John Reynolds Morris was the founder of PROBUS in Canada. He scheduled several speaking engagements to Rotary Clubs. This was the impetus needed to organize the formation of PROBUS Clubs locally and eventually across Canada. During this period, he visited forty-three Rotary Clubs requesting their assistance in the formation of PROBUS with five visits to the west coast and four to the east coast. They adopted the name of PROBUS, taking the first three letters of PROfessional and BUSiness.
In 1988, John recognized there was a need of protecting the PROBUS logo and after making an application, was successful in acquiring a trademark.
As of October 31st, 2016 there were 237 active PROBUS Clubs in Canada with 33,883 members.