Avie Bennett, CC OOnt, was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. His dedication to public education has taken many forms: He served as the tenth Chancellor of York University from 1998 to 2004, and was Chancellor Emeritus and a member of the Board of Directors of the York University Foundation. Together with William G. Davis, he created a series of bursaries for students attending Sheridan College, and he created a scholarship fund for Indigenous students. In recognition of his support of York University, the Student Services Centre at York’s Keele campus was renamed the Bennett Centre for Student Services.
Avie was the honorary chair of the board of trustees of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Chair of the Historica Foundation of Canada, and President of International Readings at Harbourfront. Among his many honours, he has received honourary doctorates from the universities of Ottawa and Toronto and York University.
He was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1996, and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003.