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Convocation date: October 26, 2002
Discipline / contribution: business and industry ; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Barrie Wigmore was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1941 and raised there. He received his Bachelor of Education (1962) and Bachelor of Arts (1963) degrees from the University of Saskatchewan with concentrated study in history and mathematics. He was President of the College of Education and Public Relations Officer on the Student Council while a student. He earned a Master of Arts degree (1964) in History from the University of Oregon and a B.A. (1966) in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford. He was awarded an M.A. (Oxon) in 1971.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
In 1970 he joined Goldman Sachs, one of the worlds preeminent investment banking firms, in New York and became a General Partner in 1978. He oversaw its corporate finance activities in the electric, gas, pipeline, and telecommunications industries around the world and handled some of the largest mergers in U.S. history at the time, as well as the privatizations of British Gas and British Electricity. He also worked on U.S. financing for the Province of Saskatchewan for many years. He became a Retired Partner in 1988 and still maintains an office at Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Wigmore has a wide variety of outside interests. He has authored many academic articles and two books, The Crash and Its Aftermath, A History of Securities Markets in the United States, 1929-1933 (1986, Greenwood Press) and Securities Markets in the 1980s (1997, Oxford University Press). He has been a director of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan since it became public in 1989, as well as a director of several other companies. He was a founding trustee of the Progressive Policy Institute that played an important role in formulating Governor Bill Clinton’s policies when he first ran for President in 1992. He is Chairman of the American Friends of Worcester College — his Oxford college — and is an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College.
Mr. Wigmore and his wife, Deedee, have funded the Fred H. Wigmore professorship in Surgery in the College of Medicine in honour of his father, a Moose Jaw surgeon. They are supporters of the annual Prairie Festival of Words in Moose Jaw, co-sponsors of the permanent Saskatchewan exhibit at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, and maintain an on-going interest in the province and the University.
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