John F. (Jack) Petch - Wallace McCain Institute

John F. (Jack) Petch

Q.C., B.A., LL.D.
Executive Director
Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation
Toronto, Ontario

Jack Petch, a gold medal graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, currently serves as an advisor to various business, educational and community leaders, and as the executive director of a family foundation supporting early childhood development. He is past vice-chair of the Canadian international business law firm, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, and past chair of several corporations listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

At the University of Toronto, Mr. Petch was the chair of the Governing Council from 2007 to 2011, having served as a governor since 2002. He has also served as Chair of UTAM which manages the endowment and pension funds of the University of Toronto.  He is past chair of the board of St. Michael’s Hospital and past chair and director of King’s University College (University of Western Ontario). His commitment to community service also includes his role as past chair and president of Madame Vanier’s Children’s Services and past member of the Finance Committee of both the United Way and the Canadian Association for Community Living. Called to the bar in the Province of Ontario (recipient of the Treasurer’s Gold Medal), Jack Petch received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with honours from the University of Western Ontario, his LL.B. degree with honours from the University of Toronto (recipient of the Law School Gold Medal), and his Masters of Law degree from Osgoode Hall, York University.

Among his recognitions, he has been appointed Queen’s Counsel, awarded the University of Toronto Arbor Award for outstanding volunteer services, awarded the first Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Western Ontario (King’s College) and awarded an LL.D. Degree by the University of Toronto in 2013.