Hudson's Bay Company

Canadian retail business group, former fur trading business

The Hudson's Bay Company (HBC; French: Compagnie de la Baie d'Hudson) is a Canadian retail business group. A fur trading business for much of its existence, HBC now owns and operates retail stores in Canada, the United States and parts of Europe, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Hudson's Bay Company
Compagnie de la Baie d'Hudson
Company typePublic[1]
retail sale in non-specialised stores Edit this on Wikidata
FoundedLondon, England
2 May 1670 (354 years ago) (2 May 1670)
Headquarters8925 Torbram Road, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Helena Foulkes (CEO)
Richard Baker
(Governor & executive chairman)
RevenueIncrease C$5.223 billion (2014)
Increase C$258.1 million (2014)
Total assetsIncrease C$12.23 billion (2018)
OwnerNRDC Equity Partners (48%)
DivisionsGaleria Kaufhof
Home Outfitters
Hudson's Bay
Lord & Taylor
Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH
Heraldic achievement of Hudson's Bay Company: Argent, a cross gules between four beavers passant proper. Crest: On a chapeau gules turned up ermine a fox sejant proper. Supporters: Two bucks proper. Latin Motto: pro pelle cutem ("skin for leather")[2] apparently a play on Job, 2:4: Pellem pro pelle[3] "skin for skin".[4][5][6]


  1. Spears, John (17 October 2012). "Hudson's Bay Co. to go public again". Toronto Star. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  2. Cassell's Latin Dictionary. The two different Latin words for skin or leather must be translated accordingly in English by the use of two different words of roughly the same meaning, denoting an exchange
  3. Nova Vulgata Bibliorum Sacrorum Editio, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1986 (Latin Vulgate Bible)
  4. As translated in the King James Bible
  5. "What does your motto 'Pro Pelle Cutem' mean?". HBC Heritage FAQ. Hudson's Bay Company. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  6. Rich, E. E. (April 1961). "Manitoba Pageant: Pro Pelle Cutem, The Hudson's Bay Company Motto". Manitoba Pageant. 6 (3). Retrieved 5 October 2015.