formation in Canadian history."[ citation needed ]

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  1. "Pontifical Council for Culture".
  2. "Sport in the Service of Humanity".

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