Visionaries

WHO IS A VISIONARY?

This category was designed to honour the great entrepreneurs who have created and/or launched companies and established enduring, valuable and iconic Canadian brands.

Arkadi Kuhlmann

Winner 2016

Arkadi Kuhlmann Founder and CEO, Zenbanx Arkadi Kuhlmann’s vocation and avocation have been to reinvent and revitalize consumers’ relationship with their money.

Arkadi introduced the world to direct banking with a simplified customer focus when he founded ING DIRECT Canada in 1996, creating the brand strategy, recruiting the senior leadership team and growing the bank during 1996-2000 to a successful market position while serving as the bank’s President and CEO.  He then repeated this process in 2000, founding ING DIRECT USA and led its growth to become the nation’s largest savings bank and number one direct bank, with more than $84 billion in deposits and 7.8 million customers.  Arkadi executed his vision to create a retail-focused bank that offered an easy-to-use savings, checking, mortgages, and investment products direct to consumers. His customer strategy led to fanatical loyalty and industry-leading customer promotion scores and branded him affectionately as the ‘CEO of Savings.’

Following the sale of ING DIRECT USA, Arkadi set out to fill the “white space” that he saw in mobile banking for customers with global connections and needs. In 2012, Arkadi founded Zenbanx, a simple and secure mobile solution for saving, exchanging, sending or spending currencies internationally and domestically, and began creating the next generation of global, mobile banking.  With the launch of Zenbanx in Canada in Q1 2015, and Zenbanx in the United States in Q4, Arkadi officially assumed the moniker “CEO of multi-currency saving.”

Earlier in his career, Arkadi engineered an organizational and systems restructuring as the President of North American Trust, a turnaround project under the ownership of North American Life. The execution of Arkadi’s tactical business plan along with new product development resulted in a transformation from a $10M operating loss to a $17M operating profit.

Prior to North American Trust, Arkadi served as President and CEO at Deak & Co. and Deak International for a period spanning 1985-1993.  Deak provided merchant and investment banking services, and through Deak International provided foreign exchange and precious metals trading and refining services.  Arkadi reorganized Deak International’s operations, launching a revitalized company in April 1986, and expanded the company from 52 to 192 branches worldwide and 350 to 1,500 employees, achieving revenues of $1B wholesale and $2.5B retail, and income of $70M.  Arkadi oversaw the successful divestiture of Deak International in 1990. 

From 1977-1984, Arkadi served as Vice President, General Manager and Manager of Royal Bank of Canada in its Corporate Cash Management and Commercial Banking Marketing divisions. Before that, he served briefly as a consultant for the banking industry and as an Assistant Director of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. 

In addition to his corporate successes, Arkadi demonstrated his passion for teaching as a professor of International Finance and Investment Banking at the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of Rock then Roll: The Secrets of Culture-Driven Leadership and The Orange Code: How ING DIRECT Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause, as well as several books on finance and numerous business cases. His thoughts on banking, leadership and innovation have been published in major newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and New York Times.

Arkadi received an M.B.A. and an Honors in Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) from the University of Western Ontario for his contributions to the world of business strategy. 

Arkadi has served on the Ivey Advisory Board beginning in 1997 and served in a Chairman role from 2004 to 2013. He was recognized with the Ivey Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for his contributions to the school. Arkadi also serves on the Boards of the Council for Economic Education, Sindeo, and Payoff.

During his career, Arkadi has been honored as American Banker’s 2006 Innovator of the Year and the recipient of ING Business Award (Revenue Growth Category) in 2005, Delaware Business Leader Award in 2006 and 2008, Habitat for Humanity Leadership Award in 2007, and the inaugural Netherlands American Foundation’s Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins Jr. Award in 2007. In 2010, Mr. Kuhlmann was honored with the Council for Economic Education’s Visionary Award for his life-long advocacy in teaching adults and children about responsible money behavior. 

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Joseph Mimran

Winner 2015

Canada’s Joe Mimran is best-know for creating a succession of visionary brands and retail concepts, including Club Monaco, Caban and most recently, Joe Fresh. Club Monaco revolutionized the retail fashion world by introducing a distinctive minimalistic style and monochromatic palette. In 1999, Club Monaco and Caban were purchased by Ralph Lauren, marking Ralph Lauren’s first-ever acquisition. Joe co-founded Pink Tartan with his wife Kimberly Newport-Mimran, the principal designer – and he consulted on the creation of PC Home. In 2006, Joe became Creative Director of a “fast fashion” concept he co-created with Loblaw’s, Joe Fresh. He currently stars on the popular CBC show, Dragons Den, is Chairman of Gibraltar Growth Corp. a subsidiary of Gibraltar & Co Inv. a Toronto based private investment company, and is Chairman of FDCC (Fashion Design Council of Canada).

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Aldo Bensadoun

Winner 2013

Aldo Bensadoun is a celebrated Canadian business leader and philanthropist who directs the strategic growth of The Aldo Group, currently operating more than 1,000 retail stores across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland and an additional 600 plus franchised stores globally.

Mr. Bensadoun is the recipient of a long list of prestigious awards. Long before the term was known, he was determined to make corporate social responsibility and citizenship a core element of his business. Whether in education, social welfare, medicine or the arts, the act of giving back has always been second nature.

 

Aldo Bensadoun - MHOL 2013 Visionary

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Lise Watier

Winner 2013

A veritable pioneer among Canada's entrepreneurs, Lise Watier used her knowledge and understanding of Quebec women to build a successful company. She created NEIGES by Lise Watier which became the greatest perfume success in Canadian history and is still the top-selling perfume in Quebec and among the top five best-sellers in Canada 20 years later.

 

Ms. Watier also launched the Lise Watier Foundation to help women in need and dedicates all of the revenues from the sale of Rose Tendresse lipstick and Sparkle of Hope gloss to the Foundation.

 

Throughout her career she has received several awards and honours and has even been named “Man of the Month” by Commerce magazine.

