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In 1974, at the age of 57, Commander Charles (Chuck) N. Mawer started Mawer & Associates. His mantra—“Do the right thing”—differentiated his new firm from other investment managers. He believed that above all else, if the firm always did the right thing by clients, success would follow.

Chuck’s life is a storied one. He was born in 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Upon graduating high school in the year 1935, he joined Richardson Graves as a CA Articling Student, and, a year later joined the Naval Reserve as a midshipman. From 1936 to the end of World War II he served in staff operations and as a gunnery officer aboard the HMCS Haida—a Tribal-class destroyer that saw battle in the English Channel and escorted troop convoys to France on D-Day.

Upon his retirement from the Navy, Chuck held the rank of Commander and received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions overseas. He rejoined Richardson Graves in 1945 to complete his accounting training and subsequently worked at the Mannix Company, Tanner & Company, and finally McLeod Young Weir, where he remained until 1974, serving as the manager of the Calgary office and Alberta Director.

Chuck married Mary “Nibs” Graveley in 1940, and together they raised four children: Stephanie, Pamela, Peter and Martha. They were married for 62 years until Mary’s passing in 2002. Chuck retired from the Firm in 1995 at the age of 78. He passed away on October 29, 2006. Both Chuck and Mary are still survived by two of their children and their spouses, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

It’s his unrivaled integrity that continues to guide us today.