Born in Regina, Hill attended
Lakeview Public School, Campion High School, and the University of
After getting his BA at the
University of Saskatchewan, he enrolled at the Harvard Business
School in 1942 for a semester. He enlisted in the RCAF but was
rejected several times due to a heart condition caused by
contracting rheumatic fever as a teenager. He then joined the U.S.
Army Air Force the same year, piloting B-17 Flying Fortress
Bombers, serving in the 15th Air Force in Italy and the 8th Air
Force in England.
For unflinching service he
received the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with Three
Oak Leaf Clusters.
Upon graduating with distinction
from Harvard with an MBA in 1947, Fred returned to his home province
of Saskatchewan to join his father (Walter H.A.) in The Hill
Companies real estate and insurance business. He developed the first
private residential subdivision in Saskatchewan since the 1920's
(Hillsdale) . McCallum Hill Ltd. was best known for its development
of the historic Lakeview subdivision in south Regina. By 1912, the
company had become the largest land developer in Western Canada. By
1952, Frederick took over the family business. Frederick led the
company through impressive growth, developing the first post-war
residential subdivisions (Hillsdale and Normanview) in Regina,
purchasing the CKCK television station.
Walter H.A. 1878-1972 and
Grace E. 1887-1959
He also participated in the
first light sweet crude discovery oil well in Creelman,
Subsequently he became a
director of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Chairman and
Director of Harvard Developments Inc. (a Hill Company), Harvard
Energy (Calgary, AB), Western Surety Company, Harvard Investments
Inc. (Phoenix, AZ), Harvard Broadcasting, and for years he
considered it an honour to serve as a member of the Papal
Foundation in Rome.
Hill was also synonymous with
development and, along with his
son Paul, reshaped the downtown core with their signature McCallum
Hill Towers I and II, which were built on the site of the old
McCallum Hill Building; the first skyscrapers in Regina. He was
responsible for a great deal of the skyline of Regina. His son Paul
has since had the Tower III built east of the first two towers.
He was a Christian profoundly
dedicated to his faith. Following the death of Msgr. Athol Murray
(1976) and, at the request of the Board of Regents, Fred picked up
the torch from his life-long mentor, Pere, to carry on the work at
Notre Dame College in Saskatchewan. Fred had known Athol Murray
his whole life. He was only
two years old when Pere first
came into the Hill Family. He was the first President of Notre
From that point on, Fred
maintained a life-long commitment to help young students achieve
their total potential in mind, body and spirit at Notre Dame.
To this day Hill Developments
are involved in
in Canada and the United States (Scottsdale, Arizona);
Urban Forest Recyclers Inc. (UFR), Swift Current, Saskatchewan;
Radio Stations both in Alberta and Saskatchewan; Surety
Western Surety Company -
the only federally chartered insurance company that specializes in,
and exclusively writes contract surety bonds for, the construction
industry and commercial surety bonds in all provinces and territories
Company is one of the top ten largest writers of surety bonds in
Originally operating under the name McCallum Hill and Company,
their organization has grown over the years through amalgamations
with Cooks Insurance, Western Financial Group, Harvard
Developments Inc. and Shenher Insurance and Financial Services.
Harvard Energy is a petroleum and natural gas exploration and
production partnership based in Calgary, Alberta. The partnership
between the Hill family of Regina, Saskatchewan, and a private
investor of San
Diego, California, was formed
in 1982 with the acquisition of Tenneco Oil of Canada Ltd.
away peacefully on Sunday, July 13, 2008, at his home in Regina,
Saskatchewan. Third son of the late Walter A. Hill and Grace E. Hill.