John Bitove

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John I. Bitove, Jr. (born 1960 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian businessman and sportsman. Through Obelysk he is involved in several companies including; the major shareholder and chairman of KEYreit Canada's largest "small box" real estate investment trust, Sirius XM Canada Canada's largest subscriber audio service and Mobilicity (formerly DAVE Wireless) a new wireless service focused on Canada's major cities.

In 2005 he established the S’Cool Life Fund which has raised over $2 million to fund extracurricular activities in Canadian schools. To date S'Cool Life Fund has provided grants for 746 school D.R.E.A.M.S. (Drama, Recreation, Extra-Curricular, Arts, Music, or Sports) projects across Canada helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (K-8).

Bitove was the volunteer president of the City of Toronto bid for the 2008 Olympic Games. He was the founder of the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association franchise as well as the creator of the new home of sports and entertainment in Toronto the Air Canada Centre.

He has also been the volunteer organizer for the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics (track and field) and the 1994 FIBA World Championship of Basketball. In 2005 he received the first James Naismith Award of Excellence by Canada Basketball.

Bitove earned an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Business (marketing) from Indiana University in 1983. He is a member of the Beta Eta Chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity. He also received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 1984 and was called to the bar and admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1986. Since 2007 he has served on the board of trustees of Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He is the son of John Bitove, Sr. and is of Macedonian heritage.[1]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Robertson, Grant (2008-03-28). "Meet John Bitove". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
Preceded by
club did not exist
Toronto Raptors CEO
19951997
Succeeded by
Richard Peddie (CEO)