Board of Directors

Joseph L. Rotman

Joseph L. Rotman, O.C., LL.D.

Chairman of Grand Challenges Canada

Mr. Rotman is Chairman of Roy-L Capital Corporation, a private family investment company. He launched his business career in 1962 and has been involved in establishing a number of private and public companies active in oil trading, petroleum distribution, oil and gas exploration, merchant banking, real estate and venture capital. He has served on numerous corporate boards including the Bank of Montreal, Barrick Gold Corporation, Canada Northwest Energy Ltd., Masonite International and TrizecHahn Corp. He founded Tarragon Oil and Gas, Geocrude Energy, PanCana Resources, PanCana Minerals and Embassy Resources, as well as a number of other companies, and served as their Chair. He also founded Clairvest Group Inc., a merchant bank, and continues to serve as a Member of the Board.

On July 1, 2012 Joseph Rotman was appointed as Chancellor of Western University for a four-year term.  The Chancellor is the titular head of the university, and its foremost ambassador.  He is a member of both the Senate and the Board of Governors, the Chancellor presides at Convocation and with the delegated authority of Senate, confers all degrees, diplomas and certificates.

In 2009, Joseph Rotman was appointed Chair of Grand Challenges Canada, a new global health organization funded by the Federal Government to deliver the Development Innovation Fund announced in the 2008 Budget.  Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting bold ideas with big impact in global health.  Central to the organization’s approach is Integrated Innovation, the co-ordinated application of science, technology, social and business innovation.  Grand Challenges Canada is hosted at the Sandra Rotman Centre.

In 2008/2009 Joseph Rotman co-led a major review of the state of brain research in Ontario, which led to the recommendation to the Provincial Government that it create the Ontario Brain Institute (“OBI”).  Premier McGuinty announced initial funding for the OBI in late 2010, and appointed Mr. Rotman as its Chair.  In mid-2012, the Premier announced that funding of the OBI was to be extended for another three years.

In 2008, Joseph L. Rotman was appointed to a five-year term as Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Crown corporation that for over half a century has been the principal conduit of federal support by grants, endowments and prizes for Canada’s professional artists and arts organizations.

Joseph Rotman received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1957 and his M.Comm. from the University of Toronto in 1960. During 1960-61 he studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in the Ph.D. program. Mr. Rotman was awarded an honorary LL.D. from the University of Toronto in 1994.  His appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada was announced on January 4, 1995.  He was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame as a Companion in May 2009, and was awarded an Honourary LLD from Western University in June 2009.  The Association of Fundraising Professionals honoured Sandra and Joseph Rotman with the 2009 Outstanding Philanthropists Award. Sandra and Joseph Rotman were selected as torchbearers for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Run in Toronto on December 17, 2009. Sandra and Joseph were also awarded with the Beth Sholom Brotherhood Humanitarian award in 2011 and Joseph Rotman is the Honouree of the Toronto Club’s 2011 Annual Members Dinner.   Mr. Rotman was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Life Sciences Ontario on February 29, 2012.

For more information:

Alain Beaudet MD, PhD

President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Daniel Carucci MD

Former Vice President for Global Health of the United Nations Foundation

Charles Field-Marsham

President of Kestrel Capital Management Corp.

Allan E. Gotlieb C.C.

Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States and Former Chairman of the Canada Council

Mohamed H.A. Hassan PhD

Co-Chair of IAP, the global network of science academies

Jean Lebel PhD

President, International Development Research Centre

Gerhard Pries

Sarona Asset Management Inc.

Allan R. Ronald OC

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

Morris Rosenberg LL.L., LL.D.

Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada)

Guylaine Saucier FCA, CM, ICD.D

Corporate Director

Peter A. Singer OC, MD, MPH, FRSC

Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada