Walter Nichol was the owner of the Province newspaper from 1901 to 1923 and served as Lieutenant-Governor from 1920 to 1926.
Bentley was also a director and is currently an honorary director of the Bank of Montreal, a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, a Chairman of Sierra Mountain Minerals Inc. (produces SierraSil) and a member of the board of directors of the Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia Hospital Foundation. He also volunteers for numerous organizations.
In 1983 Peter Bentley was recognized for his role in manufacturing, business and finance in British Columbia and made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005 his family was awarded a portion of US21.8 million dollars in restitution payments for the theft of the family's sugar refinery in Austria. The Bentley's also sold this home in 2005, not long after the death of Antoinette Bentley. She died before the restitution was awarded to the family and Peter declined to take any of the money although it was split among his five children.
There is an article online that tells the fascinating story of the Bentleys as well as a bit about another family I will be discussing in a future entry.
Karen Magill, Nichol House, Vancouver, CANFOR, Peter Bentley, the Province, Order of Canada, John Prentice