Most people talk about Peter J. Nygård, Chairman of NYGÅRD (International), in terms of his classic rags-to-riches story – the Finnish immigrants' son, who stitched up an empire out of women's clothing and is now the quintessential self-made man. This story overlooks another side of Peter Nygård – a hard driven man who has created a standard of excellence for the Canadian Women’s Fashion Industry, whose label is the #1 recognized label in the Canadian marketplace, and whose signature is recognized in fashion centres across the globe.

Peter Nygård’s success story began when he gathered his life savings and borrowed $8,000 capital to purchase 20% of a women’s garment manufacturer with $800,000 in annual sales, which within a few years he owned outright - renaming it 'NYGÅRD' & turning it around from near bankruptcy into the bustling dynasty that it is today! The speed with which Nygård claimed his #1 position in the industry is attributed to the uniqueness of his business decisions and his work ethic that includes 14-16 hour days/seven days a week. But then again, as Nygård says, "The only time you are working is when you wish you were doing something else".







 

Welcome to the exciting World of 
Peter Nygård!

Peter Nygard Was A Knight In Shining Armor To His Sister, Liisa

Liisa & Peter
“It makes me want to cry to think that I am fortunate enough to have a big brother like Peter.”
(Liisa Nygard Johnson)

Peter Nygard is one of two children of Eeli and Hilkka Nygard. The other was Liisa. Peter Nygard and his sister grew up very close to each other. Unfortunately, Liisa passed away earlier this year.

This is what Liisa said about Peter Nygard in 2018 and how he became her knight in shining armor on discovering that she had cancer: “When I found out last year that I had metastasized breast cancer, I didn’t know if I would make it to this year. When my brother found out, he jumped into action. Thank God for my brother. He has helped me with it and I’m marching on to good health.

“Peter is the kind of person that has to dig deep into everything. He’s not just satisfied with what’s on the surface. He is doing so much for me on this health quest. I had bad cataracts and he lined up an appointment for me to have a cataract removed. What a miracle that is. Peter has given me a whole new lease on life!

“He becomes like an angel around you. He wants to see people happy and not hurting. It makes me want to cry to think that I was fortunate enough to have a brother like him. He’s been like my guru and someone that I have looked up to my whole life. I’m here today as a cancer survivor thanks to my brother Peter.”

Given who Peter Nygard is with such a kind-hearted nature, it should be no surprise that he wanted to share his business success with his sister. So, Peter Nygard helped Liisa to establish a home-based business. With Liisa’s smarts and savvy, her business took off and became a multi-million-dollar success in no time.

Liisa once expressed that she didn’t expect it to grow as much as it did and become so
successful. She was grateful to her brother Peter Nygard, who she called her mentor and
cheerleader.

The saying ‘don’t mix family and business’ is due to the many failed business relationships with family members that abound. It is commonly felt that it is extremely difficult to make any type of a business arrangement with family members succeed. However, for Liisa and Peter Nygard, there were no challenges in that regard, which is a testament to their level of trust for each otherand Peter Nygard’s desire to always look out for the wellbeing of Liisa.

How Canadian Government Leaders Grew To Trust Peter Nygard’s Perspective

Usually there tends to be an uneasy alliance between a government and its business leaders. If it was always smooth sailing between these two groups, lobbyists wouldn’t exist in the world today. So when a government can rely on a business leader to have a business focus that aligns with their governmental goals, it’s invaluable.

Peter Nygard provided the Canadian Government with that invaluable opportunity. Peter
Nygard’s magnanimous nature meant he cared not only about his own workers, but the industry and the country as a whole. This was always on display in the way he communicated and by the actions he took.

There are three core factors that made the Canadian Government take notice of Peter Nygard and invite him to help them with their governmental goals:

1 - Peter Nygard cared about the apparel industry. This was on display from very early on in his career when he established the Manitoba Fashion Institute with a mission of improving the economic climate for everyone. His message to his fellow apparel principals was ‘let’s come together and help the industry succeed’.

2 - Peter Nygard was trusted among his industry stakeholders. Several industry associations in Canada had him serve as their organizations’ leader or serving on executive boards of the various industry associations and organizations.

3 - Peter Nygard wrote a white paper on free trade that presented a perspective that was good for Canada and not focused on what was best for his business. While other industry stakeholders opposed the idea of free trade, which posed a challenge for the Canadian Government’s interest in free trade back in the 1980s, Peter Nygard advocated for it and presented how and why it was good for the country as a whole.

These factors led to the Canadian Government wanting to have Peter Nygard as a partner in helping them to explore the idea of free trade. There was no doubt that he was the right person to help them in their deliberations, since in 1983, Peter Nygard stated in a speech, “The focus, therefore, must not be on whether to have free trade, but on what terms to have it.”

In 1984, the Canadian Government appointed Peter Nygard as the co-chairman of a fifteen-member task force created to make recommendations to the federal government concerning long-term industrial strategies for Canada’s textile and clothing industries.

This was only the beginning of a long-term relationship of trust. For many years, Peter Nygard represented the Canadian Government abroad as a trusted trade representative.

Peter Nygard’s Reputation As An Honest Broker Garnered Industry Participants’ Respect

One of the things that makes Peter Nygard unique as a businessman is that while he was driven to be the best, he always sought ways to make improvements in the apparel industry in Canada that would benefit even his competitors.

In a world where competition is everything and many businesses fight dirty, it’s a rare thing to care about other people in your industry. But not for one businessman: Peter Nygard cared.

In an effort to have everyone in the industry come together to make improvements in the
industry, early in his fashion career, Peter Nygard founded the Manitoba Fashion Institute with a mission of improving the economic climate for everyone. His industry work didn’t stop there.

Industry participants grew to respect Peter Nygard not just for his success, but for his sound ideas and desire to help everyone excel. The level of respect and trust Peter Nygard garnered among his peers meant they wanted him on practically every association board and industry organization that were instituted and developed over the years. Even in the industry organizations where Peter Nygard was not the president or chairman, he served on its executive board.

In discussing the ‘dark side of competition, Entrepreneur Kelly Richardson writing for Forbes expressed, “Sometimes evil competitors will try to destroy your good reputation, cause you direct financial loss or simply sabotage your business processes or tools. There’s no shortage of ways this can come to fruition…. It’s safe to say that some competitors will stop at nothing to ruin your business.” (“ The Dark Side of Business Competition and What to Do About It ”).

This is the norm for many industries. But for Peter Nygard, a business man with an uncommon kind-hearted nature, he wanted no part of a cut-throat industry culture. That is why he found ways to bring industry stakeholders together to work together to make sure the industry as a whole remained viable and sustainable.

Peter Nygard already had a reputation for being a fair and ‘honest broker’. So it’s no surprise that industry persons would be open to and accept his overtures for them to work together for everyone’s best interest. What made them really listen was Nygard’s ability to achieve the level of unprecedented business success that he had.

