Bachelor of Commerce, University Saskatchewan, 1952. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Winnipeg, 1993.
President Empire Freightways Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 1953-1960, Empire Oil Ltd., Saskatoon, 1960-1962, Hanford Drewitt Ltd., Winnipeg, 1962-1968, Norcom Homes Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, 1969-1978. President, chief executive officer Federal Industries Ltd., Winnipeg, 1978-1991, chairman, chief executive officer, 1991-1992, chairman board, 1992-1995. Vice chairman Russel Metals, 1995-1997.
Chairman board Air Canada, since 1996. Board directors International Comfort Products Corporation, Bank of Montreal, Air Canada, Investors Group, Inc., Canada Development Investment Corporation, Shell Canada Ltd., The Thomson Corporation, Ford Motor Company Canada Ltd., Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., Centra Gas Manitoba Inc., Coca-Cola Beverages Ltd., Inter-City Products Corporation, Continental Airlines, Inc., American West Airlines. Past chairman Council for Business and Arts in Canada.
Board of directors, founding chairman Associations Faculty of Management Studies U. Manitoba. Past president Manitoba Theatre Centre. Past Board of Governors St. John's Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg.
Member cultural review policy committee Province of Manitoba, 1979. Past president Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 1992-1993. Member American Management Association (president's association), Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club, Toronto Club.
Married Valerie Georgina Ryder, June 21, 1952. Children: John Foster Junior, Lisa Annual.