HR: A Biography of HR MacMillan


416 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55017-129-1
DDC 634.9'092






Reviewed by Ken A. Armson

Ken A. Armson, a former executive co-ordinator of the Ontario Ministry
of Natural Resources’ Forest Resources Group, is currently a forestry


H.R. MacMillan was much more than the founder of one of Canada’s
largest forest companies. During World War II, he served in Ottawa with
C.D. Howe as Timber Controller and then as head of Wartime Merchant
Shipping. He was a family man and philanthropist who influenced public
policy in Canada and abroad, yet never lost touch with his rural roots
and appreciation of the importance of Canada’s natural resources to
the economy and social fabric of the country. He was a conservationist
in the truest sense of the word. And he was a prodigious reader as well
as an accomplished and prolific writer. Ken Drushka has made excellent
use of archival material and personal files in producing this
well-written chronicle of MacMillan’s life and contributions.


Drushka, Ken., “HR: A Biography of HR MacMillan,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 21, 2024,