Hugh Anthony (Tony) Arrell grew up in a small town in the farming community of Caledonia, Ontario. Tony attended the University of Guelph, where he earned a BSc in Agricultural Economics, and York University’s Schulich School of Business, where he received his MBA.
Tony began his career as an Investment Analyst in 1969 before becoming Director of Research at several prominent investment firms. His investment approach was influenced by a chance encounter with Warren Buffett early in his career and a long association with the late George Gardiner.
In late 1992, Tony became Chair and CEO of a fledgeling operation, Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. He gave up his CEO role in 2019 but continues to be active in the firm as Chairman, analyst, and investor.
Tony has also been involved in the business community, serving as Director for several private and public companies. A former Director of the Toronto Stock Exchange, Tony was also a founding Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.
Tony’s philanthropic efforts focus on food security, education, and health organizations. In 1999, Tony and his wife Anne established the Arrell Family Foundation to support organizations involved in food security, mental health, and medical research. The couple also supports the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada. Tony is also a long-time Director at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Tony has a deep passion for his community, both in Toronto and in Creemore, Ontario, where he and Anne have a farm. In 2019, Tony and several community members incorporated the Creemore Community Foundation to raise the capital to construct the Creemore Village Green, a significant civic enhancement for this rural community.
Tony has been honoured numerous times for his contributions to the community including honorary doctorates and awards from the two universities he attended. In January 2017, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada.
Tony has been married to Anne for 54 for years. They have three daughters and five grandchildren.