John Simpson is Chairman Owner and CEO of the CANA Group of Companies. Founded in 1942, CANA is a family owned private construction services and development company.
John represented Canada in the international show jumping arena from 1972 until retiring in 1982 to commence his career in the family business. He is perhaps most famous for his jumping horse “Texas” who was a quarter horse. John represented Canada in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, the 1978 World Show Jumping Championships in Aachen Germany, and the 1979 Pam American Games, winning a Silver medal.
In 2005, John was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.
In 2008, John was inducted into the Spruce Meadows Hall of Fame. The Southern family said: “With deep appreciation and fond affection for the extraordinary and wide-ranging contributions you have made to Spruce Meadows as an athlete, visionary and genuine builder of the venue”.
As a result of his years of community service, John has received an Honorary Degree – Bachelor of Applied Small Business and Entrepreneurship from Mount Royal University, as well as an Honorary Degree – Doctors of Laws from the University of Calgary.
Through Simpson Ranching, John continues to make his mark in agriculture in Alberta. His two children, Christie and Luke, are fully involved in the family business and the ranching operation.
John is a generous philanthropist, donating money to Calgary charities and educational institutions. He enjoys riding, shooting, fishing, golfing and travelling the world.