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Early Life & Family

Edward Banayoti Sawiris was born in Cairo, Egypt on the 15th of September 1964, to a Greek mother and Egyptian father, and is now based in Ontario, Canada, and Europe. Son of a successful tradesperson, Banayoti Sawiris learned his father’s entrepreneurial skills from an early age. Banayoti Sawiris senior was conducting business throughout the MENA region in the gold/precious stones and immovable property industries amongst others. This inspired and fueled Edward’s entrepreneurial talent and ambitions which contributed greatly to his legacy. After high school, he attended the University of Toronto where he earned his degree in Accounting and continued his post-graduate education at York University in Ontario.

Banayoti Sawiris‘ first venture in the business world was in real estate and the service industry, where he procured 22 hotels around Canada, transformed, and elevated them, then later sold and became some of the leading hotel names in the country. He is also the founder of Banayoti Holdings, which had a paid-up capital of US$ 1.85 Billion. Banayoti Holdings was later converted to Cornerstone Holdings Corp.


Edward Banayoti Sawiris attended many courses in law, economy, strategies, and derivatives. He is also fluent in four languages: English, Arabic, Greek, and French

Edward Sawiris Banayoti
Edward Sawiris Banayoti


Sir Banayoti Sawiris took the oath of knighthood of The Order of Saint George of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on April 18th, 2015. He was certified by Gareth John Green, the Grand Master of Canada, and the Americas. His knighthood certificate states that “It has been confirmed that Edward’s life and conduct merit investiture as a Knight of The Order of Saint George.” He was promoted to Knight Commander in 2016.

Business Sectors

Defense, Military & Security

Leading in this sector, Defence Unlimited formed an alliance with MITgel, a manufacturer of superior Bullet Proof Vests, as well as several other regional agencies for military, aviation, and security products.

Trade & Manufacturing

Banayoti Sawiris established his first trade business in Egypt and expanded its ventures to Canada when he relocated in 2010.

Real Estate & Hospitality

Banayoti Sawiris has a unique vision for creative estate transformations and property development. Merging real estate investments with the hospitality sector, he has bought, transformed, and sold 22 hotels that are now among the top chains across the US and Canada. The hotels were acquired by a Canadian group.

Other Sectors

Banayoti Sawiris invested in several other sectors, including, but not limited to, aerospace, telecoms, logistics, and media.

Air Malta

Banayoti Sawiris had made an offer to Air Malta via the Maltese government, but the offer was denied by European legislators.

Silent Circle

He has successfully introduced Silent Circle to Canada among several other countries, which is an encrypted black phone that ensued complete privacy, and is now available as an app called Silent Phone. His company uses Silent Phone to protect clients’ privacy.


Transact is the first company that was established in Canada, which opened up trade between Canada, and Egypt as well as the Middle East.


Edward Banayoti Sawiris is a Member of the following:

2013 – Member of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries

2013 – Member of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada

2014 – Member of the National Military Intelligence Association

2014 – Member of the Canadian Centre of Ethics and Corporate Policy

2014 – Registered Federal Lobbyist – Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada

2014 – Member of NCAGE – NATO portal for supplying defence supplies

2014-  Registered Provincial Lobbyist – Ontario Lobbyists Registry

2014 – Co-Chairman of the international board of the International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT)

2015 – Appointed Knight Grand Cross Order of St George

2015 – Incorporated Silent Circle – Canada –  Encrypted phone manufacturer

2015 – Incorporated Cornerstone Holdings Corp., Canada (

2015 – Founder, Defence Unlimited International

2016 – Promoted from Knight Grand Cross to Knight Commander of The Order Of St George

2016 – CEO, The Canadian Association of Political Consultants (CAPC)

2016 – CEO, Canadian League of Lobbyists & Advocacy Professionals

2016 – Appointed worldwide agent for MITgel Bullet Proof Vests

2016 – Member of The Association of Schools of Political Studies

2017 – Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

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