Class of 2009
Jack Cockwell, Group Chairman and Director of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., is recognized as one of Canada’s most highly regarded and respected business leaders.
As a business strategist, he has played a leading role over the past 35 years in the development of numerous prestigious office properties, hydroelectric power dams, base metal mines and forest product mills in North and South America and in the process, helped build one of Canada’s largest industrial groups. More recently, he participated in a sweeping consolidation of these operations into a streamlined asset management company focused on real estate and power generation, with direct investments of $20 billion and a further $30 billion of assets under management.
Mr. Cockwell joined Touche, Ross & Co. in Cape Town in 1959, prior to moving to their Montreal office as a manager. He joined Edper Enterprises Ltd. in 1968 and served as Executive Vice-President until 1979, when he became Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Brookfield. In 1991, he was named President and CEO of Brookfield. Since March 2002, he has served as Group Chairman of Brookfield.
A strong believer in continuing education, he has played an active role at Ryerson University for a number of years as a member of its board of governors and as Campaign Chair for The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
As past-Chairman of the Royal Ontario Museum, he helped initiate, launch and finance a major rebuilding project. He continues to serve on the museum’s Boards of Governors.
Mr. Cockwell is currently a director of Astral Media, Waterfront Toronto and various Brookfield associated companies. He is also a founder and director of the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve, a developer of accessible wilderness trails, nature guides and related environmental publications.