Born near Vitebsk, Russia, Max Enkin emigrated to Canada at the age of six.
Mr. Enkin is Chairman of Coppley, Noyes & Randall Ltd. (Cambridge Clothes).
Known throughout his life for a variety of humanitarian services, both in the religious and public service field, Mr. Enkin served as national treasurer for the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews for 35 years.
During the Second World War, he played a vital role in the continued supply of fabrics for the civilian population despite war-time hardships.
After the war, Mr. Enkin headed a mission which assisted in the resettlement of refugees from concentration camps in Austria and Germany. Under the auspices of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Mr. Enkin helped integrate thousands of refugees into Canadian society, assisting with housing and employment. Queen Elizabeth bestowed on Mr. Enkin the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to the Wartime Prices and Trade Council.
In 1966, Max Enkin was honoured with a human relations award by the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews.
In 1981, he was awarded an honourary fellowship in Israel's Haifa University. In 1983, he was appointed to the Order of Canada by Governor-General Edward Schreyer.