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Ronald G. ARENDS
1945 - 2021
RONALD G. ARENDS, President and Chief Executive Officer
1945 -2021
Ron Arends, an icon in the security printing and systems world, died at his home on Canoe Lake on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, in the arms of his wife, Marilou, and surrounded by his family.
Ron was diagnosed with glioblastoma in February of 2020. He kept his illness quiet so our professional team would all remain focused on the corporate and personal challenges of navigating the pandemic.
In 1994, Ron's brother, Doug, had the wisdom to lure Ron to Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited (CBN) as President. In that capacity he led CBN's transformation from a largely domestic security printer to an internationally renowned supplier of highest quality secure documents and systems to government and commercial clients around the world. Under Ron's direction the company has also become an important fundraiser for governments and the charitable sector through its Lottery and Charitable Gaming divisions.
From its base in Ottawa, Ron molded CBN into what it is today with customers across North America, Europe, Africa, Central and South America and Asia Pacific. Together with Doug, he co-wrote a true Canadian success story.
After five years as a defensive half-back with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (1966-1970), Ron focused his efforts on his studies earning a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He was a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Ron began his business career with 19 years of service with Canada Wire and Cable holding the position of Executive Vice-President when he left in 1988. From 1988 through 1994 he was the President of Tremco Inc., a subsidiary of B.F. Goodrich Company. He transferred to Cleveland for a few years to play an international role before returning to Canada to take the helm of CBN as President.
He immediately set about building a strong management team and expanding the business into a growing multi-national organization focused on its customers and exceeding their expectations.
While Ron the executive stood out from the crowd, most will remember him for the person he was. He was a romantic and loving husband, a proud and loving father and brother and a true friend and often mentor.
He leaves behind his wife and best friend, Marilou; his children, Kirk (Gloria) and Jason, and Kate (Kevin) and Dean (Stephanie); his brothers, Doug and Rick (Deb); sisters, June (Dipankar) and Robyn (George); and his five adoring grandchildren, Noah, Brianna, Landon, Luke and Briar. Ron was predeceased by his brother, Larry and his sister-in-law, Shirley, who was the love of Doug's life.
He also leaves behind his CBN family, all of whom held him in the highest esteem and are committed to continuing his mission.
The family thanks Home and Community Care Support Services South East for their outstanding assistance that enabled Ron to spend his final days at home.
A celebration of Ron's life and accomplishments will be announced at a later date.
Messages of condolence can be sent to [email protected] or Marilou Robinson c/o Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited, 145 Richmond Road Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 1A1.
Published by The Globe and Mail on Oct. 30, 2021.
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I am sorry to hear of Ron´s passing. I remember him and his family fondly from the late 70s in stouffville. He must have been a busy man back then but he still offered to tutored me in calculus and physics. He was a really great tutor he help me get through hIghschool. Also great neighbours. So sorry for your loss!
Karen Middleton
January 15, 2022
The Peral family
December 24, 2021
Our deepest condolences to the family, may His peace & love be with you at this time of sorrow. We’ll continue remembering him in our prayers.

Wondeful human being
Jimmy Kafie
November 9, 2021
Good day, from a guy who was young when I met Ron. I started at Tremco in the early eighties. Many of us here remember Ron well. We are sorry to hear of the loss of a true leader... a good man. He always had a kind word and took time to speak to his people, at all levels. We would talk football of coarse but he new his stuff. Specifically the business aspect. We had a publication that that came out quarterly. Always looked forward to his meaningful words on the back page. He wasn't always around a lot due to the demands of the job. But when he was on campus he made it known he was grateful for our contributions and always gave thanks. Your blessed you had him in your lives. Pic from one of our kids Christmas parties. Advice on how to grip a ball. Even took a pie in the face at the United Way fund raisers. He rocked...
November 9, 2021
Mr&Mrs Prentice
November 6, 2021
Alina Ginga
November 6, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to Rick and the rest of the Arends family for your loss. I still remember watching Ron play for the Argos.
Laurie LeMaitre
November 6, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. My deepest sympathies to the Arends family. Ron was a respectful and kind person. He will be missed by his family, friends and everyone at CBN.
Richard Corbeil
November 4, 2021
Sincere condolences to Doug and Marilou on their sad loss; our thoughts are with you.
Lynne & Wim Lenselink
Lynne and Willem Lenselink.
November 3, 2021
It was with sorrow that I heard of Ron Arends passing. He joined CBN Co around the middle of my 20 years time with them. It was a time of great changes at the company and his positive influence and impact was felt immediately. The present day success of the company owes much to him – I had the greatest respect for his leadership skills. My sincere condolences go to Marilou and the rest of Ron’s family, particularly to his brother, Doug, who has not only lost a brother but must now plan, without his support and partnership, for the future of the company they developed together.
Ken Nixon
November 1, 2021
My sincere condolences on the passing of Ron. It seems that the best of us are always taken too early. Your love and the comfort of family will give you strength in this difficult time.
Wesley Twiss
October 31, 2021
My condolences to Marilou and the family on the passing of Ron. The love and compassion of family and friends will give you strength during this difficult time. I have wonderful memories of growing up with Ron in the same East York neighborhood many years ago.
Wesley Twiss
October 31, 2021
We are sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. May the love of friends and family carry you through this sad time.
Brenda and Ted Gibson
October 27, 2021
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