We wish to thank all those who joined us in support of our Ontario MPP’s and Councilors at the
ONTARIO PRAYER BREAKFAST.
We are grateful to all those who attended or
purchased tickets so that others could attend.
Our keynote speaker, Prem Watsa inspired us all with an engaging and insightful address and many of you have been asking for a copy.
You can access his remarks here.
God bless you and we look forward to seeing you again next year.
The Ontario Prayer Breakfast Board
2016 Ontario Prayer Breakfast
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
Speaker: Prem Watsa
Prem Watsa is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.
In 1985 Prem took control of Markel Financial which was controlled by the Virginia based Markel family. In 1987 he then re‐organized and renamed it Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. He has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its inception.
Since 1985, Fairfax has compounded book value by over 21%. Fairfax has total assets of approximately US$43 billion, revenues of approximately US$10 billion and common shareholders’ equity of approximately US$9 billion. The company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
He holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India and obtained his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Ontario,an Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Letters from Wycliff College of the University of Toronto and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Tyndale College.
He is a member of the Sick Children’s Hospital Foundation and is Chairman of their Investment Committee, member of the Advisory Board for the Richard Ivey School of Business, member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation, on the Board of Blackberry and Chairman of the Investment Committee of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto. He was formerly Chancellor of the University of Waterloo and on the Boards of the Bank of Ireland and of ICICI Bank.
Musical Guest: Ben Heppner
Ben Heppner is renowned worldwide for his portrayals in the dramatic tenor repertoire. His illustrious career has taken him to opera stages and concert halls around the world. Heppner studied music at the University of British Columbia.
He first gained national attention in 1979 as the winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Talent Festival. He is a 1988 winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions and received Grammy® Awards in 1998 for his recording of Die Meistersinger on London/Decca records and in 2001 for his recording of Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra. Ben Heppner is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Heppner now brings his voice to the airwaves of CBC Radio as the new host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage. In addition he is currently Professor of Voice at McGill University in Montreal.
Ben Heppner and his wife, Karen, live in Toronto. He has three grown children.
The Ontario Prayer Breakfast is an annual opportunity for the Christian community to gather together to support our Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and City Councillors in prayer. This is done with the presence of over 600 individuals at an early morning breakfast who join in a “Prayer for Leadership” led by a guest from
the Christian community.
It is also a time of inspiration with an invited speaker who shares their personal reflections on how the
Lord has impacted their life and perspective.
Each year we invite the participation of the leaders of the Liberal, New Democratic and Progressive Conservative
Parties and the Mayor to read a portion of Scripture. A special musical guest is invited annually to add another
element of inspiration and blessing.
We are very happy to welcome individuals of all faiths and walks of life. As a community of Christ-centered
believers, it is our goal to nurture a Christ – like attitude in our greetings, table conversation and formal program.
This is the Ontario Prayer Breakfast. We are hopeful that you will feel welcome and compelled to attend as a visible demonstration of your faith and support for our Provincial Government.