Fredrik Eaton

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Person.png Fredrik Eaton  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, businessman)
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedFebruary 20, 2021 (Age 82)
Alma materUniversity of New Brunswick
Attended 3 Bilderbergs around when he was Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Employment.png Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

In office
1991 - 1994
Preceded byDonald MacDonald
Attended the 1990 Bilderberg, and one before and after this tenure

Fredrik Stefan Eaton was a Canadian businessman and former diplomat who was a member of the once prominent Eaton family. He was the great-grandson of Eaton's department store founder Timothy Eaton.

Life and career

He was born in Toronto to John David Eaton and Signy Steffanson Eaton, and he was raised in the Forest Hill area. His mother was of Icelandic descent.[1] He had three brothers: John Craig Eaton, George Ross Eaton, and Thor Edgar Eaton.

In 1962, Eaton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick and started working as a salesman at Eaton's in British Columbia. From 1977 to 1988, he was the chairman, president and CEO of Eaton's.

He was Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1991 to 1994. In 1993, he was appointed Chancellor of the University of New Brunswick and served for two terms of five years.

He married Catherine "Nicky" Eaton and had two children: Fredrik D'Arcy Eaton, who lives in Toronto and is head of the Catherine and Fredrik Eaton Charitable Foundation, and Flora Catherine Eaton Coakley, who lives in New York City.

Eaton lived with his family in a townhouse in Toronto, and owned a country estate in Caledon, Ontario, a cottage on Georgian Bay, and a winter home in Florida. He was one of the most public members of the Eaton Family, and he attended social events and endowed many institutions philanthropically.


In 1990, Eaton was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for having "contributed to many aspects of Canadian life. Through his leadership in a variety of organizations, in fields as diverse as those of business, education, nature, health care and the arts, he is continuing his family's tradition of exemplary service to the public."[2] In 2001, he was awarded the Order of Ontario for his "contributions in numerous areas including health care and the arts".


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/198724 April 198726 April 1987Italy
35th Bilderberg, in Italy, 106 participants
Bilderberg/199010 May 199013 May 1990New York
Glen Cove
38th Bilderberg meeting, 119 guests
Bilderberg/199630 May 19962 June 1996Canada
The 44th Bilderberg, held in Canada