Co-operative Pioneer Peter Murdoch named to the Order of Canada

Jan 13, 2015
Murdoch family

The Office of the Governor General announced Peter Murdoch’s appointment on December 26.  Mr. Murdoch was a veteran Hudson’s Bay Co. clerk who helped start the co-op movement in Nunavik.

Murdoch is receiving the honour for “his contributions to the economic development of the northern regions of Quebec as a driving force behind the co-operative movement,” a Rideau Hall press release said.

Originally from Newfoundland, he moved to the arctic as a young man when he was hired by Hudson’s Bay Co. to work as a clerk in Kimmirut. He also worked in Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Clyde River, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangirsuk, Puvirnituq and Kuujjuaq.

He went on to develop financial systems for co-ops that sprang up in Kuujjuaq, Kangirsuk, Kangiqsualujjuaq and other communities.

In 1967, the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec was founded and Murdoch became its first general manager, serving in that job until his retirement in 1997.

Murdoch will be inducted into the Order of Canada at a ceremony to be held at Rideau Hall some time in 2015.