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“It is a long way from the marketplace in a village in Africa to the marketplace in the financial district of downtown Toronto, but that summarizes the scope of the experiences I have been privileged to have enjoyed,” says Mark Maxwell, President of Prairie College.
A dual US/Canadian citizen, born to missionary parents in Nigeria, West Africa, Mark earned a BA in Business Administration at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. in 1981 and an MBA in Finance at Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1984. Mark went on to further training specific to the investment industry by completing the CFA in 1991. His investment industry licenses have included the qualification of “Partner, Director and Officer” (“PDO”) by the Investment Dealers Association as well as an “Investment Counselor & Portfolio Manager” (“IC/PM”) by the Ontario Securities Commission.
As a young man, Mark had a dream – to use business to support charities. In pursuit of that vision, Mark finished university studies and spent 20 years in investment banking, brokerage and portfolio management. In the process, he and his wife, Elaine, had the opportunity to help build three investment management companies, travel widely and cheer for many of their heroes, the people who work in the charities they have been privileged to partner with.
The experience of building companies and membership on various boards has given Mark and Elaine broad exposure to management and organizational governance, so that both are now able to contribute actively at Prairie.
At the top of his “special interests” list are their three daughters, Charlotte, Deborah, and Jocelyn, two sons-in-law, a grandson (Caden), and 3 granddaughters (Eden, Cora, & Esther). He enjoys reading, golfing, traveling, game nights around the table, and people.