We are sad to report the death last week of Paul Cantor, the first Executive Director (CEO) of Toronto Centre.
Paul described his time at Toronto Centre as a “sabbatical from capitalism”. In fact, Paul had held positions of increasing importance in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors before taking on the leadership of a fledgling Toronto Centre. He had worked at the World University Service of Canada, the Canadian Department of Finance, Polisar Limited, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Confederation Life (CEO) and National Trust (CEO).
At Toronto Centre, Paul oversaw the creation of the first Banking program, which became the template for many succeeding programs, including in insurance and pensions and in securities and capital markets. This first program focused on leadership training and change management, which are still keen areas of interest in Toronto Centre today. Another key element of that first program was the use of the case method and a highly interactive approach to learning - approaches that remain in force today.
After getting TC solidly launched, Paul elected to return to capitalism, with sojourns at Russell Reynolds, Bennett Jones LLP and numerous Board appointments.
Paul was a renaissance man, with a wide and eclectic range of interests. He is the recipient of a number of awards for community service, including membership in the Order of Canada.
Paul remained a friend of Toronto Centre, and was a frequent and welcome guest at board dinners, including the most recent dinner in May 2018.