The Honorable Belinda Stronach
The Honourable Belinda Stronach is a business and public leader who is focused on developing economic opportunity and quality of life both at home and abroad.
Belinda is the Chairman of Acasta Capital, a strategic and financial advisory services firm, and the Chairman and President of The Stronach Group, a privately-held company that owns, operates and manages a number of leading businesses in various industries.
Belinda was formerly Executive Vice-Chairman of Magna International Inc., one of the largest suppliers of automotive systems and components in the world with more than 120,000 employees in 29 countries and over US $30 billion in annual sales. While at Magna, she also served on the Board of Directors and as the company’s President and CEO. Under her corporate leadership, the company had record sales and profits in each year and its stock price nearly doubled in value. As a senior Magna executive, she experienced first-hand the tough lessons of the global competitive challenge to Canada, and served on the Ontario Task Force on Productivity, Competitiveness and Economic Progress.
Long recognized as an emerging leader with vision, the National Post had already identified Belinda in 2001 as the most powerful businesswoman in Canada. In the same year, the World Economic Forum named her a “Global Leader of Tomorrow.” In 2002, she was ranked #2 by Fortune Magazine in its annual list of the world’s most powerful women in business, and named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40,” an annual award that honours the country’s most promising younger leaders. In 2004, TIME Magazine ranked Belinda as one of the world’s 100 most influential people and in 2005 the World Economic Forum named her a member of its network of global young leaders. Also in 2005, the Women’s Executive acclaimed Belinda a “trailblazer” and one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women.
In recognition of her contributions to business and public life, Belinda received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in 2003; an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brock University in 2009; and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor in 2011.