Gilbert Finn, OC, businessman, lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick 1987–1994 (born 3 September 1920 in Inkerman Ferry, NB; died 7 January 2015).
Gilbert Finn, OC, businessman, lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick 1987–1994 (born 3 September 1920 in Inkerman Ferry, NB; died 7 January 2015). An Acadian, Finn was educated at Laval and joined Assumption Mutual Life Assurance Co in 1950. He stayed there for 37 years, eventually becoming president, CEO and chairman of the board. Under his guidance Assumption became one of the largest companies in Atlantic Canada.
Finn earned a reputation as a solid businessman and became increasingly involved in a variety of business ventures. In addition, he spent much time in a public-service capacity, serving on the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and the Economic Council of Canada, was president of the Université de Moncton and was active in Acadian and New Brunswick community groups. His service to his people and province was rewarded with membership in the Order of Canada. Upon his retirement in 1987 he was appointed lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick, the second person of Acadian descent to be so honoured. He served in this capacity until 1994.