Jay S. Hennick

Jay S. Hennick

C.M., J.D., C.B.H.F.



Jay Hennick is a Canadian Billionaire, businessman and philanthropist. He is the global Chairman, CEO and controlling shareholder of Colliers International, a global leader in commercial real estate and investment management with more than $4.5 billion in revenues and about $100 million in assets under management. Jay is also the Founder, Chairman and largest individual shareholder of FirstService Corporation, the largest residential property management and services company in North America with more than $4.2 billion in annualized revenues.

For over 28 years, shareholders of both companies have received compound annual returns in share value of greater than 20%.

Jay is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Hennick & Company, a private family investment firm established to invest in high-quality, growth-oriented business and real estate assets that the family would be proud to own for the long term. Since its founding in 2014, Hennick & Company has made significant investments in Foster + Partners, a global leader in architecture, infrastructure, design and engineering and Haventree Bank, a leading provider of residential mortgage loans to near prime borrowers, among others.

Before establishing FirstService, Jay completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics) from York University and a Doctor of Laws (J.D) from the University of Ottawa. In 2011, Jay received an Honorary Doctorate from York University and in 2014, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa.

In 2019, Jay was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada and in the same year was the recipient of the International Horatio Alger Award. In 1998, Jay also received Canada's coveted Entrepreneur of the Year and was named Canada's CEO of the Year in 2001 by Canadian Business Magazine.

Jay served as the Chairman of the board of the Sinai Health System and Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto between 2013 and 2016. Jay and his wife Barbara are also active philanthropists establishing the Hennick Family Foundation to support many causes in health care, education, and the arts, the largest of which include:

  • $50 million donation to the Royal Ontario Museum, the largest single donation in the history of the institution to support of a multi-year revitalization of one of Ontario’s most treasured institutions.
  • $36 million donation to Sinai Health, the largest single donation in the history of the institution to name “Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital”, the largest complex care and rehabilitation hospital in Canada.
  • $10 million donation to the World Holocaust Remembrance Center (Yad Vashem) in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • $8 million donation to name the “Hennick JD-MBA Program” at Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business at York University.
  • $7.5 million donation to name the “Hennick Family Wellness Gallery”, a healing and respite gallery at Mount Sinai Hospital that houses the largest collection of artworks by famed Canadian artist, Sorel Etrog.
  • $3.5 million donation to provide special scholarships to worthy recipients at the University of Ottawa Law School; and
  • Several smaller benefactions to a variety of causes in health care, arts, and education in Canada.
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