Robert Rabinovitch


Robert Rabinovitch is an experienced executive who served as president and chief executive officer of CBC/Radio-Canada from 1999 to 2007. Prior to joining CBC/Radio-Canada, he was executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Claridge Inc., a private equity firm headquartered in Montreal.

From 1968 to 1986, Robert held several positions with the Government of Canada, including under-secretary of state, deputy minister of communications, and several Privy Council Office positions, including deputy secretary to the cabinet, and senior assistant secretary to the cabinet for priorities and planning.

Robert is very active in the areas of academics, health, culture and philanthropy. He currently serves as vice-chair of the McGill University Health Centre and chair of its research ethics committee. He is chair emeritus for McGill University, having served as chair of the board for 10 years. Robert also sits on the board of the Canadian Centre of Architecture, advisory committee for DBL Cleantech, and investment committees for McGill and The Nature Conservancy. Previously, he held board positions with Cineplex Odeon, NetStar Communications, and several not publicly traded companies such as Prime Restaurant Group, owners of East Side Marios. He was on the investment committee for Nunavut Trust, a member of the Government of Canada’s Direct-to-Home Satellite Broadcasting Policy Review Panel, and served as a special advisor to the boards of MaxLink Communications and Loews Cineplex. Robert has been active with the Canadian Executive Service Organization, CRB Foundation, Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, and the Canadian Film Centre. He also chaired the executive committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress (Québec).

Robert holds a bachelor of commerce from McGill University, along with a master of arts and PhD in finance from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School). In 2003, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from York University, and in 2010, he received a second honorary doctor of laws from McGill University, both in recognition of his professional contributions and his commitment to the community.

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