W. John Bennett
W. John Bennett has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Look Eyewear Inc. since the conversion of the former income trust, named Benvest New Look Income Fund, into the current corporate structure in March 2010. He previously was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the former trust, a director and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the former subsidiary also named New Look Eyewear Inc. Prior to the creation of the trust in 2005, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Benvest Capital Inc. of which he was the founder and a director since 1991. Since May 1, 2005, his principal occupation has been as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Benvest Holdings Limited, an investment holding company. He is an experienced merchant banker and private investor. Mr. Bennett had a long and distinguished career as an executive and investment banker at Scotia McLeod Inc. (now Scotia Capital Inc.). Prior to his retirement in 1989, he was Executive Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of Scotia McLeod Inc. From 1989 to 1991, Mr. Bennett was President and Chief Executive Officer of a financial holding company owned by a major Canadian conglomerate. He has been a director of many Canadian public and private companies. Mr. Bennett also serves as trustee of several Canadian charitable and educational foundations. He has an Honour B.A. (1967) from the University of Toronto, an L.L.B. (1970) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Mr. Bennett is Chairman of the Executive Committee and a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of New Look Eyewear Inc.