Board of Directors

Onex’ Board of Directors has adopted a written mandate setting out its responsibilities for the firm’s stewardship. The mandate of the Board is to oversee the management of Onex by its executive officers and managers. Each of our Directors is aligned with the interests of shareholders through mandatory ownership of Onex securities.

  • Gerry Schwartz
    Gerry Schwartz
    Chairman
    Gerry Schwartz
    Gerry Schwartz
    Chairman

    Mr. Schwartz, 76, of Toronto, Ontario, is the Founder, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Onex. Mr. Schwartz was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2004 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. He is also an honorary director of The Bank of Nova Scotia and is a director of Indigo Books & Music Inc. Mr. Schwartz was Vice Chairman of Mount Sinai Hospital and is a director, governor or trustee of a number of other organizations.

    He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, a Doctor of Laws (Honorary) from St. Francis Xavier University and a Doctor of Philosophy (Honorary) from Tel Aviv University.

    • Daniel Casey
      Daniel Casey
      Director, Independent
      Daniel Casey
      Daniel Casey
      Director, Independent

      Mr. Casey, 70, of Toronto, Ontario, is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Creson Corporation, an investment holding company, and is a member of the board of advisors of Onex Real Estate Partners.

      Mr. Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree from Carleton University.

    • William Etherington
      William Etherington
      Director, Independent
      William Etherington
      William Etherington
      Director, Independent

      Mr. Etherington, 76, of Toronto, Ontario, is a director and the board chair of Celestica Inc. He was a Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM World Trade Corporation until 2001 and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce until February 2009.

      Mr. Etherington holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario.

    • Peter Godsoe
      Peter Godsoe
      Director, Independent
      Peter Godsoe
      Peter Godsoe
      Director, Independent

      Mr. Godsoe, 79, of Toronto, Ontario, was formerly Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Nova Scotia. Mr. Godsoe was a lead director of Rogers Communications Inc. until April 2014 and is a director of a number of non-profit institutes including the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. In 2002, he received the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

      Mr. Godsoe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

    • Mitchell Goldhar
      Mitchell Goldhar
      Director, Independent
      Mitchell Goldhar
      Mitchell Goldhar
      Director, Independent
      Mr. Goldhar, 56, of Toronto, Ontario, is Chairman of the Board of SmartREIT. In 1994, Mr. Goldhar founded SmartCentres and developed 265 shopping centres, many of which were anchored by Walmart. Mr. Goldhar is President and CEO of Penguin Investments Inc., a director of Indigo Books & Music Inc., a Director Emeritus with the SickKids Foundation, is on the Advisory Board for the Canadian Sports Concussion Project and is owner of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club. Mr. Goldhar holds a Bachelor of Political Science degree from York University and has been an adjunct professor with the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto for 12 years.
      • Serge Gouin
        Serge Gouin
        Director, Independent
        Serge Gouin
        Serge Gouin
        Director, Independent

        Mr. Gouin, 73, of Outremont, Quebec, recently retired as Chairman of the Board of Quebecor Media Inc., a communications and media-cable and entertainment company. He is also the former Advisory Director of Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc. (1998-2003), former President and Chief Operating Officer of Le Groupe Vidéotron Ltée. (1991-1996) and former Chairman of the Board of TVA Group Inc. He is currently Chairman of Anges Québec Capital Fund. He previously served on the Advisory Committee of the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario for over 20 years.

        Mr. Gouin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montreal as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business.

      • Ewout Heersink
        Ewout Heersink
        Director
        Ewout Heersink
        Ewout Heersink
        Director

        Mr. Heersink, 65, of Oakville, Ontario, is a Senior Managing Director of the Corporation and has been an executive of Onex since 1983. He served as Onex’ Chief Financial Officer through 2008 and has also served as a director of several of Onex’ operating companies. Mr. Heersink is also a Member of the Advisory Council of the Queen’s School of Business.

        He holds a Bachelor of Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University. Mr. Heersink is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.

        • Arianna Huffington
          Arianna Huffington
          Director, Independent
          Arianna Huffington
          Arianna Huffington
          Director, Independent

          Ms. Huffington, 65, of New York, New York, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thrive Global and former Chairman, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. In May 2005, Ms. Huffington launched The Huffington Post, which won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2012. She was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list in 2013 and was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, in each of 2006 and 2011. Ms. Huffington serves on the boards of PRISA, a leading global Spanish and Portuguese language media group, EL PAÍS, a major Spanish-language newspaper, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

          Ms. Huffington holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Cambridge University.

          • John McCoy
            John McCoy
            Director, Independent
            John McCoy
            John McCoy
            Director, Independent

            Mr. McCoy, 72, of Columbus, Ohio, retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank One Corporation in December 1999, where he had been Chief Executive Officer since 1984 and Chairman since 1998. Mr. McCoy joined Bank One Corporation in 1970. Mr. McCoy is a director of AT&T Inc. and of a number of non-profit institutions.

            Mr. McCoy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Williams College and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

          • J. Robert Prichard
            J. Robert Prichard
            Director, Independent
            J. Robert Prichard
            J. Robert Prichard
            Director, Independent

            Mr. Prichard, 67, of Toronto, Ontario, is non-executive Chairman of Torys LLP and was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of each of Metrolinx and Torstar Corporation. Prior to joining Torstar, he was President of the University of Toronto from 1990-2000. He is also Chairman of each of Bank of Montreal and Metrolinx, and a director of George Weston Ltd. and Barrick Gold Corporation. He is a trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children and a member of Ontario’s Economic Advisory panel.

            Mr. Prichard studied economics at Swarthmore College and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws degree from Yale University. He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Order of Ontario and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

          • Heather Reisman
            Heather Reisman
            Director
            Heather Reisman
            Heather Reisman
            Director

            Ms. Reisman, 67, of Toronto, Ontario, is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Indigo Books & Music Inc. Prior to co-founding Indigo Books & Music, she held the position of President of Cott Corporation from 1990-1992. Ms. Reisman is also a director of Mount Sinai Hospital and a member of the Steering Committee, Bilderberg. She is a former Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange and of McGill University.

            Ms. Reisman was educated at McGill University.

            • Arni Thorsteinson
              Arni Thorsteinson
              Lead Director, Independent
              Arni Thorsteinson
              Arni Thorsteinson
              Lead Director, Independent

              Mr. Thorsteinson, 67, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the President of Shelter Canadian Properties Limited, a diversified real estate development and management company. He is also a director or trustee of Lanesborough Real Estate Investment Trust, Bird Construction Inc. and Temple Hotels Inc. and is a member of the board of advisors of Onex Real Estate Partners. He was the Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

              Mr. Thorsteinson holds Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Doctor of Laws (Honours) degrees from the University of Manitoba as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.