Lise Watier - MHOL 2013 Visionary

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Miles Nadal

Winner 2012

MDC Partners


Miles Nadal established MDC over 30 years ago. Through a series of entrepreneurial ventures and diverse investments, he worked to transform MDC Partners from a small photography business into a leading marketing communications global organization.

On April 11, 1980, Nadal used $500, charged to his Visa card, to start MDC Partners. In the company’s first year, revenues were $100,000. In 1987, seven years later, Nadal took his company public, and today, the company is one of the largest and most respected global marketing services organizations.

MDC Partners is one of the world’s largest Business Transformation Organizations that utilizes technology, marketing communications, data analytics, insights and strategic consulting solutions to drive meaningful returns on Marketing and Communications Investments for multinational clients.

MDC Partners’ durable competitive advantage is to Empower the Most Talented Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders to Drive Business Success to new levels of Achievement, for both our Clients and our Shareholders, reinforcing MDC Partners' reputation as "The Place Where Great Talent Lives."

Today, MDC Partners boasts such creatively lauded power-house companies as Anomaly, Bruce Mau Design, Capital C, CP+B, Doner, henderson bas kohn, KBS+ and Veritas, among many others.  MDC companies represent every angle of communications including advertising, design, interactive, e-commerce, product innovation, experiential marketing and branded entertainment, with a diverse portfolio of clients.

MDC shares are publicly traded on both the NASDAQ and the Toronto Stock Exchange.  MDC’s model of perpetual partnership is unique in the industry. MDC Partners fosters the entrepreneurial spirit of its partner firms by encouraging creativity and autonomy while providing the environment and human and financial resources needed to accelerate growth.

In recognition of his achievements in business and his philanthropic endeavors, Nadal has been honored with numerous awards, including selection for the “Top 40 Under 40”, and Ernst & Young’s 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year in the professional services sector. Nadal’s philanthropic legacy and work emphasize the importance of supporting community and charitable organizations, focusing on the areas of children's welfare, education, and health care.

Miles Nadal is a frequent guest lecturer on the subject of entrepreneurship at schools and universities across North America, including Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Wharton and the University of Miami's School of Business Administration. He is an active member of the Marketing 50, Global 50 and G100, and has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Tel Aviv University.

Nadal's philanthropy is behind the construction of the Miles and Kelly Nadal Youth Centre for the Boys and Girls' Club of Canada, which provides a dedicated after-school facility for at risk children in Regent Park and downtown east. Nadal provided the keystone gift for the rebuilding of the Bloor Jewish Community Centre (the Miles S. Nadal Jewish Community Centre), for which he received the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Greater Toronto chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Nadal was a keystone contributor to the revitalization of Ayalon/Canada Park (Canada-Israel Park, known as the Miles S. Nadal & Family Environmental Community). Nadal and MDC are partnering sponsors of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, he is a recipient of the Harold Lederman award for Volunteer and Philanthropic Leadership, and was named a Negev Honouree by the JNF.

Nadal's contribution to educational causes include the funding of York University’s downtown Miles S. Nadal Management Centre, the Miles S. Nadal Institute for Technological Entrepreneurship at Tel Aviv University, as well as involvement with Junior Achievement and the Schulich School of Business, through which he has provided a multitude of high school and university scholarships for students striving to become the entrepreneurs of the future.

Nadal has served on the boards of the Baycrest Institute and Mount Sinai, where he drove the creation of Leadership Sinai, Mount Sinai's young leaders group. He has been honored for his efforts with Harlem RBI, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the UJA Federation and Mount Sinai, as well as his significant contributions to the Reena foundation, which is dedicated to enabling individuals with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential. Nadal has also provided crucial resources to causes such as the Global Medical Relief Fund, Operation Smile, and the building of the Weizmann Institute's Miles and Kelly Nadal and Family Laboratory for Molecular Genetics.

Miles Nadal - MHOL 2012 Visionary

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Louis Garneau

Winner 2011

Louis Garneau


Louis Garneau has been involved with cycling his entire life. With 13 years of bike racing around the globe, over 150 victories, and winning the Canadian Championship in individual pursuit, Louis Garneau correlated his career through his passion for cycling.

In the fall of 1983, in his father’s garage, Louis Garneau, the president founder and his wife Monique Arsenault, started manufacturing their first cycling clothes. In 1984, after participating in the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the manager-owner decided to leave active competition and turn to business. The couple’s extensive experience in cycling made them well aware of cyclists’ specific needs and enabled them to develop a range of original and comfortable clothing offered at competitive prices.

Louis Garneau’s dedication to cycling can only be matched by his commitment to helping others. From his involvement with fundraising for Little Brothers, Friends of the elderly to his participation in charity events, Louis Garneau embodies the spirit of his words when he says Never Give Up.

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Les Mandelbaum

Winner 2011

Umbra


Les Mandelbaum was born in Toronto, Canada in 1951. He attended Antioch College in Ohio, majoring in music and sociology. Eventually Mandelbaum moved to Boston to pursue a career in music, a hobby he continues to enjoy today.

In 1976 Mandelbaum returned to Toronto and started Trans-Canada Hardware (TCH), a company that supplies parts for the construction of heavy duty custom “road” cases and speaker cabinet protection used by rock musicians on road tours. Although Mandelbaum considered this a part-time enterprise due to his ebbing music career, the business was an immediate success. Today TCH has revenues of $25 million and has operations in Texas, New York and Toronto.

In 1979 Mandelbaum and his childhood friend Paul Rowan turned a decorating dilemma into an innovative product. This predicament began the journey to Umbra’s success as a leading brand for contemporary home accessories:

Unable to find an acceptable alternative to the mundane selection of window shades then available, Rowan created his own design and approached Mandelbaum with the idea. The two discovered that there was enough positive response from the design community at their very first display at the Chicago Housewares Show back in 1979, and from Canadian retailers, to create a new company. ‘Umbra’, derived from the Latin word for shade or shadow, was born. Consumers quickly became fans and Umbra started expanding into more home categories.

