The OCAD University community is deeply saddened by the passing of John Vivash, former Chair of the OCAD U Foundation (2008 to 2015). John passed away on August 5, 2019.
An important supporter of adult education and the arts, John was recognized at OCAD University in 2009 for his significant contributions with an Honorary Alumni Designation by the OCAD Alumni Association. John was President & CEO of Tesseract Financial Inc. and a Director of Cangene Corporation, as well as a member of the Foundation Board Governing Council of Sunnybrook Hospital, and the President's Circle at the University of Toronto. A former President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Securities International Ltd. and former President of and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC Securities Inc, John served as a Director of more than 30 publicly owned Corporations headquartered in Canada, the United States, Bermuda and Europe.
The family welcomes donations in John's memory to the Geriatric Oncology Project Fund - The Princess Margaret Foundation, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9.