Sonja Bata died 20. 2. 2018.
Educated in Zurich, Switzerland.
Studied architecture at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.
Married Thomas J. Bata, C.C., shoe manufacturer – 1 son (Thomas George), 3 daughters (Monica, Christine, Rosemarie).
Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, June 1983.
Hon. Captain (N), 1989.
Hon. Doctor of Laws, Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, 2002.
Hon. Doctor of Laws, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1999.
Hon. Doctor of Laws, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 1994
Hon. Doctor of Laws, York University, Toronto, Ontario, 1992.
Hon. Doctor of Humane Letters, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, 1989.
Hon. Doctor of Laws, Wilson College, PA, USA.
Hon. Diploma for Applied Arts & Technology, Loyalist College, Belleville, Ontario, 1969
Member, Board of Directors, Bata Shoe Organization, Toronto, Ontario.
Vice-Chairman, Bata Shoe Foundation.
Chairman, Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, Toronto, Ontario.
Chairman, Advisory Board, Erivan K. Haub Program in Business and the Environment
Provincial Ontario Chair, Canadian Forces Liaison Council
Vice-Chairman, Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Member, Board of Governors, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario.
Member, Board of Directors, The Atlantic Council of Canada, Toronto
Member, Board of Governors, Junior Achievement of Canada, Toronto, Ontario,
Honorary Chairman, World Wildlife Fund (Canada), Toronto, Ontario,
Member, Advisory Board, Community Foundation of Greater Toronto.
Member, Advisory Council, The Council for Business and the Arts in Canada, Toronto, Ontario.
Member, Canadian Advisory Council, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, Calgary, Alberta.
Honorary Life Member, North York General Hospital Foundation, North York, Ontario.
Honorary Member, Board of Governors, Toronto French School, Toronto, Ontario.
Member of the Board of Trustees, The Mentor Foundation, Geneva,
1979-1999 Member, Board of Directors, Alcan Aluminium Limited, Montreal, Quebec.
1983-1997 Member, Board of Directors, CT Financial, London, Ontario.
1981-1996 Member, Advisory Council, The Council for Canadian Unity, Montreal, Quebec.
1971-1991 Member, Board of Trustees, World Wildlife Fund International, Switzerland. (Member of the Executive for several years and Chairman of the International Fund Raising Committee).
1978-1991 Director, Canadian Commercial Corporation, Ottawa, Ontario.
1984-1990 Director, Canadian Club of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
1979-1997 Member, Board of Governors, North York General Hospital, North York, Ontario.
(Vice-Chairman, 1988-1993; Chairman, Governors’ Council, 1993-1997)
1976-1985 Member, Board of Governors, York University, Toronto, Ontario.
1984 Vice-Chairman, Ontario Bicentennial Advisory Commission, Toronto, Ontario.
1976-1980 Member, National Board, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Montreal, Quebec.
(Executive Council 1976-1978).
1964-1976 Member, National Design Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
1968-1974 Member, Board of Trustees, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.
1953-1964 Active in the Girl guide World Association. (Member of Western Hemisphere
Committee and World Finance Committee). Received highest award in India
The Ernst & Young Life Time Achievement Award, 2001
Honorary Associate Award, Conference Board of Canada, 1995
Prime Mentors of Canada Award, 1995
North York Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Award, 1992
McClure International Service Award, 1991
Canadian Business Hall of Fame Award, 1991
CESO Award for International Development, 1990
Shoe Person of the Year Award, 1985
B’Nai Brith Humanitarian Award, 1984
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, Rotary International, 1983
Silver Medal of the United Nations Environmental Programme, 1982