John Cassaday

John M. Cassaday, CM, LL.D

Corporate Director, retired Founding President and CEO of Corus Entertainment Inc. and Chair of Manulife Financial


JOHN CASSADAY was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment Inc. until his retirement in April 2015. Prior to Corus, John was President of CTV Television Network and Campbell Soup Company in Canada and the U.K.

John is currently the Chair of Manulife Financial/John Hancock. He also sits on the Board of Sysco Corporation, Sleep Country Canada, and Irving Oil Ltd. John also served on the Board of Directors of Spin Master, Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc., Masonite International Corporation, J. M. Schneider Corporation, Canadian Airlines and Loblaw Companies Limited. He has also served on the Advisory Boards of Nestle Canada and IBM Canada. John recently served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, was the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Rotman School of Management, and was the Chair of the 1995 United Way Campaign for Metro Toronto and Chair of the Board of St. Michael’s Hospital.

John holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and, in 1998, was recognized with their Distinguished Alumni Award. In June 2017, John was presented with a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from the University of Toronto.

John Cassaday is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.