The life and works of Sir William Price in six scenes
Held from 1997 to 2011, this exhibition described the extraordinary saga of the family Price, beginning with their ancestor’s arrival in Quebec. It was in 1810 that William Price landed in Quebec City and, eleven years later, founded the William Price Company. An astute entrepreneur, he specializes in forestry and the timber trade, areas in which he becomes very successful. However, it’s his foray to the Saguenay in 1838 that will allow Price to become one of the leading businessmen of his time.
With the founding of William Price & Sons Company, he gradually retires in order to pass the reins of the new company to his sons, David Edward, William Evan and Evan John. The latter turns to his nephew William Price III to insure succession. When he becomes head of Price Brothers & Company Limited, the future Sir William Price opts for the production of pulp, paper and cardboard at his Jonquière mill. In order to further distinguish himself in the international arena, he establishes the company town of Kénogami in 1911, and builds a large pulp and paper mill there. Through his investments in this thriving industry, William Price III is set to become one of the most influential businessmen in Canada, and this until his tragic death in October 1924.