Canadian philanthropist Don K. Johnson, O.C., LL.D
Toronto Business Journal features Canadian philanthropist Don Johnson.
Canadian Economic Club bio:
Mr. Johnson is currently a Member of the Advisory Board of BMO Capital Markets, the Investment Banking Division of BMO Financial Group, one of Canada’s leading banks. He began his investment career in 1963 when he joined a predecessor firm of Burns Fry as a research analyst. He subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility and was President of Burns Fry from 1984 to 1989. He was a Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange from 1978 to 1980 and Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada from 1988 to 1989. He retired as Vice Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns in October 2004.
During his 49-year career with the firm, Mr. Johnson has been the “Team Leader” on a number of major deals, including $20 billion of transactions associated with British American Tobacco’s privatization of the Canadian conglomerate, Imasco and the subsequent divestitures of Imasco’s non-tobacco businesses. Another major transaction was the $1.1 billion “bought deal” secondary distribution of 55% of Suncor for Sun Company in 1995.
Current Investment and Community Activities:
In addition to his role as Member of the Advisory Board of BMO Capital Markets, Mr. Johnson serves on the boards of two public companies. He is Chairman of easyhome Ltd., Canada’s leading merchandise leasing company, with 198 Canadian and U.S. corporate stores, 52 Canadian and U.S. franchise stores and 95 easy financial locations. He is also a director of Manicouagan Minerals, a junior mining exploration company.
In the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Johnson serves on the Advisory Board of the Richard Ivey School of Business and as a Board Member of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, Business for the Arts, and is a member of the 2012 United Way of Greater Toronto Major Individual Giving Cabinet.