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Jordan Banks (BA'90) is forging social connections around the world. As Managing Director of Facebook and Instagram Canada, he is ‘liked’ for his purpose-driven leadership and commitment to community service. And his vision for an interconnected future started at Western.

Biography

Jordan Banks is the Managing Director of Facebook and Instagram Canada where he is responsible for leading and managing all of Facebook and Instagram’s commercial operations in Canada.

Named one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Business People by Canadian Business magazine as well as one of the 25 Most Influential Innovators in Canada by Financial Post magazine, Jordan is a well-respected leader in Canadian business. Prior to Facebook, Jordan was the founder and managing partner at Thunder Road Capital, which he co-founded to provide investment and advisory services to early stage technology companies. Jordan was also the chief executive officer of publicly traded JumpTV, a leading broadcaster of sports and international television over the Internet. In 2008, JumpTV merged with NeuLion Inc to become the world's leading online video and IPTV multi-platform provider.

Prior to joining JumpTV, Jordan served as the managing director of eBay Canada. As the second employee of the Canadian office, Jordan helped launch eBay Canada in 2000. Jordan and his team were ultimately responsible for growing the activity of Canadians on eBay to over one billion dollars in 2007 which accounted for approximately 25% of all Canadian e-commerce activity.

Before joining eBay Canada, Jordan managed the Licensing and International Business group at the National Hockey League Players’ Association and, a lawyer by profession, Jordan also practiced corporate law at Goodmans LLP in Toronto.

Jordan is an active and dedicated member of the community. Over the course of the past two decades, Jordan has personally championed numerous efforts relating to raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and care. As part of that commitment, Jordan sits on the Boards of Directors of The Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Research and Care as well as being the Chairman of DementiaHack, the world’s foremost hackathon for Dementia.

In addition, Jordan sits on the Board of Directors of Cineplex Entertainment, WE (formerly Free the Children), Hospital for Sick Children Foundation as well as the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and the Board of Advisors at OMERS Ventures, and Jordan was recently a member of the Advisory Committee for the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto.

Jordan is a member of the Young President’s Organization and was previously named one of Canada's “Top 40 Under 40” honorees as well as one of Hugo Boss’ Canadian Men of Distinction. Additionally, in 2015 Jordan was named one of “Canada’s Leading Men” by the Weizmann Institute for Science for his contribution to the field of research in Alzheimer’s disease.

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