Over almost four decades, Peter M. Brown turned a tiny company with few assets and no reputation into the largest independent investment firm in the country. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canaccord eventually had offices all over the world and, when he stepped down, a market capitalization of well over a billion dollars.


Peter M. Brown learned firsthand about giving back to the community from his father, Ralph. His own business achievements, philanthropic endeavours and community service have earned him countless honours and distinctions. “We live in the best place in the world,” he says, “and I do what I can to help make it even better.”


Through the Peter and Joanne Brown Foundation, the couple support charitable causes and nonprofit organizations that build community and pave the way to a brighter future for British Columbians. “I love this city and this province,” says Peter. “I want to see them become the best they can be.”

Hosting an event such as the 2010 Games was a formidable logistical feat; however, the stamina to carry on well past the finish line should qualify as a gold medal performance. On behalf of the Government of Canada, thank you for the integral role you played in this very special chapter of Canadian history.The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada
Peter M. Brown’s example is one of complete engagement in his community, his province and his country. He exemplifies citizenship. He contributes his intellectual curiosity, his business acumen. His commitment to Canada is unquenchable and is matched only by his generosity of spirit and boundless energy.Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, former premier of British Columbia
Through your extraordinary dedication and selfless efforts, you are helping build healthier, stronger and more caring communities from coast-to-coast.…We at TELUS extend our gratitude for your significant contributions to our country both as a successful businessman and a devoted community leader.Darren Entwistle, President and CEO, TELUS Corp.
I and thousands of others always were in awe of your talent and your amazing skills to create a business out of almost nothing and grow the companies and more importantly enhance the reputation of the business you served and invented. You overcame a lot of doubters over the years but you never betrayed your talents nor your own compass of values. Well done, Sir.Michael St.B. Harrison, former president and CEO, MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier
What a wonderful icing on the magnificent cake of accomplishment you have built in all the communities, financial, industrial, governmental and social services in which you have participated. You are the very model of the sort of person Edmund Burke had in mind when he described the origins of democracy and civilization in the individual pursuit of excellence and the common good.Michael Walker, founding executive director, Fraser Institute
Your business career, your achievements, and your contributions to the community are legendary. But what is so remarkable in my opinion: you have done it all and instead of being a stuffy old fart, you remain self deprecating and always a ton of fun.Wayne Deans, cofounder, Deans Knight Capital Management