Many Umbra products have since become design icons and remain best-sellers in the marketplace. The curvaceous GARBINO Can sits in the Permanent Collection of Museum of Modern Art and many others have received international design recognition. Umbra’s commitment to design integrity has made it one of the most prolific producers in the marketplace -it launches over 600 new items per year.

Umbra exports more than 85 per cent of its products out of Canada and has facilities in the United States, Europe, Hong Kong and mainland China. Umbra manufactures products in nearly every category of home accessories and furnishings, for every room in the home. The thirty-one year old company currently has revenues of over $100 million and employs over 750 people worldwide.

Les Mandelbaum resides in Toronto with his wife Wendy and two children, Lucas and Jake.

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Paul Rowan

Winner 2011

Umbra

Paul spends most of his time managing the Umbra design team. That keeps him pretty busy – Umbra launches a new product every day.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Paul developed his understanding of technology and design while mixing paint and fixing windows in his father’s hardware store. It was here that the seeds were sown for his future calling. He graduated from George Brown College in 1974 with a degree in Graphic Design and upon graduating moved to Ottawa to work in the world’s first digital typography company. While settling into his new digs he was frustrated while trying to find a window treatment that suited his practical and aesthetic needs. Motivated by this design challenge, Rowan solved the problem by designing his own window treatment, a printed-paper window shade. He presented childhood friend and entrepreneur Les Mandelbaum with the shade idea and Umbra (‘shade’ in Latin) was born.

For the past 30 years, Paul, as Vice-President of Design and founding partner at Umbra, has dedicated his career to creating purposeful, intelligently designed products that people want. In his own words, “We create product that we like – not market driven but market aware. We build intelligence into our products and engineer value into them while keeping the price accessible. The people who buy our products are never disappointed by the price and always delighted by the design.”

Paul is a design pioneer in the housewares industry. “We are always trying to explore new materials and technologies. We put a lot of effort into understanding people and their relationship to the objects they use in their homes. Creating products that answer their utilitarian needs and satisfy their aesthetic cravings is our definition of good design.” Using this philosophy, he has created innumerable successful designs, while managing diverse internal and external design teams. Umbra has been able to produce a prolific flow of new product due to the visionary leadership of Paul combined with a highly creative design team. Whether they are working on a soap pump or a trash can, Rowan and his team never lose sight of Umbra’s mantra: Design products that provide style and function for every room in the home.

In 1998, Paul Rowan took home the Best Design Strategy Award from the Design Effectiveness Awards, which is Canada’s only professional, multidisciplinary competition. In addition to sponsoring numerous educational institutions, Paul was awarded the Best collection award from New York’s Accent on Design Show in 1999 and has been the Chairperson of George Brown College’s Design School advisory board since 2000. The year 2000 saw Paul Rowan’s mesh garbage can design being added to the permanent collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as well as an Honorable Mention by the City of Toronto Architecture and Urban Design, for Umbra Ltd.’s world headquarters in Toronto. In 2001, he was also granted the Premier’s Award for Outstanding Achievement from the colleges of Ontario. In October of 2002, Paul Rowan was honored for his outstanding contributions in the field of design in the City of Toronto by the TD Centre’s Salute to the City Award program. In the same week, The Fashion Group International presented Paul Rowan with a Tiffany Star for his contribution to Canada’s fashion and design worlds at the Night of Stars event. As of 2006, Paul sits on the Board of Directors on the Design Exchange in Toronto, Canada.

Paul devotes a fair amount of his time to the design community. He speaks regularly to both students and teachers of design. His engaging style ( often accompanied by a harmonica solo ) and wealth of knowledge of today’s international design market and technologies give him insights that educational institutions appreciate. In the recent past he has spoken at Edinborough University, George Brown College, Ontario Economic Summit, Iidex Design Show and the Schulich School, York University.

Umbra is the worldwide leader in casual, contemporary, affordable design for the home. The company’s products are available at over 25,000 retailers in more than 75 countries. Umbra’s award-winning design team – 30 men and women from all over the world that include some of the world’s most renowned designers – create the most recognizable and ubiquitous housewares in the world. After 29 years, they remain the heart and soul of the company.

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Frank Buckley

Winner 2011

W.K. Buckley Limited


Frank Buckley, born in Toronto on April 8, 1921, likes to believe he was conceived around the same time his father, William Knapp Buckley founded W.K. Buckley Limited (1920).

At Buckley’s, Frank began his career working as a traveling salesman. After three years of door-to-door sales, he joined his father in a management position. While W.K. was first and foremost a salesman, Frank had a natural interest in finance, administration and the broadcast media. Together they made a formidable team. Upon the death of his father in 1978, Frank assumed presidency of the company.

Frank became spokesperson in the mid-eighties, when Buckley’s implemented its honest and humorous “awful taste” ad campaign. Featured in many of the radio and TV commercials, he is often recognized and approached by people in public for a casual comment or autograph. Senior citizens are attracted to Frank as living proof that life starts not ends at 65. Frank remains spokesperson for the Buckley’s brand, today.

Frank has always shown keen interest in the pharmaceutical industry. He served as the President of the Proprietary Association of Canada (now the Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada) and remains an honorary member to this day. Throughout his life, Frank has also been involved with many community service organizations.

Frank graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance Degree from the University of Toronto in 1942. He served in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as a carrier-based fighter pilot in World War II. In 2003, Frank was deeply honoured to be appointed a member of the Order of Canada.

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Chip Wilson

Winner 2010

lululemon athletica

Chip Wilson is a passionate entrepreneur and visionary who is best known for his creation of lululemon athletica. Chip founded the dynamic, yoga-inspired athletic apparel company in 1998 with the mission to provide people with components to live longer, healthier and more fun lives.

As founder and Chief Product Developer of lululemon athletica, Chip influences all areas of the company. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, lululemon manufactures, distributes, and retails its products in over 110 stores across North America and internationally.
Chip holds a BA in Economics from the University of Calgary. In 2004, he was named Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year for Innovation and Marketing by Ernst & Young.

