Peter Munk is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Barrick Gold Corporation. Mr. Munk founded Barrick in 1983, building it into the world’s largest gold mining company, and one of Canada’s leading global corporations. Under Mr. Munk’s leadership, Barrick grew rapidly, achieving an industry leading position in just 25 years. His entrepreneurial spirit, combined with conservative fiscal management and strong technical expertise are core elements of the company’s original DNA.
As a business leader and philanthropist, Mr. Munk supports a range of charitable causes. He has made significant contributions to support world-class education, improve health care facilities and advance public policy. These include funding to establish a leading centre for international studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in Toronto, and the Centre for Research, Innovation and Technology at Technion University in Israel.
Mr. Munk was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993, and was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 2009, the country’s highest civilian honour. In 2002, he was presented with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, becoming the first Canadian to receive this prestigious award. Mr. Munk is a member of both the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Mr. Munk has lived in Toronto, Canada for most of his life, having graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1952.