Thursday, October 23, 2008

Jean Pigott

Entrepreneur, politician, philanthropist

Born and raised in the Ottawa Valley; 1924-2012.

Affectionately known as the matriarch of Ottawa.

Past president and CEO of her family's business, Morrison-Lamothe Bakery in the Ottawa Valley, one of only three women CEOs in Canada in the early 1970s.

Became a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative in Ottawa—Carleton riding in 1976. One of only two female MPs in the Conservative caucus at the time.

First female member of the Rideau Club in the 1970s.

Appointed as chair of the National Capital Commission, 1985-1992.

The first woman to sit on the board of directors of Ontario Hydro; also sat on the board of Canadian Tire Corporation.

Became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995.

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