Chip maintains a healthy and active lifestyle with a regular exercise routine that consists of hiking the Grouse Grind, a local mountain, at least hree times a week and seeing a personal trainer at least twice a week. Other interests include reading and staying apprised of new and emerging athletics.

Chip’s greatest accomplishment is his family. He is the proud father of five boys and is happily married to his wife Shannon.

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Jean Coutu

Winner 2010

Jean Coutu was born in Montreal on May 29, 1927. His father, Lucien Coutu was a pediatrician at Sainte-Justine hospital and a family doctor in an East Montreal neighbourhood.


With his Bachelor of Arts degree in hand, Jean Coutu enrolled with the faculty of Medicine of Montreal University. In 1949, following a dispute with the Council of Studies, he leaves the faculty of medicine and he joins the pharmacy program. In 1953, he obtains his pharmacy license.


While still in university, he works part time. Jean Coutu works for some five years in an outlet of the Leduc Pharmacy chain. First hired as a clerk, he is eventually promoted to the position of assistant manager and then manager.


In 1955, Jean Coutu opens in Montreal a retail pharmacy with his cousin Jean Locas as partner. After the expiry of their five-year agreement, Jean Coutu decides to go his own way.
In 1966, he enters into partnership with Louis Michaud. Both partners open a first store called « Farmateria » where are offered at discount prices all the products found over-the-counter in a traditional pharmacy setting. Those stores are liquidated in 1968.


In June 1969, Jean Coutu opens his first discount pharmacy on the corner of Garnier and Mont-Royal. Two years later he partners again with Louis Michaud. In 1973, they sign their first franchise contract. The Montreal pharmacy, the largest retail pharmacy in the world, becomes the very first Pharm-escompte Jean Coutu. In 1980, Jean Coutu becomes the sole owner of the Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc.


Since 1986, the Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. is a public company. It represents one of the finest examples of a family business which has been passed down to the second generation. In 2007, Jean Coutu named his son François, president and chief executive officer of the Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc, remaining himself president of the board of directors.

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Clive Beddoe

Winner 2009

Westjet

In September 2007, Clive was appointed WestJet Chairman having previously held the roles of President and Chief Executive Officer. Clive has been instrumental in making WestJet one of the most successful airlines in recent aviation history.
Clive’s keen business acumen has shaped the development of WestJet’s corporate culture, executive team and strategy. A true entrepreneur, Clive’s strong background in financial planning and strategic management was gained through several successful real estate and plastics enterprises.

In 2000, Clive and his fellow WestJet founders received the Worldwide Award for Teamwork at the World Entrepreneur of the Year celebrations. In 2001, he received the Pinnacle Award, and in that same year, WestJet was awarded the “Business Ethics” award from the Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta. In 2002 and 2003, WestJet was named one of Canada’s most respected companies, and in 2003, WestJet received the Most Respected Corporation title for Innovative Practices from Alberta Venture Magazine.

In 2004, Clive received the prestigious Canadian Business Leader Award from the University of Alberta Faculty of Business and the Business Advisory Council. In 2008, he was named the University of Victoria Business Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Clive serves on the Board of Directors of Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and is Chairman of their Human Resources Committee.

A resident of Calgary, Clive immigrated to Canada from England in 1970. Married with two children, Clive is a private pilot licensed to fly numerous types of aircraft. It was through this keen interest in aviation that spurred the formation of WestJet.

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Murray Koffler

Winner 2008

Shoppers Drug Mart

Murray Koffler was only 17 years old and still in high school when his father – the owner of two Koffler’s Drugstores in mid-town Toronto – passed away. At his mother’s insistence, he studied Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, then began to run the stores after he graduated.
It wasn’t long before Murray’s innovative approach to retailing began to bear fruit. In post-war Canada, it was very difficult to get men’s toiletries and men’s lines, so Murray decided to create a new line of men’s toiletries, taking the name ‘Life’ from a Life magazine and changing the colours from white-on-orange to orange-on-white in big block letters. It was so successful he soon changed the name of products like Koffler’s Aspirin to Life Brand.

In 1950, he copied Dominion stores and introduced self-service to pharmacy, He got rid of the soda fountain and put the prescription department up front, to focus on prescriptions and health aids, which tripled his business. After being introduced to developer E.P. Taylor by his friend Eddy Creed, he opened the first drugstore in a shopping centre.

A major innovation in the mid-1950s was the Associate concept – before franchising was even heard of. Murray said to his graduate pharmacist, “You become my Associate and run the store [at York Mills and Bayview] as if it’s your own, while I open the next store. You don’t have to put up any money. I’ll get a percentage of your volume, but you keep all the profits.” He did all the marketing, advertising and promotions for all three stores, including researching new store locations.

In 1962, Murray opened a store at Shoppers World at Danforth and Coxwell. “I loved the name ‘Shoppers World,” he explained. Instead of being Koffler’s Drugstore, he took the name ‘Shoppers’ from Shoppers World, and the name ‘Mart’ from Loblaws Food Mart. “I thought it would denote economy, better prices, and real merchandising. He marketed the store with big wide aisles, very bright stores and discounted prices. “We were so successful, we changed the three Koffler’s Drugstores into Shoppers Drug Marts, which by itself improved business.”

When rival chain Plaza Drugs was facing ownership strife, Murray suggested the two chains combine and form a public company, which began a series of acquisitions until the chain reached 500 stores across the country. At the suggestion of E.P. Taylor, he decided not to sell the company outright, but to sell up into a major public company (Imasco) and take shares in the new company. Murray served as Shoppers CEO from 1978 through to 1982, then chairman until his retirement in 1986.

As an active investor, Murray co-founded Four Seasons Hotels with his friends Eddy Creed and Issy Sharp when they built the Four Seasons Motor Hotel on Jarvis Street in Toronto, He remained a Director of Four Seasons until 2004.

Murray’s strong sense of social responsibility led him to establish such organizations as the Toronto Outdoor Art Show, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and the Council on Drug Abuse.

