Sir Joseph Wesley Flavelle Bt, ca. 1918Sir Joseph Wesley Flavelle, 1st Baronet (15 February 1858 â€“ 7 March 1939) was a Canadian businessman.Born in Peterborough, Ontario, he married Clara Ellsworth in 1882. Flavelle made his fortune in the meatpacking business as president of William Davies Company, which was the British Empire's largest pork packing firm. He subsequently became prominent in finance and commerce as chairman of the Bank of Commerce, National Trust and Simpson's department stores. He was Chairman of the Imperial Munitions Board during World War I and it was for reorganizing the industry that he was awarded his baronetcy in 1917. His was the last hereditary title to be granted to a Canadian resident due to the passage of the Nickle Resolution in 1919.Upon his death in 1939, he left his Queen's Park mansion to the University of Toronto, where it now forms part of the Faculty of Law.
Frederick Grant Banting discoverer of Insulin, was born November 14, 1891, on his family's farm in Alliston, Ontario. He attended Alliston Continuation School and completed his medical studies at the University of Toronto Medical School in 1916. He established a surgical practice in London, Ontario, supplementing his income as a medical demonstrator at the University of Western Ontario.In London he conceived the technique which might permit isolation of the anti-diabetic component of the pancreas. He returned to the University of Toronto in 1921 to conduct experiments on the pancreas at the labs of Dr. J. R. MacLeod. By the time the summer had ended, he and Charles Best had isolated Insulin. They were successful in testing their extract on diabetic dogs. Dr. J.B. Collip joined the team and developed the process by which Insulin could be purified and processed in sufficient amounts for clinical trials. The first human test was conducted in 1922 with spectacular results and the formula was given gratuitously to