Edward Johnson is a member of the Bar of Ontario. His background includes employment with the Government of Canada, as Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and prior to that as Special Assistant to then Finance Minister Jean Chrétien and Justice Minister Ron Basford. He also worked with the Toronto law firm Lang Michener and with securities dealer Bell Gouinlock and Co. in Toronto. He joined Power Corporation of Canada in Montreal as Secretary in 1985 and in 1987 became Vice-President and General Counsel. He is also Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of Power Corporation’s financial services subsidiary, Power Financial Corporation. The Power group holdings include Great-West Lifeco Inc., The Great-West Life Assurance Company, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, London Life Insurance Company, Canada Life Assurance Company, Investors Group, Mackenzie Financial Corporation, several French-language newspapers and a diversified industrial group in Europe. Power Corporation also has interests in Asia. Mr. Johnson is Chairman of the National Theatre School of Canada, and a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Edward Johnson is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and a funding member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.