Founder & Chairman
Jay Hennick is the Founder, Chairman and second largest shareholder of FirstService Corporation, a North American leader in the essential property services sector, serving its customers through two industry-leading service platforms: FirstService Residential, North America's largest manager of residential communities; and FirstService Brands, one of North America's largest providers of essential property services to residential and commercial customers delivered through individually branded franchise systems and company-owned operations.
In June 2015, Mr. Hennick became the Chairman and CEO of Colliers International Group Inc. Mr. Hennick was the CEO of FirstService from 1988 to 2015. In 1998, Jay received Canada's coveted Entrepreneur of the Year award and in 2001 was named Canada's CEO of the year by Canadian Business Magazine.
Before establishing FirstService, Jay obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and a Doctorate of Law from the University of Ottawa before embarking on a successful career as a corporate lawyer. In 2011, Jay received an Honorary Doctorate from York University and in 2014 received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa.
Jay currently serves as Immediate Past Chairman of Sinai Health System in Toronto and formerly was the Chair of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He and his wife Barbara have also established the Hennick Family Foundation to support causes in health care and education including: (i) The Hennick Family Wellness Gallery at The Mount Sinai Hospital; (ii) The Hennick Centre of Business and Law, a joint program of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business in Toronto; and (iii) The Jay Hennick JD - MBA Program at the University of Ottawa.