York alumnus and honorary degree recipient Jay S. Hennick (BA ’78, LLD ’11) has been named a member of the Order of Canada. Hennick is among the 103 new appointments to the Order of Canada announced on Dec. 27 by Governor General of Canada Julie Payette.
“On behalf of all of the entire York community, I wish to extend my warmest congratulations to Jay Hennick on this recognition of the outstanding vision and generosity he has demonstrated throughout his career,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton. “York University is proud to be able to call Mr. Hennick an alumnus, honorary degree recipient and a supporter, and his dedication to both excellence and philanthropy make him an extraordinary role model for our students.”
Hennick earned a bachelor of arts degree from York University and a doctor of laws degree from the University of Ottawa. He worked in corporate law for 13 years before establishing FirstService Corporation. In 2015, FirstService separated into two independent public companies and Hennick assumed the role of global Chair, CEO and largest shareholder of Colliers International Group Inc., one of the world’s largest and fastest growing commercial real estate service firms. He is the former Chair of Sinai Health System’s Board of Directors and former Chair of Mount Sinai Hospital. Hennick and his wife, Barbara, established the Jay & Barbara Hennick Foundation, which contributes to many charitable causes in health care and education, including the Hennick Centre of Business & Law, a joint program of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business; the Jay Hennick JD – MBA Program at the University of Ottawa; and the Hennick Family Wellness Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The new list includes two companions (C.C.), 15 officers (O.C.) and 86 members (C.M.). The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation by those who have enriched the lives of others and made a difference to Canada. It is the country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.