November 24, 1941 |
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Alma mater||University of Manitoba
|Spouse(s)||Heather Reisman (1982–present)|
Gerald W. Schwartz, OC born c.1941 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a Canadian businessman. In 1977 he co-founded CanWest Global Communications Inc, followed by Onex Corporation in 1983. He has been a director of Scotiabank since 1999. With an estimated net worth of $US 1.0 billion (as of March 2011), Schwartz was ranked by Forbes as the 24th wealthiest Canadian and 1,140th in the world.
Schwartz graduated from Kelvin High School in Winnipeg. He received his B.A. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Manitoba where he became an active brother of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. He later received an MBA degree from Harvard University in 1970.
In 1982, Schwartz married Heather Reisman, Chief Executive of Indigo Books and Music. Schwartz has two children from his first marriage and two step-children from his marriage to Heather Reisman. The couple are members of the Reform synagogue, Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.
Support for Israel
One of his initiatives has been to send hundreds of iPods to IDF troops.
In 2005, he and his wife, Heather Reisman started scholarship program for IDF lone soldiers (servicemen and servicewomen with no family in Israel), called the Heseg Foundation.  The Foundation offers scholarships to successful applicants in order to support their pursuit of academic excellence following their completion of military service. These scholarships consist of full stipends for academic studies as well as financial support for daily living expenses and related benefits.
In 2006, he made a donation to University of Waterloo for $578,000 for an exchange program between University of Waterloo, Canada and University of Haifa, Israel. He wanted Canada to be working with Israel as partners.
Schwartz was a founder in 2004 of the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy.
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