Oland, Victor de Bedia

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Oland, Victor de Bedia

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Victor Oland was born in 1913 to Sidney Culverwell Oland and Linda deBedia. He married Nancy Jane Metcalf in 1939, with whom he had four children: Sidney, Peter, Susan, and Victoria.

At the age of 20, Victor received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and then went to Pembroke College in Oxford, England. Victor joined the Reserve in 1946 and retired in 1950. During that time, he served in the South Pacific, attached to the United States Forces. In 1956, he rejoined and remained active in the Reserve until 1960, when he retired permanently with the rank of Brigadier.

Victor was President and General Manager of Oland and Son Limited. In 1968, he resigned as President of the breweries to become the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Like all of the members of the Oland family, Victor Oland was actively involved with many different organizations. His positions included: President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the International Chamber of Commerce; Vice-President and Director of Canada Council; a member of the Canadian-American Committee; Director of Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition; Vice-President of the Canadian Olympic Association; President of the Canadian Tourist Association; member of the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University; and Honorary Consul-General of Japan in Halifax. He was also a member of the Corps of Commissionaires; a charter member of the Halifax Junior Board of Trade; President of the Halifax Board of Trade; Chairman of the Halifax 1980 Committee (the city planning group that was formed in 1960 for the purposes of planning the city of 1980); and was Vice Commodore of the Nova Scotia Schooner Association. He also chaired the drive for the new wing of the Halifax Infirmary.

Victor is touted as the person that was responsible for convincing Maritime Cans Limited to build their plant in Dartmouth. This enabled Oland and Son Limited to be the first brewery in Canada to use aluminium cans for their products. He passed away in 1983.


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