DUniv. 2017

Honorary Doctorate Recipient

Mitch Garber


Mitch Garber C.M., is a Canadian lawyer and former CEO of Optimal Payments/Paysafe (Nasdaq), PartyGaming Plc/PartyBwin (LSE), Caesars Acquisition Company /Playtika Ltd. (Nasdaq). He is the Chairman of Invest in Canada, the Canadian agency responsible for foreign investment in Canada.

He is an active investor and co-invests with lead investors including; Apollo, TPG, David Bonderman/Wildcat, and Fosun, and sits on the boards of Rackspace Technology (Apollo), Shutterfly Inc. (Apollo), and Fosun Fashion Group (Lanvin, Wolford, St John Knits, and Caruso).

He is a minority owner and executive committee member of the NHL Seattle Kraken, majority owned by TPG Founder David Bonderman.

He was the non-executive Chairman of Cirque Du Soleil, a TPG/Fosun holding, from 2015-2020.

He sits on the board and leads a number of philanthropic activities in Canada and Israel.

He has a BA from McGill University ('86), a law degree from the University of Ottawa ('89) , an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa ('17), and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2019.

He is married to Anne-Marie Boucher a tax lawyer, and active philanthropist. Mitch and Anne-Marie have two adult sons, and the family resides in Montreal.

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