London and District Business Hall of Fame

October 24th, 2024 | RBC Place London |

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2023 London and District Business Hall of Fame Gala! It was a fantastic night at RBC Place London, honouring our newly inducted Laureates Allan Drewlo, President of Drewlo Holdings and Jill Wilcox, Owner of Jill’s Table. Enjoy some photos from the event!

Nominations are now closed for the 2024 Hall of Fame and we will be announcing our inductees soon. Make sure to SAVE THE DATE – October 24th, 2024!

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.

Established in 1990, the London and District Business Hall of Fame supports the work of JA South Western Ontario. It was created to honour respected members of the London and area business community, past and present, for their outstanding contributions to business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

This annual signature gala event showcases the lives of the Inductees allowing us to learn about their achievements and how they have developed and nurtured their legacies. The 2023 London and District Business Hall of Fame Inductees will join a distinguished list of previous Laureates whose portraits are showcased in the London and District Business Hall of Fame Gallery located in the London Public Library, downtown London.

Our 2023 Gala Raffle winners were:

  1. Toronto Getaway – Christine Wilton
  2. Jill’s Table Cooking Experience – Stephen Otto
  3. Necklace – Phillip Thuss

If you have questions about the event please contact Alicia at agall@jaswo.org

About the 2023 Laureates

ALLAN DREWLO
President of Drewlo Holdings


Born into a family with a rich tradition of legacy building, Allan Drewlo has emerged as one of Southwestern Ontario’s foremost figures in the real estate development and property management industry. 

 Allan commenced his business career with his acceptance to the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School. This provided the initial foundation for a business career that has spanned over four decades. 

 Upon graduating, Allan embarked on his real estate journey, establishing his mark in diverse areas, including land development, construction in both low- and high-rise residential markets, management of a rental portfolio of more than 10,000 apartment units, as well as business investments in various other industry sectors. His leadership as President of Drewlo Holdings has catapulted the company into the national ranks of top 10 owned and managed real estate rental companies in Canada. 

 Staying true to his father Eugen’s visions, Allan’s endeavors are focused on the creation of sustainable and enduring communities throughout Southwestern Ontario. His unwavering passion for building shines through in every project he undertakes, proving that he isn’t merely preserving a legacy but also forging one of his own. 

 Beyond the daily grind of construction challenges, countless meetings, and responding to the hundreds of daily emails and voice messages, Allan is a devoted family man. He shares his life with his cherished wife Elizabeth and takes great pride in his role as father to Mark and Tanis. 

 Leadership is an intrinsic part of Allan’s character. He demonstrated his leadership prowess during his two-year tenure as Chairperson for the Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario. Additionally, he plays a vital role as Co-founder of many companies including: The Ironstone Building Company, Riverside Concrete Forming and Shelter Asset Management. Allan’s affiliations with prominent organizations such as the London Development Institute (LDI), the London Home Builders Association (LHBA) and the London Property Management Association (LPMA) underscores his unwavering commitment to the industry. 

 However, Allan’s influence extends far beyond bricks and mortar. He is a pillar of support in the community, consistently offering his assistance to charitable organizations. Notable among his contributions are The Kidney Foundation, the London Food Bank, the Quintin Warner House at Mission Services, Habitat for Humanity, the Grand Theatre London and others. 

 Allan Drewlo’s life narrative isn’t merely about the real estate industry, it’s about passion, legacy, family and community. It is a life lived not just for himself but for the benefit of generations to come. 

JILL WILCOX
Owner of Jill’s Table

Jill Wilcox is the owner of Jill’s Table, an award-winning specialty food and kitchen store in London, Ontario.

For more than 25 years, Jill has been leading cooking classes, most recently at Jill’s Table, and for more than 40 years has been a celebrated food columnist for the London Free Press and Post Media.  Jill leads culinary tours to France, Italy and Portugal and has been the subject of numerous national magazine and newspaper articles.

Jill has been awarded London Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award in the small business category, The London Y Women of Excellence award in the Business, Trades and Profession category and PHHS  Laudable Londoner.

Jill’s Table is also a proud recipient of the Retailer of the Year Award for Housewares and Gourmet Foods, awarded by the Canadian Gift and Tablewares Association.

The Jill Wilcox Foundation was started in 2012 to grant funding to food-related and education projects that support women and children in need. Her efforts have benefited many worthy local organizations including, Investing in Children, Youth Opportunities Limited, Growing Chefs, Woodeden Easter Seals Camp, Children’s Centre, Fanshawe College and Mission Services of London. Jill is an active member in the local food movement and has volunteered her time on a number of food-related boards and committees. 

She has also been an active business leader, a past board member of the London Chamber of Commerce and a member of the organizing committee for the Business Cares Food Drive.

Jill has published six cookbooks including, Jill’s Soups Stews & Breads,  Jill’s Essentials , Jill’s Starters, Jill’s Soups, Welcome to Jill’s Table and The Creative Kitchen.

She and her husband have five children, two grandchildren and a large extended family who regularly share dinner at her large table.

More from our 2023 Sponsors

London and District Business Hall of Fame Laureates

1990

John Labbatt 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

2020

Kyle MacDonald

Ewart and Edwin McLaughlin

2021

Karen Fryday-Field

Joel McLean

2022

Tina Bax

Michelle Quintyn

2023

Allan Drewlo

Jill Wilcox

The London and District Business Hall of Fame Gallery is located in the London Public Library, downtown London.

* Laureate of the Century

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