Peter Legge is co-founder, chair and chief executive officer of Canada Wide Media Limited, the largest privately-owned magazine publishing company in Western Canada – in business for 33 years and now with 55 magazines and online properties.
In addition to enjoying a long and successful career in advertising, marketing and publishing, Mr. Legge is an internationally acclaimed professional speaker; a bestselling author of books on effective leadership; and a well-known philanthropist.
Noted for presentations that draw on his everyday experiences as a community leader, husband, father and CEO, Mr. Legge has received numerous awards for motivational presentations that teach people the importance of persistence, patience, passion and a positive attitude.
Accolades include the Golden Gavel award and the Top Speaker in North America from Toastmasters International. Both the National Speakers Association in the United States and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers have inducted him into the Speakers Hall of Fame and he is also a member of the Speakers Roundtable, an invitation-only society comprising 20 of North American’s top professional speakers.
Mr. Legge, past chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade, has long played an active role in the community, volunteering as a director and chair on many foundation and society boards.
For over three decades, he has served as co-host of the Variety Club Telethon – Children’s Charity, helping raise more than $150 million during that time.
He is chair of the Peter Legge Charity Golf Classic; a member of the Chairman’s Circle of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation; and, in 1997, was inducted into the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem – a global benevolent association dedicated to public service.
Mr. Legge’s outstanding community efforts and commitment to service have been recognized with the Nido Qubein Philanthropist of the Year Award from the National Speakers Association, the Order of the Red Cross, the Variety Club of B.C. Gold Heart Award and the Silver Jubilee Medal from the Royal Life Saving Society. He also received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and in 2008, was presented with the province’s highest award – the Order of British Columbia – for his life-long commitment to serving the community.
Mr. Legge is a member of the Fellows Council at Royal Roads University and a fellow of the Canadian Guild of Authors. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) and a Master of Arts (Communications) from Knightsbridge University, England and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Simon Fraser University.
Mr. Legge lives with his wife Kay in Coquitlam, British Columbia and has three daughters.