Earlier in 2007, Murray helped cut the ribbon on the 1,000th Shoppers Drug Mart at Don Mills and Lawrence, on the same site as our second store.

He was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 1991, and named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995.

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Issy Sharp

Winner 2008

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

A builder by trade, Issy Sharp has constructed a remarkable global brand, widely respected for its unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction.

Issy worked summers in construction with his father Max, before graduating in architecture from Ryerson in Toronto in 1952. Still working alongside his father, he began to spread his wings by developing his own projects. The first project – done simply as a financial investment with partners Murray Koffler and Eddy Creed – was the Four Seasons Hotel on Jarvis Street, which opened in 1961.

“I had just finished a small motel, Motel 27 on the Queen Elizabeth Highway, for a friend of mine,” Sharp explains. “I saw that if this project worked on a limited-access highway, it could work right downtown – a motor-hotel that combined the convenience of the city with the informality of a motel.”

There was no vision of the Four Seasons brand as it is today, he explains. “I didn’t intend on getting into the hotel business. I didn’t know anything about the hotel business, so I hired someone (Ian Munro) who did know the hotel business. My approach to that hotel was strictly thinking about it from a customer’s point-of-view. In fact, my lack of knowledge and experience probably allowed me to do and try things that others with more experience would fear to do.”

After a decade of trial and refinement with hotels in Toronto and London England, Sharp took up the hospitality business full-time a decade later. Since then, Four Seasons has grown to become one of the finest luxury hotel chains worldwide, with over 70 hotels in over 30 countries and has many more under development.

Sharp has always dedicated a significant portion of his life to community involvement. He initiated the corporate sponsorship program supporting the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, and founded the Terry Fox Run program. Since the first Run, which attracted 300,000 participants across Canada and raised $3.5 million, the program has become the largest, single-day fundraising event for cancer research worldwide, raising over $400 million to date. For these achievements, he became the Canadian Cancer Society’s first recipient of the Ruth Hartman Frankel Humanitarian Award in 1983.

A director of the Clairvest Group Inc., he has also served as an honorary director of the Bank of Nova Scotia, member of the Board of Governors of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, co-chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, director of The Council for Canadian Unity, and governor of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews.

Within his industry, he has received numerous honours, including Corporate Hotelier of the World (Hotels & Restaurants International Magazine, 1988), Officer de la Confrerie des Amis de L’hotellerier Internationale (International Hotel Association, 1988), and Man of the Year (Foodservice and Hospitality, 1989). He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young’s Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year program in 2003, and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame a decade ago. He as appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993, recognizing his outstanding achievements and service to Canada.

He and his wife, Rosalie have three sons. They lost a fourth son to cancer in 1978.

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Edward (Ted) Rogers

Winner 2007

Rogers Communications Inc.

Edward (Ted) Rogers was literally born into a world of mass communications. His father, Ted Sr., who died at the young age of 38 when Ted was only five years old, had invented the world’s first alternating current radio tube, the technology that made radios a commonplace fixture in Canadian homes in the 1930s.

After graduating from law school and while still articling, Ted launched Rogers Radio Broadcasting Limited, which acquired the nation’s first FM station, CHFI-FM. In 1962, he pioneered stereo broadcasting in FM with CHFI, and also founded CFTR-AM in Toronto. CHFI-FM quickly became one of Canada’s most listened-to FM radio stations, becoming the most popular and profitable FM radio station in Canada. Rogers’ interest in radio broadcasting naturally led him to the emerging world of television, and in 1967, he was awarded the cable TV licenses for areas in and around Toronto.

During the 1970s, Rogers Cable TV became Canada’s most innovative cable company. In the mid-1970s, it was the first cable company to expand past 12 channels, and specialized in adding a wider choice of programming, in particular multi-cultural television through the founding of CFMT (Channel 47). In 1979, Rogers Cable TV Limited acquired control of Canadian Cablesystems Limited, and one year later, purchased Premier Communications Limited, almost doubling Rogers’ cable subscribers and making Rogers the largest cable television company in Canada.

As the next innovation of cellular telephony came on-stream, Rogers was in the forefront once again. Rogers became the founding shareholder of Rogers Cantel Inc. (now called Rogers Wireless), which began cellular telephone service in 1985, growing to become a national cellular telephone network in Canada that successfully competes with the more established telephone companies.

The Rogers media empire expanded to print in 1994, when Rogers Communications Inc. successfully completed its offer for the shares of Maclean Hunter Limited, Canada’s leading name in consumer and trade magazine publishing. The Maclean Hunter assets were subsequently combined with Rogers’ existing radio and television operations to form Rogers Media Inc.

In September 2000, Rogers Communications Inc. acquired the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club and several years later, in 2004, acquired Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome) which is the Blue Jays home venue and largest covered indoor entertainment complex in Canada. In 2001, Rogers Media acquired Sportsnet and The FAN 590 sports radio station along with 14 Northern Ontario radio stations.

Today, Rogers Communications is a formidable and innovative competitor in almost every aspect of the Canadian communications and media landscape, engaged in cellular, Digital PCS, paging and data communications through Rogers Wireless; in cable television, high-speed Internet access and video retailing through Rogers Cable Inc., and in radio and television broadcasting, tele-shopping, publishing and new media businesses through Rogers Media Inc.

Ted Rogers was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990 and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 1994. He has been a strong supporter of Junior Achievements of Canada, and has had a significant contribution to the establishment of a communications centre at Ryerson University.

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Mike Lazaridis

Winner 2006

Research in Motion

Research in Motion, the company that gave the word BlackBerry new meaning beyond just a summer fruit, emerged from the vision and diligence of a young, Turkish-born electrical engineer named Mike Lazardis.

Mike Lazaridis’s interest in technology first developed during high school. He went to the University of Waterloo to pursue an electrical engineering degree, but quit in 1984 when General Motors of Canada Ltd. awarded him an industrial automation contract – even though he didn’t even have a company! That year, Mike formed Research in Motion Limited (RIM), and since then has earned more than 30 patents and dozens of industry awards for his innovations in wireless radio technology and software.

