Senior Officers' Biographies

Ellis Jacob

Ellis Jacob, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jacob has been working in the motion picture exhibition industry since 1987. Prior to assuming his current position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation in 2003, Mr. Jacob was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Galaxy. Prior to founding Galaxy, Mr. Jacob represented Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. as Head of Integration during 1998 and 1999. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Jacob held various positions with Cineplex Odeon Corporation as Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and, ultimately, Chief Operating Officer. In addition to his role as a Director of the Corporation, Mr. Jacob also serves as a member of the board of ASM Global and a director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Rogers Communication Inc. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), an executive committee member of the Global Cinema Federation (GCF) as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Movie Theatre Association of Canada. He also serves as a director and member of the audit committee of the Toronto International Film Festival. Mr. Jacob is an active community member, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors at Toronto’s Baycrest Centre for Geriatrics, where he also sits on the Executive Committee, the Commercialization Committee and is a member of Baycrest’s Finance and Audit Committee. Along with his position at Baycrest, Mr. Jacob is a founding director of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation as well as a member of the Board of Governors for Mount Sinai Hospital. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business as well as the accounting designations of Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA), Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Fellow Certified Management Accountant (FCMA). He also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2010, Mr. Jacob was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, in 2013 he was recognized as Canada’s Most Innovative CEO by Canadian Business Magazine, in 2014, he was recognized as Canada’s Most Admired CEO, Enterprise, by Waterstone Human Capital, in 2019 he received the ICTA Global Cinema Innovation Award and in 2020 Mr. Jacob was appointed a Member of the Order of Ontario.

 

Dan McGrath

Dan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. McGrath joined COC in 1987 and held various financial and operational roles from 1987 to 2000. Upon joining Galaxy in 2000, he held the position of Executive Vice President and held that position with the Corporation until 2011 when he was named Chief Operating Officer. In his current role, Mr. McGrath oversees theatre operations and food service, digital commerce (Cineplex Store), amusement solutions (P1AG), location-based entertainment (The Rec Room, Playdium), design and construction, real estate, strategic planning, as well as the company’s media businesses (Cineplex Media and CDM). He is a member of the Board of Directors for SCENE LP (where he is also the President), the Movie Theatre Association of Canada (where he is also Treasurer), Canada’s Walk of Fame and Covenant House. Mr. McGrath holds the accounting designation of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA).

 

Gord Nelson

Gord Nelson, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Nelson joined COC in 1988 and has held various successive financial roles since that time. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Cineplex Galaxy Income Fund in 2004 and has continued in this role following the company’s conversion to the Corporation in 2011. Mr. Nelson oversees the finance, purchasing, risk management and corporate development areas of the Corporation. He is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an MBA and holds the accounting designations of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA). Mr. Nelson was named Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2016.

 

Anne Fitzgerald

Anne Fitzgerald, Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President, Real Estate

Ms. Fitzgerald oversees all legal, corporate affairs and insurance matters relating to Cineplex and its subsidiaries; she also serves as Corporate Secretary. She has practiced law in both Canada and the United States, primarily in litigation roles in areas of corporate-commercial, securities, criminal, tax and entertainment. Ms. Fitzgerald is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Theater Owners and the Movie Theatre Association of Canada (where she serves as Vice-Chair). She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Cinema Federation. Ms. Fitzgerald volunteers her time and expertise as a member of the Board of Directors of Outward Bound Canada (serving as Chair of its Cabinet) and serves on the Duke University Divinity School Board of Visitors. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society in 2012 and was honoured in 2014 as a National Post/ZSA General Counsel of the Year and named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2019. She holds a BA in Public Policy as well as a Juris Doctorate in Law, both from Duke University and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of the Rotman School of Management.