James Young Murdoch
James Young Murdoch, lawyer, mining executive (b at Toronto 29 July 1890; d there 18 Apr 1962). A graduate of Osgoode Hall, Murdoch practised mining law in the Toronto firm Holden and Murdoch 1913-62; he was created King's Counsel in 1929. He drafted the incorporation of NORANDA Inc and served as its first president 1923 to 1956, when he became chairman. Murdoch expanded and diversifed Noranda's original copper-mining interest in Québec through various investments. In WWII he held senior positions in 2 wartime crown corporations, was president of the National War Services Funds Advisory Board, chairman of the National War Services Committee of the YMCA and was awarded an OBE. Murdochville, Québec, was named after him in 1952, and for his contribution to the mining industry in Canada he received the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy's Blaylock Medal.