John Tory is a lawyer, business leader, community activist and broadcaster. He was formerly an elected representative serving as Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin Peel Wellington Grey, as Leader of the Ontario PC Party and as Leader of the Official Opposition in the Ontario Parliament.
The early years of Mr. Tory’s career were spent practicing law in Toronto, and he was later elected as a managing partner of one of Canada’s biggest law firms. In the 1980’s he served as Principal Secretary to Premier Bill Davis and as Associate Secretary of the Ontario Cabinet.
In 1995, John Tory joined the Rogers Group of Companies, first as President and CEO of Rogers Media Inc. and then as President and CEO of Rogers Cable, Canada’s largest cable and internet service provider. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of Rogers Communications Inc. and a number of other companies.
Mr. Tory has an extensive background in volunteer community service. He served as volunteer Chairman and Commissioner of the Canadian Football League and has chaired fundraising campaigns for St. Michael’s Hospital and the United Way. He maintains an active involvement in those two organizations, as well as chairing the current fundraising campaign for the Toronto International Film Festival. He also holds leadership positions in a wide range of charitable organizations ranging from autism to kids at risk, Canadian authors and children with physical disabilities.
John Tory was a founding Board Member and was the former Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (formerly Toronto City Summit Alliance), a highly respected city-building organization. He hosts a daily three hour talk show on Canada’s leading talk station Newstalk 1010.
John Tory’s community work has been widely recognized. He is a recipient of the Order of Ontario and the Diamond Jubilee Medal and both the Paul Harris and Mel Osborne Awards from the Rotary and Kiwanis organizations respectively and was named a Life Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is also the recipient of an African Canadian Achievement Award, the Harry Jerome Award and the 2011 Negev Dinner Honouree.
John and his wife Barbara have been married for 32 years and have four children and two grandchildren.