About Lawrence S. Bloomberg, C.M., O.Ont.
“Creating change is what the Bloomberg Manulife Prize is all about,” says Lawrence S. Bloomberg, chair of the Board of Directors of BloombergSen Inc., recently appointed Chancellor of Ryerson University, and co-founder of the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.
As the long-time chair of the board of Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, he has observed first-hand the tremendous pressures that lifestyle-related illnesses place on the health care system and by extension the Canadian and American economies. Eventually he grew frustrated by the fact that, although these challenges are widely acknowledged in the public and private sectors as well as in the media, the problem continues to get worse.
“These experiences have led me to focus many of my energies on improving health care and finding ways to better educate the population on the issues of health and lifestyle,” he explains.
Some of Mr. Bloomberg’s contributions to this area have included his support of the School of Nursing at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Women’s and Infants’ Health at Mount Sinai. He also helped establish Toronto’s Medical and Related Sciences Discovery District, or MaRs, which is advancing the commercial aspect of medical research.
Mr. Bloomberg has an MBA from McGill University and, when he decided to give back to his alma mater, active health was the area he wanted to support. It was an easy decision, not only because of Mr. Bloomberg’s passion for the issue, but because McGill’s Faculty of Education and its Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education are at the forefront of some of the most exciting research and scholarship related to healthy living. Ultimately Mr. Bloomberg decided a prize that recognizes the innovative research taking place at universities and hospitals across North America would have the greatest impact.
In partnership with Manulife Financial, the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health was created to serve as a vehicle for rewarding and publicly recognizing cutting-edge work that is too often confined to the pages of academic and scientific journals. The Prize aims to bring research related to active health into the public domain, where it can have a significant influence on how we live.
“That is really the essence of the Bloomberg Manulife Prize – to create positive change in people’s attitudes and behaviours toward healthy living,” Mr. Bloomberg says. “I am confident that McGill, with all its skills and talents and its international reputation for excellence, can help us accomplish our goal.”
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