Gamechangers 2019

Bruce Leboff

Bruce Leboff is a Managing Director, Client Wealth Management at Gluskin Sheff + Associates. Bruce received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Great Distinction from McGill University and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University. Mr. Leboff has earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designations. In 2017, Bruce was elected a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA, FCA). Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 1997, Bruce was a Vice-President and Director with Toronto Dominion Asset Management, where he was a member of the Investment Management team focused on Canadian and U.S. securities. Bruce is a member of the Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal Board of Trustees, Chair of its Investment and Endowment Board, and a member of the Keren Hayesod World Executive Advisory Board. He is also the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.

Barry Cracower

Barry Cracower is a senior executive with solid marketing and management credentials. He was the founder and president of Rexall Pharmacy and vice-president of the Katz Group. Barry has extensive experience in the retail sector and was the founder of The Steals People, Canada’s first retail computer store. In addition, Barry was senior merchandise manager of the T. Eaton Co. and vice-president of the General Electric Brand at CAMCO. He  has served as president of Marketing Alternatives and CEO of Baycrest Global Solutions. He is former Chair of Darearts Foundation. Barry serves on a number of boards, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and Heart and Stroke Canada. Barry has a B.Comm. from Sir George Williams University (Concordia) in Montreal and an MBA from Columbia University and received his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

 Senator Linda Frum

The Honourable Linda Frum was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2009 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  She represents the Province of Ontario. She is a member of the Conservative Senate Caucus and is the former Conservative Senate Caucus Chair.  She currently serves on the Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee and the Senate Committee for Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament. A fierce advocate for human rights in Iran, Senator Frum has co-sponsored Iran Accountability Week on Parliament Hill.  She is also known for her legislative efforts to eliminate foreign funding in Canadian elections.  The Eliminating Foreign Funding in Elections Act (Bill S-239) seeks to close a loophole that allows Canadian third party groups to use foreign funds for election purposes. Senator Frum also introduced Canadian Jewish Heritage Month Act (Bill S-232) which designates the month of May as an officially recognized month to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the role that Jewish Canadians have had on shaping Canada’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric. Senator Frum is also an active member of her community.  Currently, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto and serves on the board of the United Israel Appeal. She is a member of the International Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation Committee. She has previously served as the vice chair of the board of Upper Canada College, as well as a board member with Bishop Strachan School, the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital. In recognition of her civic contributions, Senator Frum has received the Gold Meir Leadership Award from the State of Israel Bonds, an honourary Doctor of Humane Letters from Yeshiva University, and the Rothschild Humanitarian Award from Shaare Zedek Hospital. In June 2019 she will be awarded an honourary degree from Hebrew University. A former journalist and author, Senator Frum was a columnist with the National Post, a contributing editor to Maclean’s Magazine, and a Gemini-Award winning documentarian.