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Robert Lawrie

Board Director

Robert Lawrie began his career with the Ford Motor Company in finance in Dearborn, Michigan and earlier in marketing in Brussels.  He is an internationally qualified lawyer, having practiced privately in Canada and the U.S. and in senior corporate positions in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.  Rare in his profession, for 20 years, Rob practiced corporate, securities and administrative law for clients in the automotive, energy and airline sectors and later reinvented himself as a complex commercial litigator in Los Angeles.  More recently, as an investment banker, he was a partner in Europe’s largest, headquartered, private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners and now focuses on early-stage venture capital as an investor in clean, med and bio tech with his family office, Hawk Capital.   

He is an independent director on Hitachi Limited boards in Canada and the U.S. and also has more than three decades of experience on not-for-profit boards, mainly in health, education and culture. He was board chair of the Canadian Cancer Society for six years, during which he led a strategic realignment resulting in amalgamations with the next largest charities in the sector. Rob is known for his effective governance and strategic leadership. In addition to the Evergreen board, he is currently a board director at the Ronald McDonald House, Toronto. 

Rob’s degrees are from the University of Toronto. He is at home in Toronto and Erin.