Respected as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent, Mike is responsible for RIM’s product strategy, R&D, product development, and manufacturing. Outside of RIM, Mike established the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in 2000, which has quickly become a leading centre for fundamental research and attracted the attention of the world’s scientific community. In recognition of his leadership and innovation, Mike was named Canada’s Nation Builder of the Year for 2002 by readers of The Globe and Mail.

Business partner Jim Balsillie joined RIM in 1992, and is responsible for directing RIM’s strategy, business development and finance. Balsillie has profitably grown sales by 10,000 percent in the past six years, with over 95 percent of sales to export markets. Before joining RIM, Jim was executive vice-president and member of the board of engineering/construction company Sutherland-Shultz Ltd. of Kitchener, Ont., and senior associate, Strategy Consulting Group and Senior Accountant, Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young in Toronto.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Harvard School of Business, and a Doctorate Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a Fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2002, Jim founded The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a world-class global research institute focused on the restructuring of international governance, with particular emphasis on financial and economic institutions.

Just how ubiquituous has the BlackBerry mobile communications device become? The company’s most recent subscriber data indicates a staggering 24% increase in subscribers in just one financial quarter to over 2.5 million subscribers! With offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, Research In Motion today designs, manufactures and markets innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market, as well as enabling a broad array of third-party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data.

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Ed Mirvish

Winner 2006

Theatre Impresario

The man known to millions of Torontonians as ‘Honest Ed’ got an early start in business, and now, at more than 90 years old, he’s never looked back. Mirvish began working in the family grocery store in 1929 at age 15, after dropping out of high school.

In early 1940s, he opened a women’s clothing shop on the site that would become Honest Ed’s, at Bloor and Bathurst streets. To this day, Honest Ed’s is a one-of-a-kind bargain centre that provides an object lesson in successful (if not elegant retailing), with its countless flashing lights on the store marquee, overstuffed merchandising shelves and bins, handwritten signs featuring corny puns (e.g., “We don’t offer service. We have a slogan – serve yourself and save a lot of money” and “Welcome, don’t faint at our low prices, there’s no place to lie down”), and doorcrasher specials such as free turkeys to the first 1,000 shoppers at Christmas). Every year on his birthday Ed hosts a street party that makes him an even greater hero to the shoppers of all ages, genders and ethnic origins that frequent the store.

In the 1950s, Ed negotiated with the Cawthra Mulock trust to buy the then-tired Royal Alexandra Theatre, built in 1907 but slated for demolition. To help attract patrons to his theatre, he began buying properties along King Street West and opened a series of restaurants that ultimately served 6,000 meals an evening. Using such brand names as Old Ed’s, Ed’s Warehouse, Most Honourable Ed’s Chinese, and Ed’s Seafood, it’s clear that Ed understood the marketing concept of market segmentation before the term became popular! In a similar fashion, Ed began purchasing residential properties on Markham Street adjacent to Honest Ed’s to create Mirvish Village, a collection of small, arty business enterprises including David Mirvish Books then run by his son David.

Beyond restaurants, another key ingredient in Ed’s theatre marketing arsenal was his use of the theatre subscription, which helped guarantee audiences for his eclectic roster of touring and later home-grown shows, and which offered weekday matinees that made live theatre more accessible to seniors and students.

In 1993, Ed and David Mirvish opened the brand-new Princess of Wales Theatre a few doors west of the Royal Alex, filling the two theatres with such long-running Broadway and West End hit musicals as Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Lion King and Mamma Mia!. More recently, the Mirvishes have helped develop new Canadian ‘theatrical product’ by supporting up-and-coming Canadian plays and playwrights such as Two Pianos, Four Hands, Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy and Adam Pettle’s Zadie’s Shoes.

Ed Mirvish is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for the restoration of London’s Royal Vic Theatre.

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Harry Rosen

Winner 2006

Harry Rosen Inc.

If you asked Canadian men to name the place they’d think of first to buy high-end men’s clothing, chances are the first name you’d hear would be “Harry Rosen.’

After working in a clothing factory and a quality menswear store, Harry and his brother Lou put down $500 and opened a small, made-to-measure menswear store in 1954 on Parliament Street in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood. In 1961, they relocated the store to Richmond Street West to be closer to their business clientele. In 1968, they opened a second store in Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall.
In 1969, Harry sold the company to the Dylex organization, and became General Manager of Dylex’s Tip Top Tailors division and Harry Rosen. Harry returned full time to Harry Rosen in 1975, repurchasing 49% of the company. In 1994, when Dylex had financial difficulties, Harry bought back the remaining 51%.

In 1989, Harry Rosen’s expanded into the highly competitive U.S. market with a store in Buffalo, and in 1998 opened the first of nine U.S. Hugo Boss stores. Unfortunately, due to the untimely death of Harry’s partner and minor shareholder Bob Humphrey, the stores were sold back to Hugo Boss.

Some of the secrets to the marketing success of Harry Rosen are its selection of prestigious, top-quality brand names together with a line of more affordable house brands; carefully trained sales associates who take a personal and proactive interest in their customers; a semi-annual customer magazine that speaks to the lifestyle of the store’s customer base and highlights new trends; and operating attractively designed stores in high-traffic locations.

The year 2004 marked the 50th anniversary of Harry Rosen Inc. with 16 stores in major centres across Canada. Never one to rest on his laurels, Harry continues to work the floor of the store every Saturday.

Harry has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Western Ontario and sat on the Advisory Board of the Ivey School of Business. He is currently on the Retail Management Advisory Board of Ryerson University.

As a businessperson, Harry Rosen has received various awards and recognition, including ‘Retail Marketer of the Year’ and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Retail Council of Canada, and an honorary degree from Ryerson University in 2003. In 2003, he was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada, in part as a result of his active involvement with fundraising initiatives for the Canadian Cancer Society, United Jewish Appeal, Canadian Special Olympics, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.

