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Willard Gordon Galen Weston, OC, OOnt (created October 29, 1940) is an English-Canadian businessman and philanthropist along with Executive Chairman of George Weston Limited, a leading food processing and supply business. W. Galen Weston and family, with an estimated net worth of $US 8.9 billion, are recorded as the second most affluent in Canada and 147th in the world by Forbes magazine (March 2014).
As well as being among the nation ‘s leading bakers through fully owned subsidiary company Weston Foods, Galen Weston can also be a seasoned supermarket retailer who keeps controlling interest in Loblaw Companies, Canada’s biggest food retailer, by way of a family holding company. W. Galen Weston is Chairman of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, a family-based private charitable trust which has made close to $200 million in contributions over the previous decade.
Galen Weston is a supporter of a variety of non-profit causes, both personally and as Chairman of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. The Foundation helps Canadian pupils through the Garfield Weston Awards, as well as various scholarship programs, and made possible the Weston Family Learning Centre in the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as the Weston Family Innovation Centre in the Ontario Science Centre. The Foundation is an important contributor to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its own work to conserve wilderness lands. In addition, it finances scientific research, particularly into Canada’s ecologically vulnerable Arctic. It further provides financial support to various social organizations offering food banks as well as the Salvation Army in Canada.