Heather Reisman, One of Canada’s Most Powerful Businesswomen
Place of Birth
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Entrepreneur and business executive in the bookselling industry
Heather Reisman received an undergraduate degree in social work from McGill University and began working with at-risk teens upon graduation. She transitioned from social services to the corporate world in 1977, co-founding Paradigm Consulting and serving as its managing director for 16 years. In 1992, she left to become the head of Cott Corporation, a soft-drink bottling company, where she remained until 1994.
Philanthropy and Sponsorship
Heather Reisman is an avid philanthropist both through her own foundation as well as through several other nonprofit organizations. In 2004, she founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and donated more than USD 24 million to it in order to help improve the resources of public-school libraries in need.
Reisman is a generous supporter of medical causes, both at Mount Sinai Hospital and at the University of Toronto, where she endowed the Heather Reisman Chair in Perinatal Research. She also made major donations to the United Jewish Appeal and to Harvard University.
In addition, together with her husband, Reisman founded the HESEG Foundation, which provides full academic scholarships and stipends to both minorities and to individuals who came to Israel alone and served in its military without the support of their families.