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Irving Russell Gerstein C.M., O.Ont.

Assumed office 
January 2, 2009

Born February 10, 1941 (1941-02-10) (age 68)

Irving Russell Gerstein, CM, O.Ont (born February 10, 1941) is a Canadian businessman, politician, and a Conservative member of the Canadian Senate. He was appointed on the advice of Stephen Harper to the Senate on January 2, 2009.[1] The son of Bertrand and Reva Gerstein, Gerstein was made a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition for being a "respected businessman and a loyal and diligent volunteer and philanthropist" in 1999.[2] In 2002, he was awarded the Order of Ontario.[3]

Mr. Gerstein is best known for his time as President of Peoples Jewellers. He led the Peoples takeover of Zale Corporation in 1986 and then Zale's takeover of Gordon Jewelry in 1989. By 1990, he headed the world’s largest jewelry retail empire.

He is or has served as a director of Atlantic Power Corporation, Medical Facilities Corporation, Student Transportation of America, Economic Investment Trust, CTV Inc., Traders Group Limited, Guaranty Trust Company of Canada, Confederation Life Insurance, and Scott’s Hospitality.

Mr. Gerstein is an honorary director of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, where he previously served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman Emeritus, and a director. He is also a director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

He is a long-time political fundraiser for the Progressive Conservative Party and now the Conservative Party of Canada.

Senator Gerstein received his BSc. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Finance and Commerce).




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