Tony Gagliano was born in Toronto, Ontario and graduated with a degree in Business Management from Ryerson University. In 1979, he began his rise in the print industry with his first of many positions with St. Joseph Communications. He became General Manager in 1987 and, shortly thereafter, at 29 years of age, was named President. After several years with the organization, he became Chief Executive Officer in 1995. Mr. Gagliano presently serves as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Communications.
Under Mr. Gagliano’s leadership, St. Joseph Communications, founded by his parents in the basement of their home shortly after emigrating from Italy, has evolved from a small family business with a handful of associates to a national, fully integrated communications/media corporation with more than 1,500 associates from coast to coast. St. Joseph Communications has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies for the past five years. Mr. Gagliano’s commitment and dedication can be seen in all areas of the company; from his relationship with clients and company growth to the unique corporate culture at St. Joseph.
Mr. Gagliano is actively involved in a number of organizations. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Association as well as a Board member of the St. Michael’s Hospital Board and Metrolinx. In addition, he is a cabinet member of Ryerson University in Toronto and an honorary board member of Scouts Canada. He is also a founding partner and co-chair of Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts & Creativity.
Now president of the AGO Board of Trustees, Mr. Gagliano has been a member since 2003. He has served as a vice president of the Gallery since 2005, and has been a member of the campaign, executive and nominating committees. He also led an unprecedented fundraising effort in support of Transformation AGO, where 26 prominent families within the Italian-Canadian community contributed $13 million to the project. In recognition of their support, the iconic sculptural promenade on the AGO’s north facade was named Galleria Italia.
His support of the arts and cultural community in Canada includes a $10 million in-kind contribution through the St. Joseph Arts Partner of Choice initiative. Mr. Gagliano is actively involved in a number of organizations, including the Young Presidents’ Association, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto Community Foundation and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
Mr. Gagliano has received numerous honours, including an Alumni Achievement Award from Ryerson University, the Words & Deeds Leadership Award from the CIJA and UJA Federation, and with Luminato co-founder David Pecaut, the Canadian Club of Toronto’s 2008 Canadian of the Year.
His personal contributions centre on education and the environment, supporting “Partners in Growth” with Scouts Canada, which since its inception has planted over 2.5 million trees across Canada. St. Joseph was also the first corporation in Canada to receive the prestigious Financial Post award for environmental excellence.