Sir Charles Blair Gordon
Sir Charles Blair Gordon, banker, manufacturer (b at Montréal 22 Nov 1867; d there 30 July 1939). Five years after beginning work in a dry-goods store, Gordon formed the Standard Shirt Company and in 1904 oversaw the organization of Dominion Textiles. He became company president 1909 and was a founder and president of Dominion Glass. Recognized as a consummate organizer and a shrewd financier, Gordon's career paralleled the consolidation of Canadian business and the rise of Montréal as Canada's banking centre. His long-standing association with the BANK OF MONTREAL was marked by his appointment as a director 1913 and president 1927. During WWI, Gordon served on the IMPERIAL MUNITIONS BOARD in Ottawa and with the British War Mission in Washington. He received a knighthood for his contributions.