George W. Hungerford, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C., is a partner at Hungerford Properties, a Vancouver based real estate development and investment company. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984, was appointed Queen’s Council in 1991 and received the Order of British Columbia in 2013.
His accomplishments in the community span sports, social service and law, with many notable distinctions. George is an olympic gold medalist in rowing (1964), and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (1964). He is a recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy (1964) as Canada’s outstanding athlete, and has been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame (1966), and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1990).
George has been a longstanding contributor to social services and charitable work in British Columbia, most prominently, The Salvation Army. In 1999 he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition of Exceptional Service, the highest award offered to non-Salvationists, by The Salvation Army, Canada and Bermuda Territory, and in 2014 he was awarded the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service, the highest award offered to non-Salvationists by The Salvation Army International Headquarters.
George’s community involvement includes being the founding chair of Pacific Salmon Foundation (1987) and he continues as a director. He is also a Canadian Commissioner to the Canadian Section of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (2011 to present).
Other community involvement includes chair of the UBC Rowing Boathouse (2002 to present) for the fundraising, construction and operation of the facility, director of 2010 Olympic Games Operating Trust (2006 to present), chair of the Major Gifts Campaign for BC Cancer Foundation (1997 to 2002 and vice-chair of the Capital Fundraising campaign for Science World (now Telus World of Science) (1987 to 1991).
Other awards of distinction include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal (2002), Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal (2012), and the BC Community Achievement Award (2010), Province of BC, to recognize his commitment to building stronger communities.