Frank Giustra has achieved more than he could have dreamed growing up for much of his youth in British Columbia. As chairman and chief executive officer of Yorkton Securities in the 1990s, he developed the brokerage firm into a major natural-resource investment bank, achieving great success through creative deal-making and capital utilization. By 1997, his entrepreneurial success also included the founding of Lionsgate Entertainment, now one of the world’s largest independent film companies, and served as its chairman until 2003 - returning to the company’s board as a director from 2010 to 2015. He is also the principal shareholder in Thunderbird Films Inc. Everything he does is driven by passion. This includes food. Many of his investments are food related: he produces some of the world’s best olive oil, Domenica Fiore Extra Virgin Olive Oil; and owns Modern Farmer magazine.
Mr. Giustra is a strong believer in philanthropy, and devotes much of his time to a variety of causes. Since 2005, he has become an active executive member with the International Crisis Group, a widely recognized independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice to policymakers on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.
Having travelled extensively, he has experienced many of the major global issues firsthand. In 2007, seeking the best way to address poverty in the developing world, he created the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, a massive philanthropic gesture that he challenged other wealthy global citizens to emulate. Through education, training, and the establishment of supply-chain and distribution social enterprises, CGEP has empowered countless disadvantaged people in Haiti, El Salvador, Colombia, and Peru.
In Vancouver, Frank Giustra was instrumental in the creation of Streetohome, a public-private partnership formed to address the problem of homelessness in the city. And, recalling his own youth, he funds the Boys Club Network, a support and mentorship program for at-risk teenagers that has spread to dozens of schools from its origin at Templeton Secondary School. His desire to effect meaningful change grow from a simple credo: “I don’t intend to become just another dead rich guy.”
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