Class of 2009
Joseph L. 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.
In July 2008, Joseph L. Rotman was appointed to a five-year term as Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, the principal conduit of federal support for Canada’s professional artists and arts organizations.
Mr. Rotman is Chairman of Roy-L Capital Corporation, a private family investment company, 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 as a Director on numerous corporate boards including the Bank of Montreal, Barrick Gold Corporation, Canada Northwest Energy Ltd., Clairvest Group Inc., Masonite International, Tarragon Oil and Gas and TrizecHahn Corp.
Mr. Joseph L. Rotman has been involved in the advancement of Canadian life sciences research, the development of Canada’s innovation capacity, and related public policy, including Canadian Institute of Health Research: Governing Council and Chair of the President’s International Advisory Committee; Chaired the Expert Panel in preparation of “People and Excellence: The Heart of Successful Commercialization” for Industry Canada; MaRS (Medical and Related Sciences Discovery District), a founder and a member of the Board of Directors; Chaired the preparation of the Ontario BIOCouncil Report.
Through active involvement and financial assistance, Mr. Rotman and his wife have supported the development of internationally-renowned Canadian institutions, including The Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest to create leading-edge knowledge in cognitive neuroscience; McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health at the University Health Network and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
On January 27, 2015 the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement of Canada bid farewell to Mr. Rotman. We were very privileged to work with him as an active member of the Circle of Inspiration, an exclusive network of business and community leaders that provide support to JA Canada. Mr. Rotman was a role model for the next generation of business leaders in Canada who were supported by his commitment to philanthropy and mentorship.