The fact that Peter Nygard was not afraid to work alongside the competition and help everyone to survive speaks once again to his caring nature and big-heartedness. It’s no wonder that industry leaders welcomed his efforts, always cooperated and made sure he was a strategic part of all of their industry associations and efforts.

Peter Nygard’s Success Driven By His Big-Hearted Nature

The theories on achieving success are varied and abundant. What’s not been theorized about is
the route that Peter Nygard unwittingly took—that is seeking continuous improvements to help
others, which inadvertently led to his success.

There are numerous reports over the fifty years of Nygard’s business that reflects that ‘trying to
make lots of money’ was not what motivated Peter Nygard to achieve success. Achieving the
level of unprecedented success that he has achieved was a result of Nygard implementing
constant innovations, setting industry benchmarks and always staying ahead of the curve.
When Peter Nygard became known as the ‘King of Polyester’, at a time when polyester was a
thing, it was because he perfected it. And what drove him to perfect it? Peter Nygard wanted to
find a way to make the housewife’s life easier. He wanted to offer clothing that did not need
ironing.

However, he knew it wasn’t enough to simply make it wrinkle free. Peter Nygard had to make it
stylish enough for housewives to want to buy it and wear it and so that’s what he did. As a result,
his stylish polyester styles were very popular, and the industry labeled him the ‘King of
Polyester’.

With his breakthrough new pant called SLIMS , Peter Nygard wanted to create a pant that made
women feel good about how they looked in their clothes. A pant that flattened the tummy, etc.,
and his exclusive Slimcurve Technology in so many attractive styles became so popular that
Peter Nygard achieved a million sales in three short years. Today this pant is still flying off the
shelves faster than ever.

Another of Peter Nygard’s big hearted efforts not only helped to achieve business success it also
won him a technology award. He wanted to make work life easier for his accounting associates
by eliminating a lot of the paperwork and manual processes they had to use. In order to create a
paperless method, Peter Nygard hired developers to develop an electronic purchase order system.
It tied together vendor sales and production orders that connected to the company’s financial
system and so it didn’t require paper invoicing.

Peter Nygard’s new software and system was created using Microsoft tools and Epicor. As a
result, NYGÅRD International won a Microsoft award in 2002 for building ‘next generation
applications using Microsoft tools’.

These are just some of the examples of how Peter Nygard’s success came about as a result of his
big-hearted nature.

Peter Nygard Gave 20 Plus Million to Cancer Awareness, Research And Eradication Projects


It is estimated that 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive on January 1, 2016, according to a 2018 report from the American Cancer Society. Cancer is a challenge encountered by many individuals in the world today, and it is one of the leading causes of death in both Canada and the United States.

The battle to eradicate cancer is one that Peter Nygard takes very seriously: “Breast cancer has been our major charity theme for 25 years. It’s a disease that affects our customers, so we will continue to fund research and development” (Peter Nygard).

So what does 25 years of giving add up to? More than 20 million dollars. Some business owners are known to be pretty philanthropic; however, Peter Nygard’s giving of twenty million dollars of profits to a cause on behalf of his company’s customers is really generous.

Archive pictures show that in 2003 alone Peter Nygard gave over a million dollars to cancer research and eradication. One picture shows a check for $650,000 being presented to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and another shows a check for $400,000 being presented to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

Here are some of the projects established, sponsorships given and organizations who received cancer-related donations from Peter Nygard.

-         Establishment of Nygard International Molecular Biology Breast Cancer Research Unit
-         Establishment of Manitoba Breast Tumour Bank
-         Establishment of an Endowment Fund
-         Breast Cancer Research
-         CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
-         National Breast Cancer Foundation
-         Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
-         Run for the Cure
-         Mobile Mammography Unit

He funded a rural program aimed at reaching more people. Peter Nygard purchased a vehicle for a traveling mammography unit that goes out to remote areas in the Province of Manitoba to provide testing to those who might otherwise not have access. “Essentially, we’re there all the way from diagnosis to cure” (Peter Nygard).

Nygard also donated money raised through the sales of his popular SLIMs line and fashion show tickets over the years. One of Peter Nygard’s most recent donations was at his 50th Anniversary gala night, where he donated $100,000 for breast cancer research, which he does every year.

Since Peter Nygard adopted breast cancer eradication as his cause of choice, he has donated more than 20 million dollars to this effort.

For his generosity and partnership on projects for cancer awareness, cancer research and cancer eradication, Peter Nygard has received numerous awards from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and other organizations.

7 Things We Can Learn About Peter Nygard From His Giving

It’s one thing for individuals to donate a few hundred here and a few hundred there to a cause; but when you get to the point of donating millions of dollars to various causes that says a whole lot about who you are.

So, who do you have to be to give generously of yourself the way Peter Nygard does? We’ve learned 7 core things about who Peter Nygard is from his perpetual giving to individuals in need of medical treatment, athletes in need of sponsorship and various other causes to improve their lives.

1 - We’ve discovered that Peter Nygard truly has a kind heart. There are hundreds even thousands of beneficiaries of Peter Nygard’s giving over his lifetime. For the many individuals who’ve benefitted as a result, they likely agree with William Shakespeare who said, “A good heart is worth gold.”

2 - Peter Nygard wants others to be able to achieve their dreams. His commitment to helping others live their dream and achieve success suggests a lack of jealousy and selfishness.

3 - Peter Nygard doesn’t discriminate in his giving. ‘Ask and it is given.’ As long as it’s a true cause and a true need, he gives.

4 - At the same time, Peter Nygard doesn’t always wait to be asked. He sees the need and he steps in to help.

5 - Peter Nygard believes that others should be able to benefit from his wealth. While many wealthy people give, few give to the tune of millions. We know from Nygard’s story as a poor kid that sharing what he has is really important to him.

6 - Peter Nygard has a great ability to show empathy. He empathizes with others and the pain they are going through. As a result, Peter Nygard will go to great lengths to help them avoid the pain and suffering in their lives, like paying a Mayo Clinic medical bill for cancer treatment for a mere acquaintance—treatment that can add up to more than one hundred thousand.

7 - There is no doubt that Peter Nygard is selfless. Any man that is prepared to give away tens of millions of dollars to various individuals and causes in a world so full of hate and meanness, is truly a selfless man. Peter Nygard thinks of how he can help others live improved lives just like he has had the opportunity to do.

Peter Nygard has selflessly given to many over the years like a number of athletes, community projects, the developmentally challenged, cancer eradication projects and treatments, and many individuals’ medical treatment. And that’s only the stuff we know about.

Albert Einstein said it best when he said, “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”

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Helping Is What Peter Nygard Does, Ask Finnish Veterans

Like all Finns, Peter Nygard is a proud Finn, and every Finn has a right to be. As a whole, Finns
are known to possess a special quality that they call “sisu”, which is demonstrating resolve,
tenacity, a grit. Sharing a border with Russia, they’ve had to. Sisu has served them well
throughout their history.

