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J. Robert Swidler

Degree(s): 

BCom'68

Biography: 

J. Robert Swidler 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. From Nov. 1, 1989 to Oct. 31, 2013, when Mr. Swidler retired from Egon Zehnder, he led the firm in Canada, first as Managing Partner and for the last five years as Chairman. Mr. Swidler reestablished his former firm on Nov. 1, 2013 under the name J. Robert Swidler & Associates Inc. and is joined by a number of former colleagues among others in continuing to practice senior level executive and board search.

 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. Mr. Swidler joined the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management Advisory Board in April 2002 and was named Chairman of this Board in April 2009, a capacity in which he continues to serve to the present.

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