Ted Turner has been making an impact internationally since forming a media empire more than 30 years ago that included CNN, WTBS, MGM/UA Entertainment, TNT and Cartoon Network, as well as operating professional sports and entertainment franchises, launching a growing restaurant chain and owning more land in the United States than any other person except one. He was the first media figure to be named Time magazine’s man of the year in 1991.
Turner is just as well known for his philanthropy, which includes donating $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation, founding the Goodwill Games to promote peace through sports, launching the Turner Endangered Species Fund and the Turner Foundation to protect and restore the environment, as well as becoming a major supporter of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Captain Planet Foundation.
Dr. John R. Evans received his undergraduate medical training at the University of Toronto (M.D. 1952) and engaged in specialty training in internal medicine and cardiology in London, England, Boston and Toronto. Following five years as a member of the Department of Medicine at U of T and consulting physician at the Toronto General Hospital, he was appointed as the founding dean of the McMaster University Faculty of Medicine in Hamilton, Ont. He served as U of T president from 1972 to 1978. He undertook a study of education for public health and population-based medicine in 1979, supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to U of T. Evans served as director of the population, health and nutrition department of the World Bank in Washington from 1979 to 1983. He returned to Toronto as chairman and chief executive officer of Allelix Inc., a biotechnical research company, in 1983.
Evans is past chairman of: MaRS Discovery District in Toronto; Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in Toronto; Canada Foundation for Innovation in Ottawa; Torstar Corporation in Toronto; Alcan Inc. in Montreal; the Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation; board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation; Global Stewardship Initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts; and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.
Evans is a companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and a member of the Business Hall of Fame. He was awarded the 2002 F.N.G. Starr Award, the highest honour of the Canadian Medical Association, and the 2007 Henry G. Freisen International Prize in Health Research for his longstanding contributions to medical sciences.