Robert Rabinovitch

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Robert Rabinovitch (born 1943) is a Canadian public servant and businessman, and he served as the President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1999 to 2007.


A graduate of McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania, he holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of McGill University since 1997, serving as Chair from 1999 to 2006. In 2007, Rabinovitch was reappointed Chair of McGill's Board for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2008. In 2003, Rabinovitch was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by York University in recognition of his public service.

Rabinovitch has held positions in both the public and private sectors. He worked for the Government of Canada from 1968 to 1986, serving as Under Secretary of State from January 1985 to September 1986 and Deputy Minister of Communications from 1982 to 1985. He also held several positions within the Privy Council Office, including Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Senior Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Priorities and Planning.

While serving as head of the CBC, Rabinovitch ordered the lockout of 5,500 unionized employees in 2005, leading to a two-month labour struggle between the Crown corporation and the Canadian Media Guild.

Prior to his appointment as head of the CBC, Rabinovitch served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Claridge Inc., a Bronfman family holding company. He has been a member of a number of corporate boards, including Cineplex Odeon and NetStar Communications. He was also a member of the federal government's Direct-to-Home Satellite Broadcasting Policy Review Panel.

Rabinovitch has also been active with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), the CRB Foundation, the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation and the Canadian Film Centre. He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress (Québec) until his appointment to the CBC.


Preceded by
Perrin Beatty
President of the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Succeeded by
Hubert Lacroix