April 2019

Addressing the Global Leadership Gap with John McCall MacBain

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York - Ballroom - 100 Front St W, M5J 1E3, Toronto

As globalization, new technologies, and rapid social transformations challenge our planet like never before, we need a new generation of leaders who can turn uncertainty into opportunity, and define the path to a healthier, fairer and more prosperous world.

John and Marcy McCall MacBain’s landmark gift of $200 million – the largest single gift in Canadian history – established the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill in February 2019. Through an extensive national and international selection process, students will be chosen for entrepreneurial spirit, civic engagement, academic excellence, intellectual curiosity and exceptional character.

“John and Marcy’s gift profoundly enhances Canada’s place in the world as a nation of knowledge and innovation. This donation illuminates our country as a place that cherishes learning for all who seek knowledge. Their gift more solidly establishes Canada as a modern-day Athens—a centre of talent, scholarship and innovation that relies on the lever of soft power rather than the hammer of hard power wielded by the Romes of the world,” says Right Honourable David Johnston.

Join us April 3rd for a conversation with John McCall MacBain about this remarkable gift and why he believes this might be his best investment yet.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to Julia@economicclub.ca by March 29, 2019.
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Addressing the Global Leadership Gap with John McCall MacBain

John McCall MacBain

Canadian Businessman & Philanthropist
Founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation

John McCall MacBain

Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, John McCall MacBain attended McGill University on scholarship to study Economics, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980. During his time at McGill, he was deeply involved in student life, including serving as President of the Students Society. In his final year he was named Valedictorian. Mr. McCall MacBain subsequently obtained a law degree from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, followed by an MBA from Harvard Business School, before launching a successful entrepreneurial career as founder and controlling shareholder of Trader Classified Media.

Starting with his purchase of three small publications in Montréal, Canada in 1987 at 29 years old, Mr. McCall MacBain grew the Trader Classified Media, Auto Trader and Buy and Sell businesses worldwide with over 350 print titles and 50 internet sites in 23 countries, including France, Canada, China, Argentina, Russia, Hungary, Mexico, Italy and Spain. In the fall of 2006, he successfully sold Trader Classified Media and with the proceeds of the sale co-founded with his wife Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain the McCall MacBain Foundation and its investment arm, Pamoja Capital SA. Through Pamoja Capital, Mr. McCall MacBain is now the largest investor in student housing management in Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to serving as Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation, Mr. McCall MacBain has been active in many philanthropic activities, including serving as Chair of the McGill Principal’s International Advisory Board, and as a Trustee of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation in Cape Town. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, a Foundation Fellow of Wadham College Oxford and is the Founding Chair of the European Climate Foundation. For his achievements as a business leader and for his contributions to academic institutions as a philanthropist, Mr. McCall MacBain was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2016. He is also the recipient of several honorary degrees including an honourary doctorate from McGill.

Sevaun Palvetzian

CEO, CivicAction

Sevaun Palvetzian

Sevaun Palvetzian has been CEO at CivicAction since January of 2014. Under her leadership, the organization has launched the CivicAction Leadership Foundation and two new initiatives focused on youth unemployment and mental health in the workplace. Before CivicAction, Sevaun held several senior executive roles within the Ontario Government where she championed the next generation of leaders launching the Youth and New Professional Secretariat – a government-wide strategy to attract and retain future generations of leaders which included launching the award-winning Learn and Work Program for at-risk youth.

Prior to her work in government, Sevaun held positions at the University of Toronto, the World Bank Group, and Presidential Classroom, a Washington D.C. -based civic education organization.

Sevaun frequently contributes to city-building efforts including serving as a member of the Premier’s Community Hubs Advisory Group, The Toronto Police Service Board Transformational Task Force, and as a member of Mayor John Tory’s Advisory Panel for International Hosting Opportunities. She also sits on the Board of Directors for both Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), NPower Canada, Waterfront Toronto, and is a member of Ivey Business School Leadership Council.

She completed the Ivey Executive Program at the Ivey School of Business and has an M.A. in history from the University of Western Ontario.”

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