Murray Koffler, 1924–2017
Founder, Koffler Centre of the Arts
Together with his beloved wife Marvelle, Murray Koffler lived what he called “an enchanted journey.” That journey was rich in accomplishment and marked by a passion for making the world a better place. As a man of business, Murray was prescient in co-founding the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 1960, and socially innovative in supporting the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in 1984. As a man of science, Murray built Shoppers Drug Mart. As a man who loved the arts, Murray was equally entrepreneurial, creating both the Koffler Centre of the Arts and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Koffler Centre of the Arts and even as we mourn the passing of one of this country’s great civic leaders, we celebrate the visionary leadership of our founders Murray and Marvelle Koffler. Murray believed in building community – through the arts and through science. He created organizations that have endured and thrived without losing sight of their original ideals or purpose. His enchanted journey has immeasurably enriched the lives of many Canadians.
Murray’s spirit will always remain part of the heart and soul of the Koffler Centre of the Arts.