Henry Newton Rowell “Hal” Jackman is known for his distinguished career in business and his ongoing dedication to public service. He was born in 1932, the son of former Member of Parliament Harry Jackman and philanthropist Mary Rowell Jackman. He was educated at Upper Canada College, University of Toronto Schools, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and the London School of Economics. He later became Chairman of the Board of National Trust Company and the Empire Life Insurance Company, as well as several other prominent Canadian corporations.
In 1991, Mr. Jackman was appointed Ontario’s 25th Lieutenant-Governor. In this role he was patron to over 150 organizations in the arts and other charitable arenas. In 1995, he established The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for the Arts, which awarded over $2.5 million to 84 arts organizations across the province.
A former graduate, Mr. Jackman served as Chancellor of the University of Toronto between 1997 and 2003. He endowed the university with $30 million towards the establishment of the Jackman Humanities Institute – the largest gift to the humanities ever received by a Canadian university. Mr. Jackman is also the largest benefactor of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The Jackman Law Building opened in 2016 on Queen’s Park.
Over the years, Mr. Jackman has participated in countless charitable endeavors involving the arts and education. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Historica Foundation, Stratford Foundation Festival Fund, The Council for Business and the Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, Shaw Festival and the Corporation of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall. He was President of the Canadian Opera Company and the Ballet Opera House Corporation, and Chairman of the Ontario Arts Council. In 2008 he was selected for the prestigious Edmond C. Bovey Award, in honour of his outstanding contribution to the arts in Canada.
Mr. Jackman’s lifelong support of the arts and education has earned him the title of Officer of the Order of Canada, Member of the Order of Ontario, and nine honorary doctorates.
Victoria Jackman received her B.A. and M.A. in Art History from Columbia University in New York. She also completed studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the University of Florence. Before becoming involved in the philanthropic sector, Victoria was employed at both public and private art galleries in New York City and Florence.
Victoria has served on the Board of Directors of numerous cultural organizations in Toronto, including The National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, Opera Atelier, Canadian Art Foundation, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and is past-President of the Board of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.