Cornell is Executive Vice President of Wittington Investments, Limited (the principal holding company of the Weston-Loblaw-Choice Properties group) and is to become President at year-end.
Cornell joined Wittington on May 1, 2021 following a 20-year career at Torys LLP (a law firm), where he was a leading corporate lawyer. Cornell served as Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department and former co-head of the firm’s M&A Practice. As a lawyer, his practice focused on M&A transactions, both public and private, and other critical situations. He played a lead role acting for some of Canada’s largest public and private companies in their most significant strategic matters.
Cornell has a broad range of experience in complex transactional, securities, family-controlled business, private equity, regulatory, governance, activism and compliance matters. He has also regularly counselled boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance matters, crisis management and shareholder engagement issues. Cornell is a Fellow of The American College of Governance Counsel.Cornell is also a director of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada.
Cornell is actively involved in the community. He is a trustee of University Health Network, Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre.
He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Ballet of Canada. In 2018, Cornell served as Chair of the Canadian Arts Summit, an annual gathering of leaders from Canada’s largest arts institutions organized by Business/Arts.
Cornell is a former director of the Loran Scholars Foundation and The Learning Partnership, which promotes publicly funded education in Canada.
Cornell holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto and a BA from McGill University.