London and District Business Hall of Fame

October 21, 2021 | Virtual Event

Save the Date! – October 21, 2021

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 two exceptional role models: Karen Fryday-Field, Managing Partner of Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting Group and Joel McLean, Founder of Info-Tech Research Group will be honoured at the 31st Annual London and District Business Hall of Fame Induction Gala Dinner, October 21st, 2021.

Established in 1990, the London and District Business Hall of Fame supports the work of JA in London and throughout Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties. 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 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 2021 London and District Business Hall of Fame Inductees will be joining 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.

Registration is now open. Please contact us with any questions and to learn how to get involved as a sponsor or volunteer.

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor

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About the 2021 Laureates

KAREN FRYDAY-FIELD, BScPT, MCPA, MBA
SENIOR CONSULTANT, MANAGING PARTNER
Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting

Karen Fryday-Field is the Managing Partner of Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting located in London, Ontario, Canada actively orientating, educating, and consulting with governing Boards and CEOs for over 18 years. She graduated with her MBA from the IVEY Business School.  

Karen Fryday-Field is a London born entrepreneur, business leader, and community builder and supporter.  She is a highly experienced facilitator and consultant. She has spoken and provided leadership development, strategic thinking, and governance consultation in Canada, the United States, England, the Middle East, and internationally.

She has been a Governance Consultant and researcher since 1993 and completed the Governance Academy Program in Atlanta, Georgia. She is dedicated to helping Boards improve their effectiveness. Several Boards Karen has coached have been recognized for their governance contribution nationally and internationally.

JOEL MCLEAN
FOUNDER
Info-Tech Research Group

 
Joel McLean founded Info-Tech Research Group to help CIOs and large organizations successfully manage complex technology projects, run successful IT departments, and lead digital transformations for their organizations.

Info-Tech’s doors opened in 1997 with a small group of employees. Today, with over 700 employees and a paid membership of over 30,000 clients worldwide, Info-Tech Research Group is one of North America’s fastest growing full-service IT analyst firms.

Info-Tech has offices in London and Toronto (at the Masonic Temple located at 888 Yonge Street), Ontario, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada, and Sydney, Australia.

As a recognized leader in the research industry, Joel is frequently invited to speak in public and private executive forums on IT issues and business entrepreneurship. Joel is a graduate of The Richard Ivey School of Business and an avid science fiction fan.

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

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