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London and District Business Hall of Fame Gala

October 22, 2020
London, ON

 

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Virtual Event  |  7:00 PM

 

 

Each year, in recognition of outstanding contributions and ethics in business, Hall of Fame Laureates are nominated and selected by respected members of the London and District business community. This year's induction will celebrate the achievements of three exceptional role models. They are distinguished entrepreneurs and business leaders who have contributed significantly to our community. 

 

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About the 2020 Laureates

 

KYLE MACDONALD is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University. In 1987, she started Phoenix Interactive Design Inc. with two employees and entered the high-stakes world of fast-moving self-service software technology. 

As the visionary and dynamic founder behind Phoenix, headquartered in London Ontario, Kyle grew her business to an international scale with offices in Mississauga ON, Charlotte NC, Edinburgh, Scotland and Sydney, Australia. After reaching global success with many of the world's largest banks as her clients, Kyle made the decision to sell Phoenix in 2015 to Diebold-Nixdorf, a large multi-national player and supplier to the banking sector. True to her entrepreneurial roots, Kyle quickly founded Harbour Grace Holdings Inc. that same year, and immediately became involved in multiple international business ventures. One such venture includes being a Strategic Investor and CEO of AIRIA Brands Inc., a leading, London-based, manufacturer of indoor ventilation and air purification systems under the well-known brand - LIFEBREATH. 

Kyle's success in business rivals her philanthropic passion. Her desire to help improve the lives of those around her at local, provincial and national levels has never been stronger. Kyle's support of several Canadian military organizations has had a positive impact on the lives of our Veterans and their families, including those who suffer with Operation Stress Injury. Kyle has always been a strong advocate for higher education. The academic scholarships she supports at her former Toronto high school, Western University and Brescia College, help alleviate the financial burden young students face when seeking their post-secondary education goals. Most recently, Kyle has been a key supporter of the David Foster Foundation. 

 

Brothers EWART AND EDWIN MCLAUGHLIN grew up on a farm north of Tillsonburg, Ontario. Their first joint business venture was the creation of "The Wedge Cheese House" in 1979 which specialized in retail food entrees. In 1984 Ewart and Edwin purchased their first industrial building. The 132,000 sq.ft. facility is located at 273 Ingersoll Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario and was the former Firestone Textiles plant. 

Today between Ed and Ewart personally, E&E McLaughlin Ltd., and other partnerships, the brothers have grown an extensive warehousing and leasing business consisting of several million square feet under roof with various locations throughout Southwestern Ontario. The brothers are proud to be in business together with over 40 years' experience in exceeding customer expectations and creating lasting relationships. 

 

honoured laureates

 

1990

John Labatt II

Henry J. McManus

 

1991

Col Thomas F.G. Lawson

J. Allyn Taylor

 

1992

Walter J. Blackburn

William Mowbray Sifton

 

1993

Sir Adam Beck

Edwin R. Jarmain

 

1994

A.M. (Mac) Cuddy

Colonel D.B. Weldon

 

1995

Donald J. Smith

Col. J. Gordon Thompson

 

1997

Jack W. Adams

Earl H. Orser

 

1998

Merv L. Lahn

Ron Logan/ Gord Patton

 

1999

Richard G. Ivey

T. Fred Kingsmill

 

2000

Tony J. Crncich Sr. 

J. Allyn Taylor*

 

2001

Ronald C. Dawson

Norton P. Wolf

 

2002

John (Jake) H. Moore

Andrew M. Spriet

 

2003

Mitchell A. Baran

Warren R. Schram

 

2004

Cpt. Joseph Jeffery

David Patchell-Evans

 

2005

T. Brayl Copp

Peter J. Ivey

 

2006

Henry J. Jones

H.J. (Hank) Vander Laan

 

2007

Gen Alexander R. McIntosh

John C. Nash

 

2008

Gloria Dona

Dr. Geno Francolini

 

2009

Sheldon Aaron

Donald J. McDougall

 

2010

Bill Brady

Bob Siskind

 

2011

Perry Ferguson

John Strybosch

 

2012

Paul Cocker

Carol Stephenson

 

2013 

Tony Marsman

Howard Rundle

 

2014

Denis Crane/ Wayne Dunn

Terry Zavitz

 

2015

Vito Frijia

Col. James G. Thompson

 

2016

Don Crich

Paul Seed/ Ken Kalopsis

 

2017

John Drake

Mike Smith

 

2018

Bill Gray

Claude Pensa

 

2019

Jeff M. Macoun

Richard Sifton

 

 

* Laureate of the Century

 

Call for Nominations!

Do you know a distinguished business leader in London or surrounding areas who has helped share our community through their business success, entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic contributions? 

Download the Nomination Form and submit to JA South Western Ontario.

 

For more information, please contact

Denise Pelley at 519-439-4201, ext 231 or dpelley@jaswo.org

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