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Isadore Sharp

Founder & Chairman | Four Seasons  Hotel & Resorts

Isadore Sharp is the chairman and founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He graduated from Ryerson University in 1952 with a degree in architecture. Isadore opened the first Four Seasons, a 125-room motor hotel, in Toronto on Jarvis Street in 1961 after founding the company in 1960. He also helped start and is the director of the Terry Fox Run and he was the Ruth Hartman Frankel Humanitarian Award recipient for his contributions. In 1998 he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

In 2003 Ryerson University awarded Isadore an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree (Ryerson University Fellowship, 1983). He and his wife Rosalie are prominent Canadian philanthropists, having made significant donations to many sources including the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Ontario College of Art and Design, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.