As an executive member of many high-profile boards, while also establishing and growing his own highly successful business, Vijay Kanwar has accumulated significant experience in forming and implementing strategic plans, supported by his acumen for financial management.
Vijay’s motivation to launch and grow KMH Cardiology and Diagnostics grew from his vision of offering high-level, timely, and affordable patient health care options. Since opening his first facility in 1988, Kanwar has never taken his focus off that goal, and by recruiting and developing a high performing team, has grown his business to over 20 locations, serving over 300,000 patients each year in Canada , US and other parts of world, while also working on the leading edge of electronic medical records, and leading international medical research.
Vijay understands importance of public policy ,corporate risk management, international affairs and how to attract foreign direct investment to Canada. As Chair of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Vijay was able to guide Pearson airport to international hub status; supporting several major infrastructure projects – e.g. terminal development, Union Station rail link – and spearheading the process to recruit new management, while improving traveler experience and significantly increasing net profits. As a board member of other organizations, Business Development Bank of Canada , York University, and the Treasury Board of Canada, Vijay has combined his business expertise with his connections across government and private industry, and his understanding of public-private partnerships, to champion and drive significant capital projects.
Helping others to set and realize their goals is a major motivation for Vijay’s philanthropic work. Sitting on boards including Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s Foundation, the Royal Ontario Museum, and Canada’s National Ballet School Foundation has been rewarding, and is in line with Vijay’s desire to contribute to a thriving, healthy community.
Vijay credits his diverse educational background, including a Master of Laws earned from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science earned from Punjabi University in India, with his ability to tackle a wide range of challenges and come up with creative, effective solutions.
Vijay is proud to have grown his career and raised his family in Canada, and is gratified to live in a country where diversity is valued, nurtured, and recognized as a strength.