The Cornerstone of the Community Award honours citizens whose long service to our community has had a lasting impact on life in Saskatoon.
In 2015, the Saskatoon Community Foundation honoured John Cross for his long commitment to our community. His contributions that have changed the face of our community and of agriculture itself. He served as founding Executive Director of POS Pilot Plant Corporation in Saskatoon. He was a founding partner, and later President, CEO, and Chairman of Saskatoon-based Philom Bios Inc., the creator of the world’s first commercial phosphate inoculant.
John has served the community on many boards, including the National Research Council of Canada, the Saskatchewan Research Council, SREDA and Royal University Hospital Foundation. He has also been involved in the Raj Manek Business Mentorship Program, personally mentoring many local entrepreneurs. John has also been inducted into the SABEX Hall of Fame and awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.
John’s contributions to science and business development have changed our province for the better. Even so, his ongoing participation in mentorship and ongoing engagement in building young leaders in business are equally important to his role as a Cornerstone of our Community. Forging connections that lead to success empowers people, makes businesses stronger and creates invaluable opportunities in our community.
Congratulations to John Cross, the 2015 recipient of the Cornerstone of the Community Award! The John Cross 2015 Cornerstone of the Community Fund has been created to commemorate his contributions to our community.