Lacavera, Anthony

Anthony Lacavera
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Anthony Lacavera - Headshot

Graduating from U of T in 1997, Anthony and several fellow graduates saw the potential of the newly deregulated telecommunications industry. They created Globalive Communications with a goal to bring new technology and software solutions to traditional voice and data services.

Offering long distance and operator solutions to hotels and hospitals, Globalive — with Anthony as Chairman and CEO — captured more than 90 per cent of the hospitality market within three years. It launched OneConnect to take advantage of voice services over the Internet, and it created a new wireless service — eventually named Wind Mobile — creating the first new wireless network to be built in North America in 25 years.

Anthony’s energy and stature continues today. He is embarking on a new venture through Globalive Capital, investing in technology and telecom companies to take the success of the Globalive operating platform even further.

In 2007, Anthony created the SHAMBA Foundation, a unique charity dedicated to helping other charities with their fundraising and organizational efforts. To date, SHAMBA has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for guest charities like Little Geeks, POGO, Habitat for Humanity, the Speech Foundation and the Ontario Crafts Council.

Anthony’s interests extend into the arts: in addition to co-producing the all-African-American revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof on Broadway in 2008, he is a founding member of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Galleria Italia.


Selected Achievements:

  • Canada’s CEO of the Year, Globe & Mail Report on Business, 2010
  • Commentadore, Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, Italy, 2008
  • Co-producer, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, New York, 2008
  • 7T6 Early Career Award, U of T Engineering Alumni Association, 2007
  • Founder, SHAMBA Foundation, 2007
  • Named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 List, 2006
  • Founder, Globalive Communications, 1998, ranked #1 in Canada’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies, Profit Magazine, 2004