He took the Crown Corporation, Canadian National Railway private in 1995 - the largest IPO in Canadian history until that date.
Chairman of the Board of Canadian National Railway, 1994 – 2010.
He played a key role in the growth and continued development of the British Columbia Film Industry through his companies Vancouver Film Studios and Pacific Backlot Services
Born 1938, Calgary, AB
- 1962 – Graduated Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
- 1972 Founded real estate investment firm - The McLean Group. 1972 - 2012 this family business has grown from Real Estate Investment to a conglomerate that includes: an active Film & Television Production business (Vancouver Film Studios & Pacific Backlot Services) which collectively form the largest grossing supplier of production services to Vancouver’s film and television industry.
- Other businesses include: Communications (Signal Systems);
- Construction (Harbour Landing Construction);
- Aviation (Blackcomb Aviation) a helicopter, jet charter & aircraft management company
- 1985 – Left a successful law practice and became the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The MacLean Group
- 1995 – Led privatization of CNR (CNR was a Crown Corporation at that time)
- This was the largest Initial Public Offering in Canadian history at that time.
- 1994 – 2010 Chairman of the Board of CNR/CN
- 2010 – Stepped down as CEO of The MacLean Group in favour of his son Jason MacLean
Additional Positions Include
- Served as Chairman of the Vancouver Board of Trade and as Chairman of 170,000; member Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Chairman Westland Wood Industries
- Chairman and Director for many years to Concord Pacific Group Inc.
- Director for De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, Northwestel Inc.
- Honourary Doctorate of Laws at the Universities of: Alberta, British Columbia, Simon Fraser and Royal Roads
- Order of British Columbia (OBC)
- 2006 – Appointed as Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors
Commitment to Education Includes
- Served as Chairman of the Board of Govenors of the University of British Columbia
- Currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Canadian Studies at the University California at Berkley
- Co-Chairs University of Alberta’s capital campaign