Jay and Barbara Hennick

In 2008, Jay and Barbara Hennick donated $3 million to create the Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University.

A York University sociology and University of Ottawa law graduate, Jay Hennick spent the first 13 years of his career practicing corporate law with Toronto’s Fogler, Rubinoff LLP. Today, as CEO of FirstService Corporation, he heads up one of North America’s largest globally-diversified real estate service companies with more than US$1.7 billion in annual revenues and 17,000 employees worldwide. In 2007, Jay was named Canada’s CEO of the year by Canadian Business Magazine. On October 13, 2011, Jay received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws from York University at the annual fall convocation ceremony. Click here to see photos.

Barbara Hennick is a chartered accountant who has used her expertise in financial accounting and analysis to assist numerous charitable organizations over the years, including Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary and the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of Canada.

In supporting York University, Jay and Barbara take inspiration from their three children. Over the next decade, they have a vision of doubling the number of JD/MBA graduates and delivering the upgraded skills and training future lawyers and business leaders need.