The Giller Prize
Born, educated and raised in Montreal, Jack
Rabinovitch graduated from McGill University in 1952 with
a B.A. in Honours English.
His early experience was as a cub reporter,
speechwriter, food retailing and distribution executive
and subsequently as an independent builder and real estate
Jack joined Trizec Corporation in 1972 as
a project manager and was then appointed Executive Vice-President
in 1986, responsible for the profitability and strategic
planning of the Eastern North American region. In the next
seven years, he was responsible for the planning, development,
construction, leasing and financing of 6 million square
feet of commercial, retail and hotel space. He was responsible
for developing many joint ventures with major Fortune 500
companies like Xerox, General Motors, Hilton International
and Sheraton Corporation.
He also served on the Board of Directors
of the Edper Group of companies.
He resigned his corporate duties in 1993
when his wife was stricken with cancer.
Jack joined the Board of the Princess Margaret
Hospital in late 1986 and was charged with the responsibility
of planning, developing and constructing the new Princess
Margaret Hospital on University Ave. in Toronto. The new
hospital was completed in 1993 - on time and under budget
- a first in the province of Ontario. Today, the new Princess
Margaret Hospital is the most complete and comprehensive
cancer care centre in Canada.
Jack is currently on the board of the Princess
Margaret Hospital Foundation. He also serves on the Building
and Environment Committee of the University Health Network
THE GILLER PRIZE
Jack founded The Giller Prize in 1994 to
honour the memory of his late wife Doris Giller, an outstanding
literary journalist who died of cancer in April 1993. He
was assisted by several friends - most notably the late
Mordecai Richler, author Alice Munro, and academician David
Staines - in building the Prize's creative template. The
Giller Prize is dedicated to celebrating the best in Canadian
fiction each year, and to enhancing marketing efforts in
bringing these books to the attention of all Canadians.
Jack is currently the President of Nodel
Investments Ltd., a real estate/venture capital firm.
AWARDS & HONOURS
Jack has been honoured with several awards
for his contributions to Canada's literary and civic landscape.
- Honourary Doctorate LLD, University of Toronto
- The Order of Canada - 2000
- Maclean's Magazine 'Man of the Year' - 1999
- The Order of Ontario - 1997
Jack has lived in Toronto since 1986. He
has three daughters - Noni, Daphna and Elana - and two grandchildren
- Jacob and Saffi.
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