Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited
Larry Tanenbaum has extensive experience as an operating executive and private equity investor. He also has a distinguished record of public service with a variety of organizations. In recognition of his contributions in the areas of philanthropy, business and volunteerism, Mr. Tanenbaum was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in October 2007, the highest civilian award in Canada’s honours system.
Mr. Tanenbaum is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited, having served as President and CEO from 1968 to 2000. Under his direction, Kilmer developed into a multi-faceted civil engineering construction company focused on road building and paving, heavy construction, trucking and pipe manufacturing. Heavy construction projects included subways, elevated transit systems, bridges and tunnels in Canada, the United States and South America. Kilmer projects include the design and construction of the elevated transit system at the Toronto Zoo, the elevated transit system in Miami, and subways in Caracas, Atlanta, Calgary and Toronto.
Today, Kilmer’s roots in construction are expressed through innovative real estate development and leading edge public private partnerships (P3). Its Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund reclaims contaminated land in the urban context, through sophisticated risk management and optimizing for highest and best use. Its Kilmer Developments is currently managing three P3’s: The Quickload Container Examination Facility in Prince Rupert, B.C.; the 20 Ontario Highway Service Centre locations under the ONroute banner, in partnership with HMS Host and Canadian Tire; and the design, finance and construction of the 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes’ Village, in partnership with Dundee. Most recently, Kilmer was part of the consortium that acquired the passenger terminal operations at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Mr. Tanenbaum has had a long-standing interest in the sports and entertainment area and to that end in 1991 he spearheaded the effort to bring a NBA franchise to Toronto. In 1996 an interest was acquired in the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club and arena. In 1998 Mr. Tanenbaum was an active force in the acquisition of the Toronto Raptors basketball team and the Air Canada Centre, which, with the Toronto Maple Leafs, formed Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Limited. Mr. Tanenbaum is Chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Limited, and is a Governor and serves on the Executive Committee of the
NHL (Toronto Maple Leafs), the NBA (Toronto Raptors), and Major League Soccer (Toronto FC). He is also a co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts, a 142 year old football club that is a member of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
Mr. Tanenbaum’s involvement in Community Associations includes the following: Director of Sinai Health Services – a tertiary care centre comprising Mount Sinai Hospital, Bridgepoint Hospital and Circle of Care, Chairman of the Research Board for the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute; Vice-Chair, Brain Canada; Member, University Council, Cornell University; Honourary Board Member, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care; Member of the Advisory Board, Montreal Neurological Institute; Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, Schulich School of Business, York University; Founding Board Member, Right to Play; Founding Member, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs; and Co-Chair, Tomorrow Campaign (UJA).