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Jim Balsillie

Winner 2006

Research in Motion, the company that gave the word BlackBerry new meaning beyond just a summer fruit, emerged from the vision and diligence of a young, Turkish-born electrical engineer named Mike Lazardis.

Mike Lazardis’s interest in technology first developed during high school. He went to the University of Waterloo to pursue an electrical engineering degree, but quit in 1984 when General Motors of Canada Ltd. awarded him an industrial automation contract – even though he didn’t even have a company! That year, Mike formed Research in Motion Limited (RIM), and since then has earned more than 30 patents and dozens of industry awards for his innovations in wireless radio technology and software.

Respected as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent, Mike is responsible for RIM’s product strategy, R&D, product development, and manufacturing. Outside of RIM, Mike established the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in 2000, which has quickly become a leading centre for fundamental research and attracted the attention of the world’s scientific community. In recognition of his leadership and innovation, Mike was named Canada’s Nation Builder of the Year for 2002 by readers of The Globe and Mail.

Business partner Jim Balsillie joined RIM in 1992, and is responsible for directing RIM’s strategy, business development and finance. Balsillie has profitably grown sales by 10,000 percent in the past six years, with over 95 percent of sales to export markets. Before joining RIM, Jim was executive vice-president and member of the board of engineering/construction company Sutherland-Shultz Ltd. of Kitchener, Ont., and senior associate, Strategy Consulting Group and Senior Accountant, Entrepreneurial Services Group at Ernst & Young in Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Harvard School of Business, and a Doctorate Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a Fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 2002, Jim founded The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a world-class global research institute focused on the restructuring of international governance, with particular emphasis on financial and economic institutions.

Just how ubiquituous has the BlackBerry mobile communications device become? The company’s most recent subscriber data indicates a staggering 24% increase in subscribers in just one financial quarter to over 2.5 million subscribers! With offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, Research In Motion today designs, manufactures and markets innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market, as well as enabling a broad array of third-party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data.

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Ron Joyce

Winner 2005

Tim Horton's

“I think what we accomplished at Tim Hortons was based on common sense and gut feeling.”

Ron Joyce was born in 1930 and raised in Tatamagouche Nova Scotia until the age of 16. He then left to seek employment in Hamilton Ontario where he worked at several places before joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1951.

Mr. Joyce served on several ships including HMCS Magnificent during the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 and HMCS Iroquois on Peace Keeping duty in Korea in 1954-55. The return to Canada ended up as a good will tour via Singapore, Colombo, Ceylon, India, Pakistan, Malta, Gibraltar, Azores and then Halifax.

In 1956 Mr. Joyce joined the Hamilton Police department and served on the force until 1965 when he left the department and purchased the first Tim Horton store located in Hamilton. He opened the next two locations and in 1967 he and Tim Horton became full partners in the business.

Tim Horton died in an automobile accident in February of 1974. Two years later, Mr. Joyce became the sole owner of the chain, which then consisted of 40 stores. In memory of Tim, he created the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation in his memory to work with children less fortunate. Today there are six camps in total, five in Canada and one in the United States. More than 9,000 children are guests of the Foundation at no charge, and their stay is supported primarily by the Tim Horton store owners.

In 1989, Mr. Joyce was honored for his success in the foodservice industry by being made a Fellow of the Hostelry Institute. He was selected as the recipient of the Ontario Hostelry Institute Gold Award as Chain Restaurant Operator of 1992.

Mr. Joyce’s dedication and commitment to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation earned him the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award in 1991. In 1992, he also received an appointment to the Order of Canada.

In May 1993, Mr. Joyce proudly accepted an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from St. Mary’s University in Halifax. In 1994 he received the McGill University Management Achievement Award. He also holds honorary degrees from Mount Allison University, Queens University, MacMaster University, University College of Cape Breton and the University of Calgary. In November 1996, Mr. Joyce became the second person to ever receive the Canadian Franchise Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“There is so much ambiguity and clutter that seeing the forest for the trees is, in my opinion, what is to determine marketing success.”
In April 1999, he was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, and then in October of the same year, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Ontario and Canada. In November 2002, he was inducted into the Canadian Professional Sales Hall of Fame.

Although Mr. Joyce is retired, he is actively involved in his company, Jetport, an executive charter airline company based in Hamilton. He also spends a great deal of time aboard the sailing sloop Destination Fox Harb’r, christened in the fall of 2002.

Another source of pride for Mr. Joyce is Fox Harb’r Golf Resort in Wallace, Nova Scotia, which opened in 2001.

Mr. Joyce is very active in his retirement and enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is the proud father of six sons and one daughter, and he resides in Calgary, Alberta.

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Guy Laliberte

Winner 2005

Cirque du Soleil

“My marketing inspirations were Enzo Ferrari and PT Barnum. Enzo Ferrari knew exactly how to market his product. His philosophy to make one less car than was on demand served him well!”

“PT Barnum created marketing in my eyes. When Barnum and Bailey was in town, you knew about it! An elephant would block the streets and a parade of clowns riding mini-cars would stop traffic. You would know the inventor of ‘BUZZ’ was PT Barnum.”

Guy Laliberté was born in Quebec City in 1959 and raised in the small town of St. Bruno. At 18, Guy left home to hitchhike across Europe and worked as a street performer. Following his travels, when he returned to Quebec and began organizing parties and street festivals out of a youth hostel.

In 1982, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix performed at the Baie-Saint-Paul fair as part of a new troupe of young acrobats who juggled, played the accordion and spat fire while perched on stilts. Two years later, Laliberté and another early collaborator, Daniel Gauthier, Gauthier were contracted to entertain at the 450th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s arrival in the New World. The first production was staged in Gaspé, and then visited 12 other cities in the province. They called their troupe Cirque du Soleil.