Finland proved itself to be a tiny but mighty nation in its efforts to keep the Soviet Union at bay.
They repelled every attempt to subjugate them. How they managed it is impressive. An example
of one tactic this David used against the Soviet Goliath during the ‘Winter War’ was to use bed
sheets as a covering to blend in with the snow. Adept skiers, the Finn soldiers maneuvered
through the forests to successfully launch small attacks on the Soviet’s soldiers and their
equipment.

Throughout all of the Finn-Soviet conflicts, the Soviet Union’s grasp remained elusive even with
the Soviets overwhelming numbers and equipment. And while Finland was not able to win any
outright, Finnish soldiers were able to deliver significant damage to the Soviet soldiers during
several of their battles. As a result, treaties were created to settle things, and a quiet uneasiness
followed the years of battles.

The Finns achievements were extraordinary, but there was a reluctance to publicly laud the Finn
soldiers’ successful efforts to keep the Soviets at bay. The Finns understood the risk of poking
the bear. While they were being cared for over the years, some Finnish veterans still felt
forgotten; that is until Peter Nygard stepped into the picture.

Though warned against any public displays, Peter Nygard wanted to celebrate the victorious
efforts of his compatriots in keeping Finland an independent nation. In 1994, Peter Nygard and
his Mom, Hilkka, returned to his birthplace for a visit. Wanting to find a way to pay homage to
the veterans of the Winter War in Finland, to show his gratitude for their service, Peter Nygard
invited a former Miss Finland to visit the war veterans’ home along with him.

An April 1994 Finnish newspaper article entitled “Peter Nygard and Tanja Vienonen visit the
War Veterans,” describes how veterans were teary eyed and touched at being remembered. Peter
Nygard communicated to them that he wanted to help in any way he could.

Following that visit Peter Nygard donated medical and electrical beds to the veterans’ home and
continued to give generously to various veteran causes in Finland over the years.

Peter Nygard is said to attribute his own success to the Finns successful fight for freedom and
references them in many of his speeches. As a result of his efforts to show appreciation to them,
the Finnish veterans love Peter Nygard and have recognized him with a number of awards to
show their appreciation.

This is yet another example of Peter Nygard’s generous nature to give wherever he can.

Helping is definitely what Peter Nygard does.

The inspiring story of Hilkka Nygard


Child of Lamposaari is an authorized Biography of Nygard Fashion Matriarch Hilkka Nygard. The book details the remarkable life of Hilkka Kanerva Nygard, who left her beloved Finland and came to Canada with her husband Eli and their two children, Peter and Liisa, to escape the threat of Communist domination.

Child of Lamposaari is not only a tribute to Canadian immigrant mothers everywhere, but also a tribute to the lands they left behind and to the great country to which they came.

See the book on Amazon here.

Canadian Embassy Remained Open In Finland Thanks In Part To Peter Nygard

A good sign that someone is a genuinely kind person is that they always go above and beyond
the call of duty. Peter Nygard’s entire life is marked by him going above and beyond, doing
“more than one is required or expected to do” (Merriam-Webster).

This propensity to continuously help is ingrained in him. Peter Nygard only need hear that there
is a person in need or a situation in need of help and he steps in and steps up to assist. It’s exactly
what he did with Finland. While visiting Finland, Peter Nygard learned that there were plans to
close the Canadian Embassy. So he stepped in to help.

Award-winning Finnish reporter Rita Tainola interviewed Peter Nygard on one of his visits to
Finland. She reported that Peter Nygard was partly to thank for the Canadian Embassy in Finland
staying open and reported on his efforts to assist: “Sad news came a while ago when Canada said it will close its Embassy. ‘I did my utmost so that the Canadian government would not do it. I called the Canadian Prime Minister directly and the highest authorities, and I sent lots of letters. But Canadian Finns also did a great job as well as your Foreign Ministry.’ Nygard says. And so it happened that they did not close the Canadian Embassy.”

Peter Nygard grew up in Canada; yet he felt the need to extend himself to help his birth country
even though no one had asked him to. All of Nygard’s investments were in Canada and
elsewhere, but it didn’t matter to him. Helping is what Peter Nygard does.

Some investors and business executives tend to care only about issues that relate to their business
or that would help increase their profits. Not Peter Nygard. It is clear from the many
demonstrations of him going above and beyond to assist people in all sorts of areas, like sports,
like community development, like with cancer eradication, like education, and like with all sorts
of medical challenges, that he genuinely cares.

To top it off, Peter Nygard doesn’t just help within his local community, he helps on a global
scale with countries everywhere like with giving business loans in Asia and helping veterans in
Finland, and donating to cancer causes in Canada, and contributing to community development
and sponsoring athletes in The Bahamas.

It appears that going above and beyond the call of duty is Peter Nygard’s sense of duty.

Peter Nygard's unequalled civilian support of the military

On Friday, December 2 2005 @ a gala dinner and fashion show at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg's own cavalry regiment, the Fort Garry Horse formally recognized Peter Nygard for the leadership and support he has demonstrated toward the Canadian military by appointing him Honorary Captain to the legendary Fort Garry Horse Regiment and elected Senator to the Fort Garry Horse Regiment Senate

LCol Sabatier, Commanding Officer of the Fort Garry Horse regiment said "Mr. Nygard, your track record as a supporter of Canada’s serving soldiers and your willingness to share a visible affiliation with one of Winnipeg’s proud Reserve Regiments not only serves as an encouragement to my Regiment’s soldiers, but to the Canadian military as a whole … for the leadership and support you have shown towards the Reserves and our Regiment. We would like to also extend the offer to serve as a Senator and advisor to our Regiment, and future Commanding Officers within our Regiment, as your duties and time allow.

When presenting the Honorary Captain scroll Col Solar remarked "the awards are being presented based on Peter Nygard's unequalled civilian support of the military & his outstanding philanthropic humanitarian efforts." Mr. Nygard was humbled by the honour and graciously accepted both prestigious awards.

The Story Behind Peter Nygard’s Generous And Endless Giving

There are a number of really caring individuals in the world who give so much of themselves and/or share their wealth in generous ways. You can’t help but wonder what makes some people so giving and others, not so much.

Peter Nygard is known to be one of those individuals who is really kindhearted and giving. What makes Peter Nygard share so much of his wealth with others and where did it all begin?  The story is told that the Nygard family emigrated from Finland to Canada with very little. They had a rough start. Peter Nygard’s family’s first home was a former coal storage bin that was thirteen by fifteen feet. There was a coal stove in the center of the back wall that was used for cooking and staying warm. Next to it was a rusty barrel full of melting snow, most of the time, that was boiled and used for washing and bathing in a galvanized tub. And they had to use an outdoor toilet.

