Jay Hennick is 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 more than $80 billion of 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 $3.4 billion in annualized revenues. For over 27 years, shareholders of both companies have received compound annual returns in share value of greater than 20%.
Jay is also the 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 received 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 and his wife Barbara are also active philanthropists. Over the past few years, the couple has supported many causes in health care, education, and the arts, the largest of which include: $50 million donation to the Royal Ontario Museum in support of their revitalization and new vision plans; $36 million donation 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 and other significant benefactions including to Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University and to the University of Ottawa.