Monday, March 6, 2017
Geoff Taber

Geoffrey Kenneth Taber, LLB 1985, his wife Jacquie, and sons Scott and Andrew, all of Toronto, perished tragically in a cottage fire on December 24, 2016. Geoff was a generous, vibrant and wonderful person, a talented lawyer and a great friend.  

A beloved member of his class, Geoff graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1985 and went on to article at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where he practised law in a career spanning 30 years. He was at the forefront of the Canadian technology sector, and the founder of the firm’s Emerging Companies Group.

Geoff was also very involved at the Rotman School of Management. His engagement with the School and particularly as co-founder of the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) exemplifies the spirit we value and try to cultivate.

The Faculty of Law and the Rotman School of Management would like to honour his legacy with the Geoff Taber Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to JD/MBA students based on various factors including academic excellence, leadership and financial need. This will be an endowed fund and will help continue Geoff’s legacy by facilitating the next generation of individuals interested in entrepreneurship, innovation and law. 

The University of Toronto is committed to honouring Geoff’s legacy and will match, through its Boundless Promise Matching and Rotman’s Matching Programs, income generated by your gift in perpetuity.

The memorial scholarship will be a fitting tribute to a man who was a leader in the field of law and entrepreneurship and a valued mentor to countless students and ventures. Please consider joining us in contributing to the Geoff Taber Memorial Scholarship.

A force of nature, Geoff will be remembered for his sense of humour, and his passions in life. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

For more information on the Geoff Taber Memorial Scholarship, contact Wasila Baset, Associate Director, Alumni Programs at 416-946-8227 or