While there is no doubt that our lives are shaped by our experiences as kids, the same experiences of different individuals tend to impact each individual’s life differently. Peter Nygard’s experiences impacted him in a particular way. Clearly, Peter Nygard was poor during his childhood. However, the family managed to make great strides through hard work and determination, and Peter Nygard was able to rise above his initial circumstances.

When asked once about his tendency to give so much Peter Nygard told the following story: “As a boy, I had a friend whose parents owned a restaurant. One day I went with him to the restaurant. There were so many delicious smells. My friend put two slices of bread in the toaster.  I was so hungry; I just knew one of those slices was for me. When they were done, my friend buttered the first piece of toast and began eating it. I stood there trying to be patient, but my mouth was watering waiting for my toast. Then, he took the second slice out of the toaster. He buttered it. He took a bite, and then ate the whole thing. I was so disappointed. I never forgot that moment. I told myself, ‘Peter, if you ever have an opportunity to share your second piece of toast, you share your second piece of toast!’”

Over and over again, Peter Nygard has lived up to that commitment he made to himself all those many years ago. It is demonstrated in the many different causes he has given to over the years, like to athletes, medical funds and treatments, cancer research and eradication, community development, educational scholarships, etc. Cancer research and eradication alone has received more than twenty million dollars from Peter Nygard.

Many are really grateful to Peter Nygard for always being willing to share his toast.

Everyone Wants A Boss Who Gives Their Employees $10,000 Gifts, Like Peter Nygard

Imagine working for a company where the boss financially demonstrates how much he values his employees. It’s a rare thing to see, but if you worked at Nygard International with Peter Nygard, you got to witness it firsthand repeatedly.

Peter Nygard already has a reputation for being kindhearted and generous with all of his
associates who he’s helped with medical bills. In addition to that, he has shown his appreciation to associates with cold hard cash. Here’s what happened.

It was the morning of Peter Nygard’s company’s 35 th anniversary. He was giving a speech to employees of gratitude and appreciation for their support while on the road from near bankruptcy to the grand success the company had become thirty-five years later. Then he got to the end of his speech. The words that were to come next out of Peter Nygard’s mouth stunned the room: “Oh, by the way, those of you who’ve been with the company twenty years or more will find a little something extra on your bank accounts.”

There were a lot of blank stares and questioning looks among the staff. That changed to disbelief when it was said that those long-serving employees received an extra $10,000 each that payday. The joy was palpable and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Everybody was chatting excitedly and hugging the lucky employees. In show of their gratitude and appreciation for such a generous gift, and to share their joy, the lucky associates treated the rest of the staff to lunch.

The total amount Peter Nygard gave away that day was more than one million dollars. In fact, he said to his staff, “Thanks a million!” Very little work was done that day. The talk was all about Peter Nygard and how it was so wonderful to work for such a generous human being.

At Peter Nygard’s company’s 50 th anniversary celebration he repeated his generosity. Once again, he gave away $10,000 each to long-serving employees.

Who does that? What kind of person does it take to selflessly give of his earnings in such a way? A man known to be the kindest of persons with a most generous nature. That’s Peter Nygard! He ‘shares his toast’ with any and everyone, strangers and friends alike, because that’s who he is. And he does it over and over again.

In this case, not once, but twice Peter Nygard gave away more than a million dollars to show his appreciation to his employees. Everybody wants to work for a boss like Peter Nygard who ceaselessly demonstrates his gratitude to his staff.

Peter Nygard Always Engages In Random Acts of Kindness


While the mark of a man cannot always be detected from acts that are plotted out and carefully planned, it can definitely be determined from his random acts.

Peter Nygard is known to be generous when countless people request sponsorship, whether it’s for sporting sponsorships or medical emergencies or community events. He would always come through. However, what people don’t know is that Peter Nygard engages in many random acts of kindness.

One example of that was Peter Nygard paying for an individual’s cancer treatment after hearing that this individual, who he barely knew, had cancer. Many other instances happen with the associates within his company. Stories are not just told about how Peter Nygard paid for the medical treatment of his associates, but of this associate’s mother or that associate’s mother and other relatives of various associates.

A story is told about how a line employee received a surprising call one day from Peter Nygard while Nygard was abroad internationally. Nygard told the associate that he heard that his brother had multiple sclerosis. In his research, Peter Nygard had come across a new treatment for the disease and offered to pay for the associate’s brother to receive it.

Peter Nygard wasn’t just going to pay for the treatment. He paid for the airline ticket to travel to the country and the hotel and all the associated cost for the associate’s brother to get the treatment.  Who does that? Only the most generous and kindhearted of persons.

Another associate shared her experience with everyone at work for years about how Peter
Nygard helped her. Here’s what she described happened: “I’ll never forget about five years ago two weeks before Christmas. I got a phone call from Mr. Nygard from Milan, Italy. He said, ‘Rene I think I found a cure for your knee. I’ve already taken the procedure to make sure it works. It works.’

“My knee was so bad; I could hardly walk. Then I got a call from the travel office. The next thing I know, I am on my way to Italy, and the next day I had the procedure done.

When I think about it, I still can’t believe it. A couple of days after the procedure, I was able to walk and NO MORE PAIN! I remember seeing Mr. Nygard coming down the hallway and yelling at him, ‘I can walk. I have no pain!’

“Peter Nygard is the reason I feel great! I will never know how I can thank him for everything.

Mr. Nygard is also doing this for many other associates.”  These are just some of the many random acts of kindness Peter Nygard engages in.

Peter Nygards charitable platform is NYGÅRD for Life

Over the years, NYGÅRD's charitable platform, NYGÅRD for Life has encompassed a number of initiatives . While the program's focus and commitment has and will continue to be…to help eradicate breast cancer, we have expanded it to also include a mandate that enhances all aspects of the lives of women.

The sponsorships include annual endowment fund to CancerCare. This fund allows CancerCare to bring in world class researchers to work at the NYGÅRD sponsored Breast Cancer Tumour bank. They also sponsor members of the Symphony Orchestra to play for breast cancer patients while they receive treatment and have provided specially designed mammography gowns for patients. All monies raised through NYGÅRD for Life directly impacts Breast Cancer survivors and to further the much needed research to find a cure.

Peter Nygard and his Mom Visit Finland

Lots of people who live in what’s referred to as the Western world, take a lot for granted in terms of the freedom that its citizens enjoy.

In a number of countries around the world, such freedoms are not a given, especially in communist countries. Individuals born in these countries and nearby are always aware of this fact, including fashion mogul Peter Nygard.

As he once stated, “When I walk through my business and the places that I have, I say, ‘my God, are you ever a lucky guy’. Am I ever lucky that I was born in Finland instead of Estonia, that I was born on the right side of the Iron Curtain.”

