J. Robert S. Prichard
J. Robert S. Prichard is chairman of Torys LLP, a leading international business law firm with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and New York. He is also chairman of the Bank of Montreal and chair of Metrolinx, the regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. Prior to joining Torys in 2010, Rob had careers as a law professor, academic leader and business leader. He was a professor of law at the University of Toronto from 1976 to 2001, specializing in law and economics and served as dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto from 1984 to 1990. Rob served as the 13th president of the University of Toronto from 1990 to 2000. Rob’s business experience includes serving from 2002 to 2009 as president and CEO of Torstar Corporation, a leading Canadian media company with newspaper and book publishing businesses. He currently serves as a director of Onex Corporation and George Weston Ltd. (as Lead Director). In the volunteer sector, Rob serves as a trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children and also serves as a member of Canada’s Economic Advisory Council and Ontario’s Economic Advisory Panel. Rob has previously served as Vice Chair of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council and chair of the Visiting Committee for Harvard Law School. Rob studied honours economics at Swarthmore College, received his MBA (Dean’s List) in finance and international business from the University of Chicago and earned law degrees from the University of Toronto (Gold Medallist) and Yale University (Viscount Bennett Fellow). Rob has been recognized by appointment as an officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received honorary degrees from ten colleges and universities in Canada and the United States and received the David Smith Award for contributions to public policy in higher education.