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THE HONOURABLE JIM PRENTICE, P.C., Q.C., was well known for his contribution to public life in Canada as a lawyer, politician and banker. He was elected to the House of Commons three times and was a senior cabinet minister in the Canadian government between 2006 and 2010, overseeing portfolios in the areas of industry, the environment and Aboriginal affairs. Described by the prime minister as the “Chief Operating Officer of the Government of Canada,” he chaired the powerful Operations Committee and sat on the Priorities and Planning Committee. He was also the minister responsible for major pipeline projects and the senior political minister from Alberta. He retired from federal politics in 2010 to become the senior executive vice-president and vice-chairman of CIBC. From 2014 to 2015, he was the premier of Alberta. In early 2016 he became an advisor to the private-equity firm Warburg Pincus and a global fellow at the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Jim Prentice died on October 13, 2016, at the age of 60 in a plane crash outside of Kelowna, British Columbia, while returning to his home in Calgary, Alberta. Prentice is survived by his wife, Karen, his three daughters, and his two grandchildren.

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