In 1994, Peter Nygard and his Mom, Hilkka, returned to his beloved Finland for a visit. He wanted to find a way to pay homage to the veterans of the Winter War in Finland, to show his gratitude for their bravery and Sisu spirit that allowed them to stop the Russians and allowed Finland to maintain its independence.

Peter Nygard’s Promise To His Mom Inspired Health & Fitness Transformation

In 2009, Peter Nygard went on a quest that would become a defining moment in his life. The
quest was that of a son driven to find every way possible to improve his mom’s health and
extend her life.

Peter Nygard’s mom, Hilkka, had some health issues but nothing seriously life threatening at the
time. However, when she went into the hospital to have the battery in her pacemaker changed,
there was a series of complications that threatened her life.

That began the unexpected journey to new discoveries for Peter Nygard. The road led to an
exploration of stem cells. It was a long one of frantic outreach. However, Peter Nygard was able
to act quickly and get the right doctors lined up with the right facility to perform a procedure that
had a high probability of saving his Mom’s life. The surgery was scheduled.

The day before the surgery, Peter Nygard was at his Mom’s bedside. Hilkka had a message for
him. She asked her son to make her a promise. “Promise me,” she said. “Promise me that you
will take all that you have discovered and use it on yourself.” Nygard told his Mom that he was
focused on her right now and helping her to get better, but she insisted. “Promise me,” she
repeated. And he did.

Maybe Hilkka Nygard realized it was too late for herself when she begged her son to promise to
use his discoveries on himself. She died that same day never having made it to the surgery
scheduled for the next day.

Naturally, Peter Nygard and his family were devastated by the loss of the matriarch of their
family. He felt there was no better way to honor his Mom than to live up to his promise. So Peter
Nygard got to work on transforming his own health.

Before 2009, Peter Nygard had a ‘pot-belly’ and was not at his best fitness wise. He eliminated
certain things from his diet: white carbs, resaturated oils, bottled or packaged sodas or food. He
began taking supplements and established a daily workout routine. The results were that Peter Nygard went from 215 pounds down to 190 pounds, from 24% body
fat to 12%, and turned 35% fat to muscle.

Given Peter Nygard’s generous nature, he didn’t keep this to himself. He made it possible for all
the associates in his companies to become healthier and more fit also. Every NYGARD location
became equipped with a state of the art gym for associates to use. And each of the cafeterias
were mandated to only serve healthy meals.

A promise to a mom led to a transformed Peter Nygard. And NYGARD associates were also
beneficiaries.

Peter Nygard Sponsors Bahamian Athletes and Sports Organizations With Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars


Bahamian Boxer Tureano Johnson isn’t the only athlete to have benefited from the benevolence of Peter Nygard. There are countless athletes, especially within The Bahamas, who were recipients of sponsorship and donations from Peter Nygard over the years.

As The Sports Magazine, Bahamas (June 2013) expressed, “There is no other person in these islands who have done so much for our sporting community than Peter Nygard.” The publication’s article, “Peter: Sports Contribution Spans 20 Years”, goes on to explain that Peter Nygard is committed to establishing The Bahamas as a dominant power in sports internationally.  In fact, it states that the history of The Bahamas in sports has been re-written and there is no question that Peter Nygard played a very integral part in it.

Credited with supporting the achievements of many athletes in The Bahamas, Peter Nygard is highly regarded for his unselfish giving in not just contributing to athletic development in The Bahamas but in rewarding the Olympic gold medalists athletes in The Bahamas (the 2000 women’s 4 x 100 meter relay team and the 2012 men’s 4 x 400 relay team).

Here are just some of the specific gifts among many that Peter Nygard gave to athletes in The Bahamas over the years:
  • $100,000 to a 2000 sports fund in The Bahamas
  • $25,000 to the Golden Girls
  • $10,000 to Golden Knight Chris “Fireman” Brown
  • $10,000 to Golden Knight Michael Mathieu
  • $10.000 to Golden Knight Ramon “Fearless” Miller
  • $10,000 to Golden Knight Demetrius Pinder
  • $10,000 to Men’s National Volleyball team

 As to why Peter Nygard gives so much to athletes, in a Bahama Journal article, “Nygard’s Golden Jubilee Review – ‘His Contribution To The Athletes Is Monumental’”, Peter Nygard was quoted from a radio interview in which he explained his motivation: “I have been an athlete nearly all of my life. My ambition was to be a track and field athlete when I was growing up. I am so close to the world of athletics, and when I saw this tremendous skill level here [The Bahamas]; the genes that we have here per capita is perhaps one of the best in the world. It just gave me such a thrill to live vicariously through these athletes—the Golden Girls, the Golden Knights, Volleyball players and Boxers. It didn’t matter which athletes came; I was their supporter.”

Peter Nygard’s benevolence has been demonstrated not just with Bahamian athletic associations but many other causes in The Bahamas to the tune of millions.

Nygard International Molecular Biology Breast Cancer Research Unit

Peter Nygard just announced the opening of two new state-of-the-art Breast Cancer Research Units, which reflects his dedication to helping women through breast cancer research.

The Nygard International Molecular Biology Breast Cancer Research Unit and Breast Cancer Tumour Bank are located in the Manitoba Breast Cancer research Centre, the only one of its kind in the world. Women the world over will be benefiting from the global medical research studies taking place at these NYGARD Breast Cancer Research Units.

Its press release indicates, “World renowned scientists will work together to eradicate breast cancer. Their goal is to diagnose breast cancer earlier so they can target individual treatment to patients. The Breast Cancer Tumour Bank currently houses more than 4,000 different types of breast cancer tumours.”

Read the full story here.

Peter Nygard chaired Advisory Committee for North American Free Trade Agreement

Peter Nygard established his presence from Canada to the Far East; being involved in manufacturing, logistics & the retail landscape. All of his endeavors enjoyed success because of his commitment to excellence.

Nygard opened his hundred thousand-square-foot Inkster plant in Winnipeg and the company has not stopped growing since.

Nygard international now has offices in New York, California, Toronto, China and Montreal delivering to over 200 of its own retail stores worldwide.

Nygards adventures have put him in company with some of the world's most famous and influential people from Oprah Winfrey to Sean Connery to President Bush.

He chaired the Advisory Committee that led to the development of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has led the way in technological advancements in the fashion industry.

Peter Nygard on building a capsule wardrobe

Peter Nygard says that building a capsule wardrobe is all about creating a selection of pieces you can wear over and over again. And with Nygard fashions you get that.  Pieces that are versatile. Pieces that can be styled several different ways. With that in mind, well-made items should be a top priority this season if you want your clothes to stand the test of time. Here are our top 3 must-haves when it comes to curating your very own capsule wardrobe for fall.

Beautifully made basics - Your choice of pant can make or break an outfit, which is why it’s so important to invest in great bottoms for fall.

Cozy sweaters - No fall capsule wardrobe would be complete without cozy knits! When it comes to slightly heavier fabrics and thicker materials, sticking to block colours and tonal shades is guaranteed to keep you looking chic and effortless.

