Robert Swidler was Managing Partner for Canada of Egon Zehnder International Inc. from November 1, 1989 to October 31, 2008. Since then, he continues to serve as Chairman for Canada of the firm. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in 1968, and his Master of Business Administration from Cornell University in 1970. Mr. Swidler started his career in 1970 with Touche Ross & Co./P.S. Ross & Partners in Montreal and was made a Partner of the firm in 1975. He formed his own executive search firm, J. Robert Swidler Inc., in 1979 with offices in Montreal and Toronto which grew to become one of Canada’s largest firms prior to its acquisition by Egon Zehnder International in 1989.
Mr. Swidler was Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Board of Governors of Lower Canada College over a six year period. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Canadian Club of Montreal and a former Vice‐President of its Board of Directors. He currently serves as a Board member of the Foundations of both the Montreal General Hospital and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), having been Chairman of the former from 2003 to 2005.