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Order of Canada

John Stanton, C.M.

Edmonton, Alberta [Canada]

Member of the Order of Canada

Awarded on November 4, 2009; Invested on November 17, 2010

John Stanton challenges, motivates and empowers Canadians to adopt an active lifestyle. Formerly an overweight smoker, he changed his life on the day he could barely finish a fun run with his sons. He then founded the Running Room and later, the Walking Room. He built his business on the principle that Canadians would benefit from the availability of proper equipment, and from participating in social networks, instructional clinics and motivational talks to become and remain physically active. An inspirational role model, he has also supported and promoted hundreds of charitable organizations locally, provincially and nationally, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.