Anthony, Rex | 2009

Rex C. Anthony

Rex C. Anthony of St. John's has been a business leader and innovator for 40 years and his business success has always been accompanied by active community involvement and volunteerism.

Mr. Anthony graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador (MUN) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1968. After spending a year working in the insurance industry in the U.S., he returned to Newfoundland in 1969 to take a position with his family's insurance business.

Mr. Anthony, with his brothers Dave and Gerry, acquired the Anthony Group of Companies specializing in Insurance and Information Technology in 1977. Later, Mr. Anthony became the majority shareholder and expanded the business to offer a broader range of insurance and related services. He also created a new company now known as Anthony Capital Corporation. Its interests include Terra Nova Golf Resort, The Bristol Group, hospitality sectors, real estate development, and the fishery. Anthony Capital continues to own and operate the Terra Nova Golf Resort and other companies involved in real estate development.

Mr. Anthony is a former chair of the board of The Bristol Group of Companies and Fishery Products International. He has served as a director of Newfoundland Telephone (Newtel), Stratus Global, ResourceCan Limited, The St. John's Board of Trade and the Council for Business and Arts in Canada. He was the first Newfoundlander to be elected Chair of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada and is a former chair of the advisory board for the Faculty of Business at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

In a voluntary capacity, Mr. Anthony has served as chair or in other leadership roles with the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Swilers Rugby Club, Genesis Centre, and the Rooms Corporation. He has held positions with the Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Progress Club and Nature Conservancy of Canada. He oversaw a feasibility study that led to construction of Mile One Centre in St. John's.

His volunteerism has been recognized by the St. John's Board of Trade as Business Person Volunteer of the Year, as recipient of a Patron of the Arts Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of St. John’s and with an Outstanding Dedication Award from the Canadian Diabetes Association. He has been an Alumnus of the Year and Financial Executive of the Year at Memorial University, has received an Atlantic Alliance Award of Merit and the Jean-Charles d'Auteuil Award for outstanding work on behalf of independent insurance brokers throughout Canada.

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