VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 12, 2012) - The Kaiser Foundation is deeply saddened to announce that its Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Edgar F. Kaiser, Jr. passed away yesterday.
Over the course of a distinguished career as a businessman and entrepreneur, Edgar Kaiser demonstrated a remarkable commitment to public service. He formed the Kaiser Foundation in 1986 to promote a better understanding throughout Canada of the issues relating to addiction and mental health, and for the past 26 years he has led the Foundation to become a leader in its field. His achievements were recognized by an award of the Order of British Columbia in 2003 and in 2005, an honorary doctorate of laws by the University of Victoria.
Mr. Kaiser also served on the Board of the Ottawa-based Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and on the Advisory Board of the B.C. Centre for Addictions Research.
The Foundation's National Awards for Excellence Program commenced in 2005 under the direction of Mrs. Susan M. Kaiser, which celebrates each year the extraordinary work on the part of Canadian organizations, communities, individuals and media in the mental health and addictions field.
The thoughts and sympathies of the Directors and staff of the Foundation are with Mrs. Susan Kaiser and his family.
As a mark of respect the offices of the Foundation will be closed until Monday, January 16, 2012.