Class of 2013
David Mirvish is a Canadian art collector, theatre producer and entrepreneur. A passionate supporter of the theatre and Canada’s artistic community, Mr. Mirvish is the owner and operator of Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Ed Mirvish Theatre and Panasonic Theatre.
In 1941, Mr. Mirvish’s parents opened the store that in 1948 would become Honest Ed’s. Today, David Mirvish is the owner and operator of the beloved discount emporium and Toronto landmark. David Mirvish began his career as an art dealer when in 1963, at the age of 19, he opened the David Mirvish Gallery.
Mr. Mirvish has received many awards and recognitions for his contributions to the Canadian arts scene, including being named to the Order of Ontario in 2001 and awarded a Member to the Order of Canada in 1995. He is also a recipient of the Brenda Donohue Award for outstanding service and contribution to theatre in Toronto, the Toronto Arts Award for the Visual Arts, and the prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Award, honouring outstanding patrons of the arts, worldwide, who have given their time, energy and money in order to encourage cultural life to flourish.
He has been presented with honorary doctorates from Queen’s University, the York University Fine Arts department, the Faculty of Applied Arts at Ryerson University and University College, the University of Toronto. In June 2012, he was installed as the Chancellor of the University of Guelph.
He has given of his time and resources to numerous charitable causes. Mr. Mirvish is the son of the late Ed Mirvish, who was a well-known Toronto business owner, and the artist Anne Lazare Macklin.