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July 1, 2013

geoff beattie
CEO, Generation Capital; Campaign Chair, Western University

Geoff Beattie, LLB'84, is CEO of Generation Capital and chairman of Canadian venture capital firm, Relay Ventures. Beattie is also a director of the Royal Bank of Canada, General Electric Company and Maple Leaf Foods Inc. He is also a trustee of the University Health Network in Toronto.??

From 1998 to 2012, he was president and CEO of The Woodbridge Company Limited, the privately held investment holding company for the Thomson family and the majority shareholder of Thomson Reuters.??

Before joining Woodbridge, Beattie specialized in corporate and securities law with an emphasis on merchant banking and private equity investments for the Toronto law firm of Tory, Tory Deslauriers & Binnington (now Torys LLP), where he was a partner. He was vice-president of CIBC Wood Gundy Inc. from 1987-90 before rejoining the law firm.??

Raised in London, Ont., and now living in Toronto, Beattie is an active volunteer with Western University, lending his significant talents to chair Western’s fundraising campaign to raise $750 million by 2018. ??

He and his family have been generous donors to Western, including a $1.5-million gift from Beattie and Torys LLP which was matched by Western to create a $3-million fund to establish the Beattie Chair and support the Torys LLP Corporate and Securities Law Forum.??

Beattie was awarded the 2011 Business Leadership Award by Western's Faculty of Law, which recognizes significant and sustained achievements in business.??

His siblings are also Western grads. Brother Scott, who is chairman and CEO of Elizabeth Arden Incorporated, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western's Ivey Business School, while sister Louise earned her Western degree in Sociology.

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