John Robert EvansJohn Robert Evans, (1 October 1929 – 13 February 2015) was a Canadian cardiologist, academic, businessperson, and civic leader.
He was the founding dean of the McMaster University Medical School and then vice-president of Health Services at McMaster University from 1965 to 1972. From 1972 to 1978 he was President of the University of Toronto. From 1979 to 1983, he served as founding Director of the Population, Health and Nutrition Department of the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Evans was a key player in the sale of the Canadian Connaught Laboratories to the French Sanofi-Aventis.
He was elected as the ninth Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation, a position that he held from 1987 to 1995. Dr. Evans was the first Canadian to hold the position.
He was chairman of Allelix Biopharmaceuticals Inc., Torstar Corporation, Alcan Aluminum Ltd. (1995–2002), the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation. He was the chairman of and helped create the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. He died at the age of 85 from Parkinson's disease in 2015. Provided by Wikipedia