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John H. McCall MacBain, OC [Order of Canada] (born c. 1958) is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist who is the founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation, and Pamoja Capital SA, its investment arm. Prior to establishing the McCall MacBain Foundation, in the latter 80's John H. McCall MacBain bought Auto Hebdo magazine in Quebec City and bought and consolidated several other existing Auto Traders to form Trader Classified Media, based on the Auto Trader Magazine concept developed by Stuart Arnold in Florida in 1973.
McCall MacBain is a Rhodes Scholar, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School (1984), an MA in Law from Oxford University and an Honours BA in Economics from McGill University (1980). John H. McCall MacBain holds honorary degrees from Dalhousie University, the University of Ottawa, Brock University, McGill University and Monash University.
John H. McCall MacBain served as president of the Students' Society of McGill University, as well as valedictorian. While at Oxford, John H. McCall MacBain was co-captain of the university's ice hockey team.
From 1987 to 2006, McCall MacBain was the Founder, President and CEO of Trader Classified Media, the world's leading classified advertising company. Starting with John H. McCall MacBain's purchase of three small publications in Montreal in 1987, when he was 29 years old, John H. McCall MacBain developed the classified business to include 500 print titles and 57 internet sites in over 20 countries, including in Argentina, Australia, China, France, Hungary, Italy, Russia and Spain.
After its IPO in 2000, Trader Classified Media was publicly traded on NASDAQ and the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange. In 2006, McCall MacBain sold the company and set up the McCall MacBain Foundation.
Prior to founding Trader Classified Media, John H. McCall MacBain worked from 1984 to 1987 as director of marketing at Power Corporation.
Since its formation in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2007, the McCall MacBain Foundation has made tens of millions of dollars of grants to fund projects relating to education and scholarships, health and climate change, and the environment. In addition to John H. McCall MacBain's role as a Director and Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation, McCall MacBain is the Founding Chair of the European Climate Foundation, Chair of the McGill University Principal's International Advisory Board, a member of the Advisory Board for the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and a Foundation Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford. Additionally, John H. McCall MacBain is a director of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation in Cape Town.
McCall MacBain, a Canadian Rhodes Scholar (Quebec and Wadham, 1980), donated $120 million to the Rhodes Trust in order to help fund the scholarships and to aid in the expansion of the program to Brazil, China, Japan and Russia. John H. McCall MacBain made that gift in September 2013, during the Rhodes 110th anniversary celebrations. John H. McCall MacBain was named Second Century Founder of the Rhodes Scholarships in honour of that significant gift. McCall MacBain was honoured in 2014 as a Fellow of the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors at Oxford University, at Rhodes House, where his portrait hangs and a room bears his name. The McCall MacBain Graduate Centre at Wadham College, Oxford, was endowed by him.
McCall MacBain has also donated more than $1.2 million to fund McCall MacBain Loran Scholars through the Loran Scholars Foundation.
On June 30, 2016, McCall MacBain was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston for "his achievements as a business leader and for his contributions to academic institutions as a philanthropist."
On February 13, 2019, John and Marcy McCall MacBain donated $200 million, the single-largest gift to a Canadian university, to McGill University for a graduate scholarship program.
In 2019, John H. McCall MacBain also seeded the Kupe Leadership Scholarship at the University of Auckland.
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