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Maurice Strong

Maurice F. Strong (born April 29, 1929, in Oak Lake, Manitoba ) is an industrialist and public servant who was the Secretary-General of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), better known as the Earth Summit. He is currently a senior advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, although he has suspended his involvement while he is being investigated for financial ties to a lobbyist involved with the Iraq oil for food scandal.

He was the 1989 recipient of the Pearson Medal of Peace.

Strong became wealthy during his career in the oil and utlilities industry. He was President of Power Corporation until 1966. As such he was a mentor to Paul Martin giving him his first job and putting him in a position to become a powerful corporate executive.

Strong left Power Coporation to become head of what became the Canadian International Development Agency. In the early 1970s he was Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. He then became the first Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.

He returned to Canada to become Chief Executive Officer of Petro-Canada from 1976 to 1978. In the early 1990s he was Chief Executive Officer of Ontario Hydro.

In 1976 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1999.

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