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Heather Reisman (she/her)

Chief Executive Officer, Indigo Books & Music, Inc.

Heather Reisman is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Indigo Books & Music Inc., Canada’s largest book, lifestyle, and specialty kids’ retailer.

Ms. Reisman is a former Governor of McGill University and of the Toronto Stock Exchange. She has served on many North American boards and continues to serve as a Director of Indigo, Onex Corporation, and The National Library of Israel.

Ms. Reisman has co-executive-produced a number of important documentary films, including Emmy and BAFTA winning, The Social Dilemma. The Social Dilemma explores the dangerous human impact of social networking and has found resonance around the world having now been seen by over 100 million people. In 2021, Ms. Reisman co-authored Imagine It! A Handbook for a Happier Planet.

Ms. Reisman was educated at McGill University, is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of nine Honorary Doctorates including from University of Toronto, McGill University, and The Weizmann Institute of Science and The Technion University.

In May 2015, Ms. Reisman was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

Ms. Reisman is married to Gerald Schwartz, Chair and CEO of Onex Corporation. She has four children and 11 grandchildren.

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