David & Shelley Peterson - Sept. 26, 2012 (NF003, 4pm)


David Peterson

Mr. Peterson is Chairman of the partnership of the Toronto law firm of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where he practises corporate/commercial law.

Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Toronto and studied at the University of Caen, France. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1969 and appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1980 and was summoned by Her Majesty to the Privy Council in 1992.

In 1975 he was elected as a Member of the Ontario Legislature, and became the leader of the Ontario Liberal party in 1982. He served as Premier of the Province between 1985 and 1990, overseeing a very active period of reform and playing a major role in the country’s constitutional discussions.

He speaks often on national and international issues, as well as being a frequent commentator on television.

He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2009, and was Chairman of the successful Toronto Bid for 2015 Pan Am Games.

Mr. Peterson is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Toronto.

He resides in Toronto and Caledon with his actress/author wife Shelley. They have three children - Benjamin, Chloë and Adam and two grandsons, Luke and Harry Dirksen.

Mr. Peterson’s interests include theatre, riding, golf, skiing, tennis, reading and gardening.

Shelley Peterson

Shelley Peterson is the best-selling author of five young adult novels; ‘Dancer’, ‘Abby Malone’, ‘Stagestruck’, ‘Sundancer’, and ‘Mystery at Saddle Creek’. Newly released is ‘Dark Days at Saddle Creek’, where horses’ lives are at risk in the horse show community, and 14 year-old Alberta Simms (Bird) goes undercover, unearthing long-held secrets and coming face to face with discrimination, deception, and death.

Shelley was trained as an actress, and has over one hundred acting credits to her name, including stage, television, and film.

Fox Ridge is a horse facility, stabling 22 horses, which Shelley owns and operates.

She and her husband David have three grown children and two young grandsons. They share their time between Toronto and Caledon.

As well as being the mother of three accomplished children, a businesswoman, actress and author, Shelley Peterson has long been active in the charitable, literary and performing arts communities of Toronto and Caledon.

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