David Morton

He then began a forty year career with Alcan, progressing from assistant manager of the company's sheet mill in Banbury to managing director of Alcan U.K. and onwards to finish his career in 1995 as Alcan's first non-North American Chairman and CEO. Along the way he also attended the Centre d'Etudes Industrielles in Geneva and held a number of other positions including Chairman of the International Primary Aluminium Institute and board positons at McCain Foods, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Methanex and COPI, amongst others.

His friends and family will miss his sense of humour, which he always saw as a lubricant to relationship building, his integrity, his enthusiasm and his selection of bow ties befitting of an English gentleman, despite having lived in Canada for 37 years.

He was also well known and loved for his wisdom and mentorship, which he passed on to his friends, children and grandchildren through the use of seemingly throw away lines. These pieces of advice, couched in humour, will live on well beyond his passing. His family would like to thank the medical team at Montreal General Hospital for their care over the years, in particular Dr. Michael Churchill-Smith and Barbara Watson.


In addition special thanks to Maria, Betty Panet-Raymond and his friends at Place Kensington in Westmount, Mount Bruno Country Club and Lac Brule. A celebration of David's life will be held in Montreal at a later date. Published in The Gazette from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2017.


Our thanks to the family of David Morton (1940 – 51) for sending on a copy of the obituary and biography of David Morton who passed away in January 2017.