Don Johnson has been a leading investment banker in Canada for over 50 years, and as a member of the advisory board of BMO Capital Markets, he continues to play a key role in high profile deals. He began his investment career in 1963 and rose to be president of Burns Fry from 1984 to 1989. He has served as governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange and chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. He retired as vice-chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns in October 2004.
Johnson serves on the advisory board of the Ivey Business School, where he earned his MBA in 1963, and on the board of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. He also led a 12-year campaign that convinced Ottawa to eliminate the capital gains tax on gifts of listed securities to registered charities.
Johnson was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009, and was named the Nation Builder of the Year in 2007 by the Globe and Mail. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and one year later was inducted into the Investment Industry Hall of Fame.
Johnson was born in 1935, in Lundar, Manitoba.