Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, K2 Pure Solutions

Supporting research in personalized medicine

David Cynamon has often been referred to as a trailblazer and visionary. He started his first successful venture at the age of 17, renting out bicycle Pedi cabs to students during the summer months. By the age of 24 he was CEO of the TSE listed HAV-INFO Computers, which he sold in 1994.

In 1995, David acquired a controlling interest in a household cleaning plant called KIK Corporation, and turned it into North America’s largest manufacturer of retailer and National brand consumer products in the household, personal care and over-the-counter drug categories. Under his leadership, the company expanded from 1 to 23 manufacturing facilities, employing 4,000 people and sales climbed from $16 million to over $1.3 billion in 12 years. KIK was twice recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and in 2002, David led the company through one of the year’s largest and most successful Income Fund public offerings, forming KCP Income Fund.

David has always loved sports and entrepreneurship and combined the two whenever possible. In 2003, along with Howard Sokolowski, he purchased the Toronto Argonauts, and in 2005, after turning the team around to win the CFL Grey Cup Championship, they received the Magna Sports Executives of the Year Award.

David has also received many other awards including, being recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine. In 2002, he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Canadian manufacturing sector. The B’nai Brith Foundation honoured him in 2007 with its Annual Award of Merit, and, in 2013, Prime Minister Harper awarded David the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

David and his wife Stacey, along with their three children, Jesse, Joshua and Geri, are very involved in Toronto’s philanthropic community. Their many impactful gifts include an endowed Chair in Critical Care Medicine at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, the renovation of the post-natal unit at Mount Sinai Hospital, and the funding of several innovative educational initiatives. In 2009, David and Stacey, along with the Sokolowski family, announced a major gift for a new, multi-sport State of the Art sports complex named the Cynamon/Sokolowski Sports Complex as part of the Prosserman JCC.

David sits on the Board of the Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Trust, the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, the Mount Sinai Hospital, the Bishop Strachan School, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, and B'nai Brith Canada.

Currently, David is Executive Chairman of K2 Pure Solutions, which manufactures water purification and disinfection products using safe, environmentally sustainable technology.

He lives by his favorite quote, which he learned from his late father-in-law, friend and mentor, Gerry Pencer: H=R/E happiness equals reality over expectations.

Dr. Daniel C. Andreae

Partners in research

Sam and Frances Belzberg

The Wagner Children
Jean Sutkiewicz
Evy Moskowitz
Chuck and Rachel Wagner
in honour of
Morris and Ruth Wagner
Marek Sutkiewicz

Project Champion
David and Stacey Cynamon

Rob & Cheryl McEwen

Ralph and Shirlee Medjuck

Legacy Sponsor
Robert Benson
In Honour of Norma Betty Benson

Dr. Barry and Honey Sherman

Sharon Zuckerman

Honouree cocktail sponsor
Dr. Stuart and Francie Klein

50th Anniversary Sponsor

Kenny Field

The Menkes Family

The Ossip Family

Harry and Evelyn Rosen

Leesa Steinberg

Weizmann Canada, Calgary Chapter

Platinum Sponsor
Faith and Jordan Banks

Nancy Pencer and Michael Benjamin

Jeremy & Judith Freedman Foundation

Rovinescu Family Foundation

Sam Switzer and Family

And Liz & John Breen

The Kavelman Fonn Foundation

Diamond Sponsor

Henri and Lily Cynamon

& Weisz Family Foundation

Bill and Marika Glied

Lengyel Families

Gold Sponsor

& Laurie and Jeffrey Cohen

Silver Sponsor
Anne-Marie Boucher and Mitch Garber

Howard Sokolowski and Linda Frum Charitable Foundation

The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation

Bronze Sponsor

Mike and Sandra Florence

Dr. Steve Gottesman and Ms. Liddy Beck

Mel Hoppenheim Family Foundation

Bruce and Lianne Leboff

Jay Smith and Laura Rapp

Lisa and Mark Smith

Leadership Sponsor
Eleanor and Barry Appleby

Stephen Bloom and Bonnie Goodman-Bloom

Elen and Howard Brodie

Leslie and Anna Dan

& Michael and Ellen Miller

Jeff and Lydia Goldfarb

Allan Goldstein and Michelle Glied-Goldstein

Joanne and Howard Nemeroff

Paradise Developments

Anton and Ilana Rabie

John and Susan Rose & Family

Valeria and Mike Rosenbloom

Carol and Lionel Schipper

Wendy and David Shapira

Vivian and Sheldon Silverberg

Joyce and Gordon Strauss

The Sidney Greenberg Family Foundation