Over the next seven years, Cirque du Soleil toured across Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan, creating a sensation wherever they toured. In 1992, Cirque signed a 10-year contract, since extended and added to, with Mirage Group in Las Vegas at the Treasure Island Hotel. Cirque du Soleil has since established three other permanent installations in that town.

“When we first set up the Fête Forraine in Baie-St-Paul, I knew we had something unique. When we first presented Cirque du Soleil in LA and the public reacted the way it did, I knew we were going to last…”

Over 50 million people worldwide have seen Cirque du Soleil perform. In 2004 alone, more than 7 million people saw Cirque du Soleil perform. Cirque employs more than 3,000 people, and had revenues of $650 million in 2004.

“Trust your instinct, then validate with research. Not the other way around. Don’t use research to define what you should think!”
Guy Laliberté received the Ordre National du Québec, the highest distinction awarded by the Government of Quebec, in 1997 In 2001, he was named a Great Montrealer by the Académe des Grands Montréalais and in 2003, he was honoured by the Condé Nast group as part of the Never Follow Program, a tribute to creators and innovators. He has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 100 influencers in the world. In November 2004, Guy received the Order of Canada.

“I do believe we foster creativity in Quebec and in Canada. I think that we are being recognized as an amazing group of talent throughout the world. I think we need to persevere in accomplishing creative ideas…”

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Dave Nichol

Winner 2005

Dave Nichol & Associates

“Marketing is the art of meaningful sustainable differentiation. Giving away Tide at half price is meaningful but not sustainable. What is the ideal marketing strategy? One that is compellingly attractive to your customers yet is one that your competitor is unable or unwilling to replicate.”

Dave Nichol has been credited with many things during his career. The simplest assessment is that he has changed the retail landscape forever and has done so in a sustainable and meaningful way. A lifelong passion for food has translated into fundamental evolutions in the choices and quality of food products available to Canadian households.

From 1985 to the end of 1993, Dave Nichol was president of Loblaw international merchants, the product development arm of Loblaw Companies Limited. With total North American sales of over $9 billion Canadian, Loblaw is the largest retailer and wholesaler of grocery products in Canada.

From 1975 to 1985, as president of Loblaws supermarkets, Dave Nichol was the driving force behind “no name” generic products, the “president’s choice” superior quality product program as well as a nutritious line of healthy products called “too good to be true” and an environmentally friendly line of president’s choice “green” products. Today, Loblaw has North America’s most successful retailer-branded program.

“Retailing is an absolutely fascinating profession. Retailing is really a game. You change the store and you write the ad, and the consumer will tell you automatically how they feel.”

It should be noted that along with his mentor, Galen Weston, Nichol was part of an original Loblaw team which included Richard Currie, the late Brian Davidson and designer Don Watt. This executive group is largely responsible for the strategies and tactics that built a business which now dominates the Canadian food retailing industry, is the envy of food marketers around the world and is considered one of the greatest business success stories in Canadian history. From a pure bottom line perspective, the programs that Mr. Nichol set in motion have resulted in a single stunning fact, Four thousand dollars invested in Loblaw Companies common stock in 1977, with dividends reinvested is worth well over a million dollars today.

The huge success of president’s choice products is best represented by such products as “the decadent chocolate chip cookie” which is only available in 17% of Canadian supermarkets, yet is Canada’s best selling cookie. With over 1,000 unique president’s choice products, Loblaws has 48% of its unit sales in its own brands.

“…be customer obsessed. Walmart, for example, automatically does cost deductions for customers. And be product obsessed.”
From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Nichol was C.E.O. of Destination Products International, a subsidiary of Cott Corporation (the world’s largest supplier of retailer-controlled soft drinks), where he developed a line of unique premium food products that were offered to food retailers around the world under each retailer’s own brand name.

Mr. Nichol was born in Chatham, Ontario in 1940. He holds a degree in business administration from the University Of Western Ontario as well as a law degree from the University of British Columbia and a post-graduate degree from the Harvard law school. Prior to his joining the Loblaw group in 1972, Mr. Nichol worked with Mckinsey and Company, Inc., an international firm of business consultants.
Currently as C.E.O. of his new consulting firm, Dave Nichol & associates, he creates unique products that are sold under his own name or names controlled by his clients. In this capacity, he works with companies who are totally committed to “brand” themselves through unique products under their own brand name.

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Michael Budman and Don Green

Winner 2005

ROOTS Canada

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Michael Budman and Don Green first met in 1963 at Camp Tamakwa in Ontario. After graduating from Michigan State University, both Budman and Green took up permanent residence in Canada in 1969. Inspired by their teenage summer-camp experiences in Ontario’s Algonquin Park, they created a business that celebrates the natural beauty and culture of Canada.
Established in Toronto in 1973, ROOTS is Canada’s leading lifestyle brand, selling a wide range of clothing, leather goods and accessories for men and women of all ages.

Starting as a single store with a single product (the ROOTS Negative Heel Shoe), ROOTS grew by establishing other signature products, including leather jackets and bags, the ROOTS awards jacket, the ROOTS Beaver Athletic sweatshirt (a cultural phenomenon in 1985), the Tuff Boot and the leather club chair.

To expand its range of offerings, the privately held company has developed relationships with more than 20 licensees, producing shoes, underwear, fashion accessories, fragrances, watches, luggage, linens, home furnishings and more.
ROOTS has created a unique Canadian cachet by nurturing connections with high-profile entertainment and sports celebrities, and by customizing products for thousands of films, television shows, musical groups and sports teams.

The company has always emphasized an athletic lifestyle and a strong team spirit. This creates a natural fit with the Olympic Games – bringing together the best athletes with the best apparel brand. In 1998, ROOTS outfitted the Canadian snowboard team, gaining worldwide recognition for exceptional designs. Over subsequent summer and winter games, the company has developed relationships with additional teams. In 2004, the company dressed four countries – Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Barbados – with hopes for more in the future.

ROOTS products are available through 225 branded stores, including 140 in Canada, 5 in the United States, 12 in Taiwan and 68 in Korea. ROOTS products are also sold by independent retailers and department stores around the world.

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