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Maryon Brechin

About the Interviewee: 
Research Chair and President of Consumers Association. Canada. Received the Order of Canada in 1975 and the U of G Alumnus of Honour in 1982

Maryon Brechin was born on a dairy farm in Nelson, Ontario and attended Macdonald Institute during the depression years. In her interview, she gives a very lively account of her time on campus including anecdotes about residence life, the courses she took, her classmates, entertainment of the day and graduation.

Maryon has had an outstanding career. Following graduation, she taught short courses for the Women’s Institute, worked for Canada Packers, and then the T. Eaton Company where she was in charge of bakery research. During the 1960’s, she became active and instrumental in the development of the Consumers Association of Canada. In 1971, she was elected President of CAC. She has also served as a Director of the Ontario Mortgage Corporation and the Canadian Institute of Public Affairs, and was a member of the Canadian Consumer Council, the Ontario Food Council, the Fisheries Research Board, and the Advisory Council of the Centre for Resource Studies at Queen’s University. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo, Vice-President of the Conservation Council of Ontario, and has served as the Canadian representative to the International Organization of Consumer Unions and the World Health Organization.

Maryon was honoured for her outstanding achievements in consumer affairs by being named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1975, and was recognized as an alumnus of Honour of the University of Guelph in 1982.

College : 
Interview Date: 
R. Wilson
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340152