Ian Aitken has been a solid supporter of the Scottish Community in Montreal for decades.
Serving on Council of the St. Andrew’s Society and then as its President, Ian quietly yet in a businesslike manner introduced new methods to running the Society while at the same time passionately promoting everything the Society did.
He was instrumental in reviving the Montreal Highland Games in 2014 and remains a generous supporter both personally and through his company – Pembroke Management, where he is the President and Chief Executive Officer. He is an organizer of the Alex Hutchison Award for piping, an Honorary Member of the Black Watch Pipes and Drums, a member of the committee establishing the McGill Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies and a Patron of the National Trust for Scotland.
He also has the unique designation of “Keeper of the Quaichs” for the Society. Ian was recognized for his contribution in 2012 when he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In addition to his commitment to the Scottish community,
Ian is devoted to building a more entrepreneurial country and is the Founder and Chairman of Enactus Canada and a Director of the John Dobson Foundation.
Ian spent many summers in the Highlands of Scotland as a child and has been one of Montreal’s links to the old country. He has danced at the Royal Caledonian Ball, been invited to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and facilitated the invitation of many of the Guests of Honour to the St. Andrew’s Ball.
Ian is dedicated to his family. He was married in a kilt and his three children have each been the Page or Flower Girl at the Ball.
Ian’s passionate commitment to promoting the Scottish community and preserving its legacy over many years, in many ways,makes him a model “Scotsman of the Year”.