Mitch Garber is a Canadian business executive who is currently the CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and the World Series of Poker, as well as chairman of Cirque du Soleil. Mr. Garber was born in Montreal, graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts, and then went on to earn a degree in Civil Law from the University of Ottawa. The following year he was called to the Quebec Bar and began working as a lawyer at the Montreal firm of Lazarus, Charbonneau.
Rather than resting on his laurels to build a successful law career, Mitch Garber leveraged his experience into the broader world of business and entrepreneurship, becoming a senior executive at SureFire Commerce Inc. (then called Terra Payments), an online payment processing company he helped create.
In 2006, he was recruited to become CEO of PartyGaming. A few years later, he established a subsidiary for entertainment giant Caesars Entertainment, which he shepherded through a variety of timely acquisitions, until its sale in 2016 to a consortium of Chinese buyers. Today he is a minority owner and chairman of Cirque du Soleil, and is an active private equity investor/board member in association with TPG and Apollo, two global private equity leaders.
Despite all this international success, Mitch Garber remains extremely committed to his philanthropic pursuits, which include chairing the advisory board of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, where he and his wife have established a post-doctoral fellowship grant in cancer research. He also chaired the 2016 Centraide/United Way campaign, raising a record $55 million. He appeared on the Quebec version of Dragons’ Den as its first Anglophone dragon, which is fitting given his ongoing support for bilingualism and for bridging the gap between Canada’s “two solitudes”. Finally, his creation of the Mitch and Anne-Marie Garber Foundation, which focuses on education, healthcare and science research, is further evidence of his ongoing service to others.