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Glassco, John Grant OR'21

Glassco, John Grant OR'21
Spending five years as a student from 1916-1921, Glassco displayed a distinct talent for drama and was a fine athlete. After Ridley he attended McGill and the Sorbonne in Paris. He began his career as a chartered accountant in 1927. In 1936 he joined the Ridley Board of Governors and remained for 30 years. During the Second World War, he was government controller and then government financial advisor in 1946; he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In the post-Sputnik frenzy about education, he presided over the Glassco Royal Commission on Government Organization. He also held a number of important positions in the world of finance, including vice-president of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. During the 1950's and 60's he also made time to chair the Ridley Board's Finance Committee. Glassco died in 1968.
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With more than 700 students from 50+ countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.