Michael de Pencier, Co-Founder
Michael de Pencier is Chairman of Key Publishers Company Ltd., an investor in the environmental economy, and formerly a magazine, book, and electronic publishing company. Key has been involved in publishing Toronto Life, Fashion, WeddingBells, Where, OWL and Chickadee, Canadian Art, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Business, Quill and Quire, Gardening Life, and several other publications. Key was also a partner in Key Porter Books, and Maple Tree Press books for children.
Michael has been a director of the Shaw Festival, Women’s College Hospital, Canadian Opera Company, Centre Stage, Tarragon Theatre, the Toronto Arts Council, WWF International, and is a former Chair of the Ontario College of Art and Design and World Wildlife Fund Canada.
He is currently a Founding director of Investeco Capital, and Green Initiatives Partners, who invest in clean tech and sustainable food.
Michael has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, the Order of Ontario, and the Order of Canada.
Michael is a philosophy graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A.) and University of Michigan (M.A.).and has an LLD from Ryerson University
The de Pencier Family have planted 65,000 trees on their property near Rosemont Ontario.