Bold separates - While basics are an essential part of any capsule wardrobe, it’s also key to ensure you add a few trend-driven pieces to your collection to avoid wardrobe boredom.

Nygard International Associates Adore Their Boss, Peter Nygard

So, what does it take to work for one company for thirty-five years or even forty years? A
serious high regard for the executives, staff and the way the company operates.

Peter Nygard has been in business for over fifty years and has always been beloved by his
associates. These are some of the sentiments expressed by associates who have worked with
Nygard from twenty to forty years when asked during an anniversary to share their perspective
on Peter Nygard: “I love the people in this company. The company is great to work for. Mr. Peter Nygard is a great person. He is very understanding and he listens to you. He gives you a chance to grow.

There are a lot of opportunities in this company. You can become whatever you want and he’ll
help you. If you don’t know something, he’ll teach you. You’re not left on the back burner; you’re always involved in everything. You feel like a part of the family.”

Another associate expressed, “I’m happy here. I wish Mr. Peter Nygard good health so he can be
with us for a long time. We’ve been given a lot of opportunity to learn and grow within the
company. You never stop learning. Every day is something new”.

Another stated, “I like the people here. Mr. Peter Nygard and the executives will make time for
you anytime you need to see them. I’ve always looked forward to and liked coming to work.”
Other sentiments include this: “NYGÅRD is like family and Mr. Peter Nygard is always there
for you. This is not a job for me. It’s someplace I come every day and enjoy what I do and there
is a lot of opportunity. Every day is a different challenge. It’s always something new and it’s
exciting. Mr. Peter Nygard is a brilliant mind and has a good sense of style.”

This associate credited Peter Nygard with life-changing events: “Mr. Peter Nygard is a Godsend.
This company has been a blessing to me. After not seeing my mother for twenty-three years, I
was able to see her through this company. I also met my wife at this company. Working with Mr.
Nygard I’ve learned a lot. Mr. Peter Nygard is a great mentor.”

One associate declared, “I love working for Mr. Peter Nygard. He’s the most brilliant, smartest
person I’ve ever met. He always treated us like royalty. He’s like family to me.”

So, what does this say about Peter Nygard and the company he started over fifty years ago? He’s
clearly done an awesome job of building a great company, treating his associates well and
creating such an inviting culture that associates feel like family in the workplace.

How Peter Nygard’s Gift To A Stranger Saved The Man’s Life

Can you imagine simply living your life with all its joys and challenges, and in one moment, your world is irrevocably turned upside down? Hearing a doctor’s pronouncement that you have cancer is one of the most devastating experiences any individual can have. That’s what happened to Carlos Mackey of The Bahamas.

Discovering that you have an illness that has a high chance of killing you is one devastation. Discovering that the cost to save your life averages $150,000 (based on AARP estimates) is another. How do you save yourself without the means to pay for it? That’s where the compassionate Peter Nygard stepped in.

Carlos once told the story of how he briefly met Peter Nygard, but following that, the minute Peter Nygard heard that Carlos had cancer, Nygard jumped into action.

Imagine that. You are in the midst of the worst time of your life, and a man barely known to you, named Peter Nygard, comes to your rescue. Carlos explained that Peter Nygard gave him a time and a date to show up at the Mayo Clinic. When Carlos showed up at the Clinic and was being registered, he was asked who would be paying for treatment. Carlos said he was at a lost as to how to respond.

Then he saw him. Peter Nygard walked in at that perfect moment. Peter Nygard announced that he would be paying for the treatment. Carlos reports that Peter Nygard told the staff that Carlos was his brother and should be well taken care of.

He was in awe. Here is this man that barely knew him prepared to pay for cancer treatment to save his life. What also blew Carlos’ mind was that no only was Peter Nygard paying for his cancer treatment, Nygard sat in the waiting room and waited for his surgery to be over.

Carlos Mackey is forever grateful to the kindest of individuals who stepped into his life to save him, that is Peter Nygard.

What a gift to have the opportunity to extend your life through cancer treatment and not to have to go bankrupt to do it. The thing is that this is only one of countless stories of how Peter Nygard has helped individuals pay for much needed medical treatment.

What does it take to help a stranger to the tune of hundreds of thousands have a second chance at life? It takes a level of compassion and a kind heart that cannot be denied like that of the most benevolent Peter Nygard.


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Altruistic Sums Up Who Peter Nygard Is To The Core

The list is long and varied of Peter Nygard’s giving to causes around the world. Everyone who
knows him tells of his compassionate nature.

When you review the many charitable gifts Peter Nygard has given over all the years of his life,
it’s amazing to note the millions of dollars to organizations, athletes and individuals in medical
crisis.

Dictionary.com’s definition of “philanthropy”— altruistic concern for human welfare and
advancement—sums up who Peter Nygard is to the core.

A fascinating story from one of the many examples of Peter Nygard’s giving was the time he
gave a $10,000 donation back in 2011 to a stranger he had heard about who was involved in a
good cause.

For about 30 years at that time, Josie Poitier had been holding an event for individuals from all
religious and ethnic backgrounds. She was a catholic and a member of Holy Redeemer Church in
Miami, Florida. However, she felt that individuals of all religions should be able to put aside
their differences and come together for at least one day. So each year at the time of Passover,
Josie would host a Good Friday Brunch.

Josie was not a woman of means; it was always a struggle. And as Miami Herald reporter Bea
Hines wrote back in 2011, “Every year, Josie would share with me, ‘I don’t know how I’m going
to pull it off, but I know God will make a way…’ And He did. The funds would come in and
Josie would be able to feed a number of senior citizens and children’s group.”

That year, Peter Nygard was in attendance and here’s what the article, “After Years of Giving,
Volunteer Gets Recognition From Peter Nygard”, reported Nygard saying:

“‘As a boy, I had a friend whose parents owned a restaurant. One day I went with him to the
restaurant and my friend put two slices of bread in the toaster. I was so hungry, and I knew one
of the slices would go to me. When the toast was done, my friend buttered the first piece and ate
it. Then he buttered the second slice and ate it, too. I was so disappointed. I never forgot the
incident and I said if I ever had the opportunity to share my toast, I would.’”

Hines explained what happened next: “When Nygard finished telling the story, he said ‘Now, I’d
like to share my toast with Josie.’ He called Josie to the stage and presented her with a check for
$10,000. Josie was clearly in shock. She stood wide-eyed with her mouth open. ‘It was such a
surprise. I kept thinking, God is so good. I never expected this.’”

Peter Nygard had heard about Josie’s efforts, and simply out of the goodness of his heart decided
to help this woman do good for others.

Many individuals have great stories to tell of the significant impact Peter Nygard has had on their
lives from his benevolence.

