London and District Business Hall of Fame

October 20, 2022 | RBC Place London

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 2022 London and District Business Hall of Fame Inductees 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 2022 Inductees Tina Bax and Michelle Quintyn were announced on July 7th.

About the 2022 Laureates

TINA BAX
Founder and Former President of CultureWorks ESL and Founder of Canada Immigration Pathway

Tina Bax is the Founder and Former President of CultureWorks ESL, and Founder of Canada Immigration Pathway.  Founded in 1998, CultureWorks English as a Second Language was the first of its kind public-private partnership in Canada, graduating thousands of students to colleges and universities across Canada. CultureWorks gave 10% of its net back to the London area each year in scholarships and community sponsorships. Tina pioneered the transition from an on-campus bricks-and-mortar school to a multi-university approved virtual classroom, well before the global pandemic.

Tina is a former Director of the Board of the London Y, a volunteer for the Pioneer Park Association, and a member of the breakfast team at Ronald McDonald House. She has received various awards including Business of the Year for CultureWorks, and a Women of Excellence Award for Entrepreneurship.

Tina sold the majority stake in CultureWorks in 2021, after increasing revenue tenfold. She now works with immigrant entrepreneurs to Canada, pairing them with best-fit investors and helping them launch their own businesses in Canada. Her philanthropic work continues as a founding Board Member of the Huron Community Fund.

MICHELLE QUINTYN
President and CEO, Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes
 

Michelle is President and CEO, Ontario Great Lakes, Goodwill Industries. She is a leader in building social enterprise, inclusive economies, and community development. As CEO, she has steered Goodwill Industries, serving across Ontario, to a $59 million enterprise with 1,200 employees who train and work on several platforms including thrift/recycling, food and hospitality, light manufacturing, power industrial sewing, and commercial/industrial contracts.


Michelle helped create and launch Edgar and Joe’s Café, Goodwill Commercial Solutions, and an emerging social enterprise collaboration called WORTH – a fully circular, re-manufactured product line comprised of post consumer textiles heading to waste. Employing and training many people who face barriers, Goodwill has propelled tens of thousands of individuals to work and prosperity.

Michelle has received many awards including the YMCA Woman of Excellence for Business and Professions, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award for Environmental Leadership to name a few.  

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

Ricahrd 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

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

* Laureate of the Century

I’m going to use this information I learned today to help me make my overall decision on what career option I want to pursue. I’m also using this information to improve on how I present myself to potential employers and others.

– JA Student