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Wildeboer wins York University’s Hennick Medal

Tuesday, October 09, 2018 @ 2:18 PM | By John Chunn


The Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business announced that Rob Wildeboer, executive chairman and co-founder of Martinrea International Inc., is the recipient of the 2017 Hennick Medal for Career Achievement.  

The Hennick Medal, awarded annually to a business and law graduate who has earned widespread recognition in the business and legal communities, was presented to Wildeboer at an Oct. 3 reception in his honour in Toronto hosted by Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.

“Rob Wildeboer is an accomplished entrepreneur and legal dynamo with a global reputation for propelling businesses forward,” said Edward J. Waitzer, director of the Hennick Centre. “The Hennick Medal recognizes Rob’s outstanding contributions as a lawyer, business person and community leader, particularly his exceptional leadership ability in motivating people and moving organizations toward a vision.”

In his position at Martinrea International Inc., a global auto parts supplier specializing in automotive fluid systems and metal forming products, Wildeboer oversees 15,000 employees at 44 divisions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe and China.

He is also a founding partner of Wildeboer Dellelce, which is focused on corporate, securities, lending, tax and real estate law. He now serves as counsel to the firm.

Prior to founding Wildeboer Dellelce in 1993, he was a lawyer with Stikeman Elliott LLP, an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall (where he taught corporate law and corporate finance), and a regulator with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Wildeboer is a director of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Counsel; a present and past adviser to the governments of Canada and Ontario on a variety of economic, trade, investment, industry, manufacturing and automotive mandates; past chair of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and chair of Cardus, both leading Canadian think tanks; and a director or adviser of numerous charitable organizations. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.

In addition to his bachelor of laws from Osgoode and MBA from Schulich, he holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph and an LL.M. from Harvard University.