Peter Nygard’s Integrity Led To His Unprecedented Success

You can’t reap rewards in business if integrity is a ‘sometimes’ affair. Over his fifty years of
business success, Peter Nygard has demonstrated this wise sentiment expressed by Brian Tracy:
“There should be no exceptions to honesty and integrity. Integrity is a state of mind and is not
situational”— Forbes article, “The Importance Of Honesty And Integrity In Business”.

Peter Nygard’s consistency of being honest in his business dealings shows that this is a part of
his character, who he shows up as every time. It set the foundation for him to be able to reach
unprecedented heights of success in his business that is still going strong today and in an industry
that is experiencing a number of department store closings.

Peter Nygard is a credit to his parents. He grew up within a household where honesty and
integrity were essential values that were not just espoused but demonstrated. The story is told
that after Peter Nygard’s father, Eeli, achieved his lifelong dream of opening his own bakery, a
customer forgot his five cents change and Nygard’s mother, Hilkka, ran down the street after the
gentleman to give him his five cents change.

That’s the example that Peter Nygard grew up with, an upbringing that instilled in him the
importance of honesty and integrity at all costs. So it’s not surprising that a twenty-five cents
overcharge on a buyer’s order gave Peter Nygard a sleepless night until he was able to figure out
the error and return the difference in the form of a check to the department store buyer.

In his article, Brian Tracy explains that integrity means doing the right thing because it’s the
right thing to do and that great leaders never compromise their honesty and integrity by cheating.
He cites the Enron example, which shows that dishonesty in business doesn’t pay, at least in the
long term:

“There are many examples of temporary winners who won by cheating. For a number of years,
Enron was cited as one of America’s most innovating and daring companies. The CEO of the

company knew the most important people in the country, including the President of the United
States. Except that Enron’s success was built on lies, and the “winners” who headed the
company are case studies in lack of integrity.”

Many of Peter Nygard’s early decisions and business moves required the support of business
associates. He wouldn’t have gotten very far without it and Peter Nygard’s integrity allowed it.
Thanks to the examples of his parents, Nygard developed a strong character where honesty and
integrity were not a choice but a requirement. As a result, Peter Nygard was able to build a
fashion empire that has thrived for more than fifty years because of a foundation of honesty and
integrity.

Peter Nygard Consistently Demonstrated Honesty In Business Dealings

“There are, basically, three kinds of people, the unsuccessful, the temporarily successful, and
those who become and remain successful. The difference is character.”

Multibillionaire Jon Huntsman, Sr. (as quoted by Brian Tracy)

There is no end to the number of individuals in the world who are seeking to make their fortunes in one way or another. If you did a survey, among those efforts you’ll find countless instances of
‘get-rich’ schemes that are questionable at best and illegal at worse.

As Jon Huntsman suggests, what cannot be underestimated is the role of integrity in long-term business success. Peter Nygard built his business success of fifty plus years on the right foundation, that of honesty and integrity. And it’s important to note that the level of success that Peter Nygard has achieved doesn’t happen from pretending to be honest. It has to be an integral part of one’s business.

The experience of returning the twenty-five cents overcharge to a buyer is not a one off for Peter
Nygard. Consistently demonstrating his honesty set the foundation in stone of Peter Nygard as an
‘honest broker.’

One of the most important principles in the industry at the time was maintaining retail prices of
the products across the board. Buyers would have to be guaranteed that nobody else would
undersell them. This was an important principle to Peter Nygard that he sought to maintain at all
costs.

His company received an order from a new account that he had been anxious to have as a buyer
for a very long time. They placed a large order.

The next day, the goods were shipped to them in Alberta, Canada. Immediately, the store
dropped the retail price of the products. They had a sale going on for a third off everything in the
store including Nygard Fashion’s brand-new Tan Jay clothing. All of Peter Nygard’s other
buyers were calling him. They were quite upset. He had to find a way to honor his word that the
retail prices on his products would be maintained across the board.

Peter Nygard gave one of his employees $56,000 to travel to Alberta to buy back all of his goods
off the floor of the store. Even on sale, Nygard paid more for the products than he had sold them
for. It left him in the hole by thousands. But at the end of the day, that store had no Tan Jay
inventory left. All of Peter Nygard’s other buyers were very pleased. In a show of support, to
help him out for what he did, the other buyers placed orders for the products he had bought back.

Meanwhile, Peter Nygard expected to lose the new account. He had ruined their sale. But he
didn’t. They thought it was a bold move, but they were still prepared to do business with him.

In this industry with questionable ethics at the time, Peter Nygard established a very strong
reputation for honesty.

Canada's Fashion Dynasty

The Nygard Family - Canada's Fashion Dynasty - Kai, Alia (who's expecting her 2nd baby), Peter Nygard, Xavier, Jessar & Alia's husband Derek
On Friday, September 16th - customers filled the Nygard Kenaston flagship store, anxiously awaiting a glimpse of the launch of Nygard Luxe Denim Slims.

The show was full of energy and incredible fashions. 32 beautiful professional models took to the runway to launch Nygard Luxe Denim Slims - Nygard's latest design has become a Denim Revolution - it boasts 4 way stretch and 360 comfort with a variety of fashionable silhouettes to choose from and trend right washes/ distress detailing. It’s a new take on denim more fashionable and constructed to be more feminine in appearance than your regular denim.

10 Curvy models rocked the runway showing a range in sizing that it is truly for everybody and everyone's shape.

Breast cancer Survivor models became the stars of the show walking the runway in Tan Jay and inspired the audience with their bright smiles, courage and bold personalities.

The Winnipeg Blue Bomber Cheer and Dance team performed for the crowd, Nygard Slims is the official clothing sponsor of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Team stunned the crowd with performers soaring into the air wearing Nygard Slims performance.

Nygard Slims have quickly become a phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. Nygard Slims have successfully intermixed on-trend fashions, maximum comfort with exclusive Slimcurve Technology compression waistband - flattening the tummy, shaping the hips and thighs and lifting the butt.

The Nygard Denim Revolution also includes BN 360 Denim from Bianca Nygard.

Nygard Slims Luxe Denim & BN 360 Denim are now available instore and also online here

Peter Nygard, A Man Of Good Character


It takes a man of good character to take an 8,000-dollar investment and turn it into hundreds of millions over the years. Why? Because conducting business in a way that achieves that level of success requires being trusted. No one can argue that being trusted denotes good character. From the start, Peter Nygard developed a reputation of being an honest broker who could be fully trusted. And that’s the foundation his business was built on that allowed his exponential success.

The story of Nygard’s success is filled with fascinating anecdotes of how Nygard forged bonds of trust with the various individuals he did business with. One such anecdote was of a time he spent a sleepless night trying to figure out why his numbers weren’t adding up with the charges to a particular department store. When he finally figured it out, the issue was that an additional twenty-five cents per item had been charged by mistake. The next day Nygard wrote a check to the department store to correct the error.

