Sir Byron Edmund Walker, C.V.O., LL.D., D.C.L. 1848-1924 - Ontario Heritage Trust

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Sir Byron Edmund Walker, C.V.O., LL.D., D.C.L. 1848-1924

Born in Haldimand County, Walker joined the new Canadian Bank of Commerce at an early age, transforming it into one of Canada's leading financial institutions. He helped to author the Bank Act, cornerstone of Canada's national banking system. By 1907, he was president of the Bank of Commerce, a position he held until 1924. Walker was also a generous patron of the arts, helping to found and nurture many of Canada's cultural and educational institutions, including the University of Toronto, National Gallery of Canada, Champlain Society, Appleby School, Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum. In 1910, King George V knighted Walker for his contributions to business and the arts. Walker assembled land in Innisfil Township for a family retreat that his wife Mary named "Innisfree" and built Innisfree Farm in 1913.

Location

At Innisfree Farm, 1176 Second Line, Town of Innisfil.

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Simcoe

Municipality: Town of Innisfil

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