A Boost for Business
Calgary has the highest number of small businesses and head offices per capita, and as our city’s leading provider of free, accessible programs, collections, services, and spaces, the Calgary Public Library is uniquely positioned to support the needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners.
To support free, accessible business resources and programs, the Arthur J.E. Child Foundation announced a $1 million donation to the Calgary Public Library on April 24.
In recognition of the gift, which will help establish a strong, entrepreneurial ecosystem, the Library will name the Arthur J. E. Child Business Library at the New Central Library and the Arthur J. E. Child Careers & Small Business series.
The series offers all levels of business education, from basic job-search skills to programs on how entrepreneurs can launch and grow their businesses. The Library runs these programs in partnership with experts and leading organizations including Bow Valley College, the City of Calgary, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, and more.
Arthur J.E. Child (1910-1996) was a Canadian businessman and the former chairman and CEO of Burns Food Limited who left a legacy of discipline, commitment and leadership as well as courtesy and kindness. In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
“Arthur J.E. Child was dedicated to excellence and discipline in business, and kindness and generosity in philanthropy throughout his lifetime. His private charitable Foundation is honoured to promote this legacy through the support of the New Central Library business library and programs, which is especially fitting given Mr. Child’s love of literature,” said Lorne Jacobson, lead Trustee of The Arthur J.E. Child Foundation.
We are proud to include the Arthur J.E. Child Foundation as a Founding Partner of our Add In Campaign. See the Library’s full list of career and business resources.