Prem Watsa is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property, casualty and life insurance, reinsurance, investment management and insurance claim management.
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.
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. He is also Vice President of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel, Chairman of Odyssey Re and Chairman of the Board, Northbridge Financial Corporation, both being publicly listed subsidiaries of Fairfax.
Since 1985, Fairfax has compounded book value by over 25%. Fairfax has total assets of approximately US$28 billion, revenues in excess of US$7.4 billion and common shareholders’ equity of approximately US$4.6 billion. The company is listed on both the Toronto and New York Stock Exchange.
Prem is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children, Director
of ICICI Bank, member of the Advisory Board for the Richard Ivey School of
Business, member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ontario Museum
Foundation and Chairman of the Investment Committee of St. Paul’s Anglican
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|Author||Title of Work (s)|
Aplevich, J. Dwight
Fraser, Roydon A.
|Introduction to Professional Engineering in Canada, 3rd Edition|
| Hylozoic Soil (www.philipbeesleyarchitect.com/
|Blackmore, David||Blunders & Disasters at Sea|
|Blundell, Gary|| artwork
|Bow, Patricia||The Prism Blade|
|Boychuk, Gerard W.||National Health Insurance in the United States and Canada: Race, Territory, and the Roots of Difference|
|Brzustowski, Tom||The Way Ahead – Meeting Canada’s Productivity Challenge|
|Cai, Kevin G.||The Political Economy of East Asia: Regional and National Dimensions|
|Clapp, Jennifer||Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment
Corporate Accountability and Sustainable Development
|Coates, Ken S.
Lackenbauer, P. Whitney
|Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North|
|Cooper, Andrew F.||Global Governance and Diplomacy: Worlds Apart?|
|Cowan, Douglas E.||Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen|
|Cuthbert Brandt, Gail||Bold and Courageous Dreams: A History of Renison University College, 1959-2009|
|Dagg, Anne Innis||The Social Behavior of Older Animals|
Mennonite Women in Canada: A History
|Funk, Nathan C.||Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East|
|Gartner, John F.|| Gem Greed: An International Geological Thriller
Confessions of a Consultant: Survival Business Skills for Scientists & Engineers
County Sketches: Stories & Sketches of Prince Edward County, Ontario
|Guderian, John||Lean 9001: Battle for the Arctic Rose|
|Gutiérrez, Mariela A.||An Ethnological Interpretation of the Afro-Cuban World of Lydia Cabrera (1900-1991)
Afro-Cuban Short Stories by Lydia Cabrera (1900-1991)
|Hultin, Neil C.
Ober, Warren U.
|Legends of the Lakes: Or, Sayings and Doings at Killarney: Collected Chiefly from the Manuscripts of R. Adolphus Lynch|
||Prentice Hall Reference Guide for Canadian Writers|
Skidmore, James M.
John, David G.
|German Diasporic Experiences: Identity, Migration, and Loss|
|Kaplan, Craig|| Islamic geometric design
||The Lambs of Mapleton|
|Dix ans de recherche sur les femmes écrivains de l'Ancien Régime: influences et confluences. Mélanges offerts à Hannah Fournier
|Naik, Kshirasagar||Software Testing and Quality Assurance: Theory and Practice|
|Peterson, Carol A.
||Teaching Plant Anatomy through Creative Laboratory Exercises|
|When Cobras Laugh|
|Sachdev, Manoj||CMOS SRAM Circuit Design and Parametric Test in Nano-Scaled Technologies
ESD Protection Device and Circuit Design for Advanced CMOS Technologies.
|Schulze, Mathias||Errors and Intelligence in Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Parsers and Pedagogues
||Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada|
|| A Second Course in Formal Languages and Automata Theory
|Sillato, María del Carmen||Huellas: Memorias de Resistencia (Argentina 1974-1983)|
|Sims, Diane||A Life Consumed: Lilly Samson’s Dispatches from the TB Front
|Whitman, Blake||The Greatest Hero: The Genius Behind the Myth
||Jean Vanier: Essential Writings|
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