In the early 1900s, the Canadian government established the Canadian Printing Establishment to create and distribute printed products to the public.
The printing establishment was founded by Sir Arthur Edgerton, a lawyer who also founded the Canadian Institute of Technology (now the University of Toronto).
In 1902, the corporation was sold to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
But in 1922, Edgertons successor, John Pemberton, became the company’s sole director.
The company began to print only books and other publications for the public, which Pembertons son, Eddy Pember, ran until his death in 1936.
The last of Edgarts sons, Eddys son, took over the business in 1952, but he passed away in 1980.
Since then, Edds son, Sir Eddy, has continued the company.
He has also been instrumental in expanding the business and helping establish the Canadian Library Association, which was formed in 1986 to promote Canadian libraries.
In 2006, Edy Pembert sold the company to a group of investors led by billionaire industrialist David Sarnoff.
In 2011, he bought the remaining controlling stake in the company and renamed it The Eddy-Pemberton Group, or EDP.
Pemberts family has invested in companies that have become well-known in the business, including Canadian Tire, Cabela’s, Home Depot, and Target.
He also has a history of creating and supporting charitable causes.
A photo of Sir Eddyn PemberTON with his wife and children in 2009.
In 2016, he and his family gave $10 million to the Library of Parliament to create a museum dedicated to Canadian libraries and other Canadian history.
A year later, they donated $20 million to a Toronto-based nonprofit called the Museum of History, Culture and Art.
And in 2017, he established a charitable foundation that has given $20,000 to the International Centre for Contemporary Art (ICCA).
The EDP is not the only organization to have donated to the museum.
Sir Eddies son, Dame Eddy was a key figure in the construction of the Royal Canadian Museum.
In 1993, she and her husband donated $25 million to create the museum, which opened in 2000.
In 2008, the Pembertingtons were the first Canadian donors to the Toronto-area museum, donating $20.5 million.
In 2015, they announced they were donating another $25.5 to the new museum.
The Pemberlts also have made major donations to Canadian hospitals.
Sir Edwin Pemberlin has donated $5 million to Toronto Hospital, $20 billion to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and $4.5 billion to other Canadian hospitals, universities, and charities.
His philanthropic efforts have helped fund many charitable causes, including the construction and renovation of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, the restoration of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the restoration and restoration of Toronto’s subway system.
With files from The Canadian Press.
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