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William A. Dimma

Doctor of Commerce

William Dimma is Deputy Chairman of Royal Lepage Limited. He received a B.A.Sc. and a P.Eng. from the University of Toronto in 1948 and in 1950, to which he added qualifications from Harvard and York University. He joined Union Carbide Canada in 1948 and rose to become executive vice-president in 1967. In 1970, he left the work force to take a doctorate in Business Administration at Harvard, receiving the gold medal in his year. He followed his with a two-year stint as Dean of Administrative Studies at York University, before what he describes as his “need for the excitement of the bottom-line motivation” drew him back to the world of business. He became President of Torstar Corp. and Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. in 1976 and in 1979 joined A.E. LePage Ltd. as President and Chief Executive Officer. In his present position, which he assumed in 1986, he has made a second unofficial career speaking on business ethics. He became interested in corporate ethics in 1986, the heyday of the junk bond and leveraged buyout, what he calls “the excesses of Wall street and, to a much lesser extent, Bay Street.” Although interested in ethics at all levels, his main concern is with decisions made in the board room. William Dimma has served on the boards of many profit and non-profit organizations. His current affiliations include The C.D. Howe Institute, Junior Achievement of Metropolitan Toronto, the Ontario Press Council and the Hospital for Sick Children.