Windsor was founded in 1989 by Canadian businessman W. Galen Weston and his philanthropist wife, the Hon. Hilary M. Weston of Toronto, Canada. Mr. and Mrs. Weston envisioned a seaside village that combined the charm of yesterday with the comforts of today, while pointing toward the future with its themes of New Urbanism and sustainability.
A business innovator, Mr. Weston, is the Chairman Emeritus of George Weston Limited, one of North America’s largest food processing and distribution companies, which are operated by Weston Foods and Loblaw Companies Limited. Mr. Weston was the chief architect behind one of the most recognizable brands in Canada – “President’s Choice®.” He is also the Chairman of Selfridges Group which includes Selfridges & Co (U.K.), Holt Renfrew (Canada), Ogilvy’s (Canada), Brown Thomas (Ireland) and de Bijenkorf (Holland).
Mrs. Weston is one of Canada’s most influential women, recognized for her volunteer and philanthropic work, her business acumen and her high-profile public service. Mrs. Weston served as the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1997 to 2002. As the Queen’s representative in Ontario, she was responsible for the Crown’s constitutional and representational roles in the province. During her tenure she supported causes and groups related to women’s issues, volunteers and youth. She received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and in October 2015 she was invested by the Queen as a Commander in the Royal Victorian Order.
Mr. Weston is the Chairman and President and Mrs. Weston serves on the board of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, a family foundation that for over six decades has made significant charitable contributions in Canada in the areas of neuroscience, education, land conservation, and in the natural sciences in Canada’s North. Both Mr. and Mrs. Weston have been awarded Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada.
Windsor is much more than a business for Mr. and Mrs. Weston; it’s a home, a retreat and a place of comfort. They both are deeply involved in every detail of making sure Windsor is the “village by the sea” they envisioned when they conceived the project more than 25 years ago – even to the point of naming the community after the location of their beloved English home in Windsor Great Park.