That story spread like wildflower throughout the business community because it was an industry that was considered a bit vicious in business dealings. While many were amused that he actually wrote a check to correct the error, Peter Nygard became admired for his level of honesty, especially because this represented only one of several situations in which Nygard’s level of honesty and trustworthiness were on display.

A quote by ethics professor, Michael Josephson, sums it up well: “People of character do the right thing even if no one else does, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world.”

It fueled Nygard’s success. In a large multi-level global company, you are dependent on many individuals to conduct business successfully. It’s very difficult to succeed in business at Nygard’s level without the trust of those around you and those you must do business with on a regular basis.

A case in point is the relationship Nygard built with China decades ago when other countries were on the outs with China. He didn’t just build a relationship of trust with the Government but with the Chinese people as well.

Besides Nygard’s avant-garde fashion styles and the benchmarks he sets with his innovative fabrics and designs, one of the things Nygard fashions are known for is its high quality. How does he achieve this? Factories owners and workers bend over backwards to produce the level of quality that is required because of how highly Nygard is regarded. They know that a standard of excellence is important to Peter Nygard, so they ensure it happens.

Nydard’s known to have given out business loans to various entrepreneurs around the globe and he has invested in all of the communities in which the factory workers live. As a result, Nygard is beloved around the world.

In Finland, from which the Nygard family emigrated, the veterans are very appreciative of how much love and concern Peter Nygard has shown them over the years with his many donations to the veteran’s care facility and to the Finnish veteran causes.

In The Bahamas, Bahamians love Peter Nygard for the millions that he has given to various schools, community groups and medical funds in the Bahamas. And The Bahamas Olympic teams over the years are very grateful for the sponsorship that he has given to allow many athletes to live their dreams of participating in Olympic games.

The admiration Nygard holds in the eyes of many around the world can be understood from reading a Forbes magazine article about characteristics of highly admired people. Author Paloma Cantero-Gomez attributes admiration to characteristics like integrity, compassion for others, having a big vision and inspiring others, all of which Peter Nygard can boast.

Paloma suggests, “Compassionate leaders are simply empathetic. They know how to put themselves in other's shoes, and they practice it regularly. So they listen, understand, and comprehend others around.” If there is one thing that everyone who knows Peter Nygard can attest to is his compassionate nature and endless giving.

Nearest and dearest to Nygard’s heart is the initiative to eradicate cancer. Cancer research around the globe has benefited from Peter Nygard’s generous nature. To date, Nygard has donated over 20 million dollars to various organizations, such as the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and National Breast Cancer Foundation.

However, the reputation that Nygard has built that’s most important is integrity. As Paloma expressed, “Integrity is about transparency. About doing what needs to be done but in the right way.” Nygard correcting his twenty-five cents mistake with the department store that purchased his clothing showed his desire for transparency and always doing the right thing.

Peter Nygard has always displayed a number of admirable qualities over the years that no doubt has led to his remarkable success and level of admiration from world leaders and individuals everywhere. Many will attest to the fact that Peter Nygard is a man of good character.


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Peter Nygard with Arlene Dickinson and Donovan Bailey

Peter Nygard & Arlene Dickinson & Donovan Bailey at VIP AMBI Gala at #TIFF16 in support of Children's Aid foundation.

The Children’s Aid Foundation is Canada’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth involved with the child welfare system. We support and deliver a broad range of high-impact programs and services that directly serve vulnerable young people across Canada. Our programs address the many complex needs faced by our kids in the four key needs areas of education, healing and recovery, enrichment, and prevention. In addition to programs that we deliver, such as our Post-Secondary Scholarships Program, we work in partnership with over 50 child welfare agencies and youth-serving partners Canada-wide to impact our target population.

Together with our donors, the Children’s Aid Foundation serves children and youth at all stages of their involvement with the system, from infancy to adulthood. It is our mandate to support the evolving needs of these young people, like a nurturing guardian would, throughout the course of their development until they are able to achieve stability and independence.

We rely completely on the generosity of our corporate, individual, and foundation donors. We do not receive government funding, and are the only charity in Canada with the reach and capacity to strategically raise and grant funds to deliver local, regional, and national programs for this uniquely vulnerable population of kids.

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Peter Nygard’s benevolence in the Bahamas

It’s a sunny and beautiful day in The Bahamas, but not for the icon of Bahamian Junkanoo culture, Winston Gus Cooper. The Doctor’s pronouncement? “It’s a brain tumor.” Everyone immediately sprung into action. The situation is dire. Gus needs to be airlifted to Florida for immediate surgery.
But there’s a problem. The hospital requires $250 thousand dollars to admit this icon to the hospital. “Get the Prime Minister on the line!” Prime Minister Christie laments the situation—it’s a Sunday afternoon. Despite his best efforts, he cannot mobilize his Government to gather the resources on a Sunday. His suggestion? Call Peter Nygard.
Meanwhile, fashion mogul Peter Nygard is out on the ocean enjoying the beautiful day. He is racing a sailboat in a regatta with the great Bahamian musician and sloop sailor, ‘King Eric’ Gibson. But of course, the humanitarian, Peter Nygard will help!
Nygard instructs his daughter Bianca to grab the paperwork, jump into a small boat, and head out to sea to meet him. There, on the deck of a sailboat, Peter Nygard signs the documents providing $250 thousand dollars for Bahamian Icon, Winston Gus Cooper, to be airlifted to Florida to receive immediate brain surgery. This, for a man he had never met before!
Yet, this is only one of several instances of Peter Nygard’s benevolence. Carlos Mackey tells a similar story. Motivator and Youth Developer, Carlos Mackey was afflicted with cancer and Mr. Nygard had only recently met him. Nygard took Carlos Mackey for treatment to one of the best clinics there is—the Mayo Clinic in the United States. Peter Nygard paid for everything and even stayed with Carlos during the surgery. The cost? Over $200 thousand dollars.
Read the full story here.

Peter Nygard with long time friend Tanya Tucker

Peter Nygard with country singer Tanya Tucker
On Saturday May 12, 2007, hundreds attended fashion mogul, Peter Nygard's special appearance at Dillard's Galleria in St Louis, MO, where he personally showcased the PETER NYGARD & NYGARD Collection Spring & Summer 07 collections.

The high-energy fashion show started with a VERY SPECIAL surprise performance by long time friend & critically acclaimed country singer/songwriter Tanya Tucker.

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Peter Nygard combines technology and fashion



50th anniversary TBT: Tributes to Peter Nygård from singing artists Tanya Tucker TV personalities MSN Live & Direct Rita Crosby extolling the Rags to Riches story as he launches his flagship New York World Headquarters.

Peter's journey has seen him rise to the number one position in women's fashion in Canada and renowned position in the industry.

Today Nygard is considered one of the top Canadian companies when it comes to information technology and by far one of the finest companies in the world when it comes to combining technology and fashion.  No one does it better!