Norman James Dawes

Norman James Dawes, brewer, corporate director (b at Lachine, Qué 13 July 1874; d at Montréal 14 Apr 1967). Son of James P. Dawes, a third-generation Montréal brewer, he was educated at McGill and the US Brewers' Academy and entered the family brewing business in 1894.

Norman James Dawes

Norman James Dawes, brewer, corporate director (b at Lachine, Qué 13 July 1874; d at Montréal 14 Apr 1967). Son of James P. Dawes, a third-generation Montréal brewer, he was educated at McGill and the US Brewers' Academy and entered the family brewing business in 1894. In 1909 he joined his father in forming National Breweries, the largest brewing merger in Canada to that date, involving 14 Québec companies. As managing director of National Breweries 1922-26 and president 1926-52, Dawes was one of the most powerful brewing figures in Canada. He remained chairman when National was bought by Canadian Breweries in 1952.


Further Reading

  • M. Denison, The Barley and the Stream (1955).