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May 13 + 14, 2019


Tony Cohen

Tony Cohen

President & CEO
Global Edge Investments

EVP & Partner
Crescent Hotel & Resorts

Tony is President & CEO of Global Edge Investments (GEI); a vertically integrated hospitality and management based investment company he founded in 1998.

Some of GEI’s notable transactions were the creation, development and sale of the Thompson Toronto Hotel and Hotel Le Germain Toronto - Tony helped guide the Thompson to a 2017 sale that achieved the 3rd highest per key price in the history of hotel transactions in Canada. GEI divested its interest (in 2014) in Le Germain and achieved a 14 year 16% IRR on the investment. GEI also bought a select service hotel in downtown Toronto in 2011 and after rezoning sold it in 2017 for one of the highest prices per buildable square foot in Ontario. GEI currently owns the Hotel PUR, A Tribute Collection hotel, in Quebec City which it bought in 2015 and repositioned. GEI took an active role in the launch, growth and sale of and has investments in tech start-ups (and other companies) such as Tequila Tromba, Flow Hydration, Setter, SeamlessMD, Fuel Transfer Technologies (FTT), and Zonetail.

Tony is also a Partner & Chief Canada Officer in Crescent Hotels & Resorts; a top 4 North American independent hotel management company operating 95 hotels in Canada and the US.

Tony currently serves on the boards of Mount Sinai Foundation, Birthright Israel Canada and the Design Exchange. In 1998, in partnership with his wife, they created the Tora Foundation which is involved in organizations such as Birthright Israel, Mount Sinai, Tennis Canada, the Bell Lightbox, the Ontario Science Centre, AIDA (Association of Israeli Decorative Artists), to name a few.

Tony attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Tony is the 2012 recipient of the Ontario Hostelry Institute Gold Award for Hotelier of the Year.

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