Former Premier and Finance Minister
Over the course of his career Ernie Eves has been recognized for his ability to successfully manage both government and businesses. Best known for his distinguished career in public service, Mr. Eves has also has extensive private sector experience.
Mr. Eves currently serves as an advisor, consultant or board member for several firms including Gravitas Financial Inc., Gravitas Ilium Corporation, PACE Securities Corp., Nighthawk Gold Corp., YorkStreet Dispute Resolution Group Inc., Timeless Herbal Care, Asterion Bio Med Inc. as well as several other North American and international companies.
In the private sector, Mr. Eves has also served as Canadian Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor of Credit Suisse First Boston. He has advised Canadian and international clients on investment banking, equities and fixed income matters. Mr. Eves has also served as Counsel at the firm of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Chair of the Ontario Olympic Sports and Waterfront Development Agency and Chair of the Ontario Investment and Trade Advisory Council.
Mr. Eves was sworn in as Ontario’s 23rd Premier on April 15, 2002, the culmination of a more than 20 year career in the Ontario Legislature that began with his first election as the Member of the Legislature in 1981. As Premier, Mr. Eves directed the operation of the largest provincial government in Canada and one of the largest sub-national governments in North America with an annual budget of more than $75 billion and more than 65,000 employees.
During his tenure, Premier Eves initiated new investment of an additional $1.9 billion in Ontario’s education system; substantial new investments in Ontario’s health care system including, for the first time, the use of public-private partnerships in hospital construction and the expansion of diagnostic services; the largest single capital investment in post-secondary education in the province’s history; the development of a renewable energy portfolio standard; and the implementation of the Smart Growth program for orderly development in all regions of Ontario and landmark investments in the province’s highway system and urban transit.
Prior to becoming Premier, Mr. Eves’ served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance from 1995 to 2001. As Minister of Finance, he implemented sweeping reforms of Ontario’s tax system and expenditure management. He introduced the first significant reforms of the property taxation system in over 60 years and eliminated an $11 billion deficit. Mr. Eves tabled three successive balanced budgets while delivering more than 200 tax cuts. He also oversaw the operation of the province’s $20 billion SuperBuild Corporation and managed the privatization of Highway 407, one of the largest privatizations in Canadian history. In addition, he initiated a multi-billion dollar investment in research and development through public-private partnerships, which included the post-secondary sector.
Before his election in 1981, Mr. Eves was an active member of the business community in Parry Sound and a partner in the law firm of Green and Eves. He was also President and CEO of Tudhope Cartage, a medium-sized specialty hauler of petroleum products. In this role, Mr. Eves was instrumental in substantially expanding the size and profitability of the company’s operations.
Mr. Eves is also an advisor to several other private businesses and public entities including the Toronto Board of Trade. He dedicates himself to several charitable interests including Special Olympics Canada, WildAid and the Justin Eves Foundation which he helped establish in memory of his late son and serves as Chairman. The Foundation grants scholarships and bursaries to learning disabled and disadvantaged young people to assist them to achieve a post-secondary education.
Mr. Eves was born in Windsor in 1946. He attended the University of Toronto and is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Eves was called to the bar in 1972. In 1983 he was made a Queen’s Counsel and in 2015 he received a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa from the University of Windsor. He resides in Caledon with his spouse, Ms. Isabel Bassett, and is the proud father of daughter Dr. Natalie Eves, and grandfather to Michael Justin and Henley Gail Nicole.