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Wanted in the GTA: Honesty, Boldness and Big Thinking
John Tory is a Canadian businessman, political activist, former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, former Member of Provincial Parliament and broadcaster. He also is the volunteer chair of the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance.
Tory received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1975. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1978 from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1980.
From 1980 to 1981, and 1986 to 1995, Tory held various positions Tory, Tory, DesLauriers and Binnington, including partner, managing partner, and member of the Executive Committee.
From 1981 to 1985, Tory served in the Office of the Premier of Ontario as Principal Secretary to the Premier and Associate Secretary of the Cabinet. In 1985 Tory joined the Office of the Canadian Special Envoy on Acid Rain, as Special Advisor to the Special Envoy. Tory later served as Tour Director and Campaign Chairman to then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
From 1995 to 1999, he returned to Rogers Communications Inc., as president and CEO of Rogers Media. In 1999, Tory became president and CEO of Rogers subsidiary Rogers Cable.
Tory was leader of the Ontario PC party from 2004 to 2009.
In January of 2010, Tory became the Chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, now named the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance. In August 2012, Tory was appointed Co Chair of Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance. He currently hosts Newstalk 1010′s Monday to Friday Live Drive, which airs from 4pm to 7pm.
John Tory’s community work has been widely recognized. He is a recipient of the Order of Ontario and the Diamond Jubilee Medal and both the Paul Harris and Mel Osborne Awards from the Rotary and Kiwanis organizations respectively. He was named a Life Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is also the recipient of the African Canadian Achievement Award, the Harry Jerome Award and the 2011 Negev Dinner Honouree.