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Junior Achievement of British Columbia Inducts Three Business Leaders and Ten Pioneer Leaders into Hall of Fame

Photo: Laureate inductee Jefferson Mooney; Gala Co-Chair Barbara Brink; Laureate inductees Peter Bentley and Brandt C. Louie

Vancouver, British Columbia – May 21, 2015 – Over 700 BC business leaders and their guests gathered at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Wednesday May 20th for the induction of the province’s three newest business laureates into the Business Hall of Fame. Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) has been proudly hosting this event since its inception in 2006. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies, and to commemorate this milestone, an additional ten pioneer Laureates were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The event was co-sponsored by Scotiabank and Fasken Martineau, and emceed by Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC News.

JABC was pleased to welcome special guest, the Honourable Judith Guichon, O.B.C., Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia to this year’s event. We were also pleased to welcome the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, who delivered the keynote address.

JABC created the Hall of Fame in 2006 to recognize BC citizens who have shown a vision unique amongst their peers, provided leadership to motivate others to achieve their goals, demonstrated integrity throughout their lives, and built a legacy in the province that will enrich all those who follow. The laureates honoured each year will act as mentors and heroes to BC’s enterprising youth. Prerequisites for induction include outstanding business achievements, enduring contributions to the province and country, as well as deep commitments to diverse and niche communities. This year’s inductees join 47 other laureates in the Hall of Fame.

The three members inducted into the Hall of Fame this year are:

  • Peter Bentley, Chairman Emeritus, Canfor Corporation
  • Brandt C. Louie,President, CEO and Chairman, London Drugs Limited
  • Jefferson Mooney,Chairman, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.
 The ten pioneer Laureates inducted into the Hall of Fame this year are:
  • Nathaniel (Nat) Ryal Bailey, Founder and President, White Spot Limited
  • Henry Ogle BellIrving, Founder, AngloBritish Columbia Packing Co. Ltd.
  • Jennie Butchart, Creater, Butchart Gardens
  • Earl B. Finning, Founder, Finning Tractor & Equipment Company Ltd.
  • Hok Yat Louie, Founder and President, H.Y. Louie Company Limited
  • David Oppenheimer, Founder (and former Mayor), The Oppenheimer Group
  • John Prentice, Chairman, Canfor Corporation
  • Benjamin Tingley Rogers, Founder, BC Sugar/Rogers Sugar
  • Dick (Percy Ritchie) Sandwell, Founder and First President, Sandwell Engineering
  • Howard Allan Simons, Founder and President, H.A. Simons Ltd.
“We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame Gala along with the 60th anniversary of Junior Achievement of BC,” says Jan Bell-Irving, President and CEO, JABC. “We are delighted to honour the Laureates who leave behind a legacy that inspires future generations of business leaders and entrepreneurs, and we remember the pioneer laureates who made significant contributions to the society and foundations of BC.”

The laureate nomination process was guided by Pinton Forrest & Madden, and the final Laureate selection was made by an independent committee consisted of Beverley Briscoe, Jock Finalyson, Dr. Norman B. Keevil, Dave Lede and George Melville.

The four winners of this year’s JABC Student Award for Oratory and Presentation skills – Angela Ngo, Nabeel Sohail, Samantha Wu and Loretta Yang – each delivered speeches on how JABC has made an impact on their lives. The student team from Vernon Secondary School, Vernon, who won the Second Annual JABC Innovation Jam competition, was also honoured at the event.

JABC is grateful to the event Co-Chairs, Barbara Brink, C.M., O.B.C., and Jim Shepard for their valuable guidance and leadership of the Hall of Fame Cabinet as well as their dedication to the mandate of the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame.

About the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame

The Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame is an initiative created by Junior Achievement of British Columbia in 2005 to honour BC business leaders who have made outstanding contributions to our province and country. The Hall of Fame stands as a testament to the positive legacy the Laureates provide to the youth of British Columbia. Each year, new Laureates are formally welcomed into the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame at the Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies. They are nominated by their peers and chosen by an independent selection committee representing BC’s foremost business, academic, and media institutions.

About Junior Achievement of British Columbia

Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on Junior Achievement (JA) to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an everchanging global economy. This year over 32,000 students in BC will benefit from JA programs delivered by volunteers from local business communities, who bring real-life experience into the classroom.

JA programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

For more information, please contact:

Annie Ko
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Junior Achievement of British Columbia
Direct: 6046-883-887 ext. 231

Gala Supplement in The Vancouver Sun – May 20, 2015

Gala Thank-You and Photos in The Vancouver Sun – May 26, 2015



About the 2015 Inductees

Peter Bentley, O.C., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon)
Chairman Emeritus
Canfor Corporation

Peter Bentley has been an industrial leader in British Columbia and a Canadian spokesperson for our world renowned forest industry. He always understood the importance of community in the forest industry. The safety of his employees was always his number one priority.

Mr. Bentley led Canfor as CEO from 1975-1995 and continues to serve as a director. Canfor is not only one of BC’s largest homegrown enterprises, but it is also one of its most formative as the forest industry built many of the communities and much of the infrastructure across this vast province. His long tenure at the helm of one of the most significant contributors to the BC economy has made an indelible impact on the prosperity of the province and has touched the lives of tens of thousands of people who build their lives around a career at Canfor.

Mr. Bentley served as Chancellor at the University of Northern British Columbia from 2004 to 2007. He received honourary Doctor of Law degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia. Simon Fraser University recognized Mr. Bentley with a Distinguished Community Leadership Award in 2007. He served on a number of major company boards including Shell, Bank of Montreal and the International Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase. He is the Founder and Chairman of SierraSil Health, a proprietary mineral that aligns with his safety focus.

Mr. Bentley’s involvement in community organizations reflects his personal commitment to building a better society. Mr. Bentley is a member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, having won the WAC Bennett Award, and a past Chair. He founded the VGH Hospital Foundation in 1980 which later merged to become the VGH/UBC Hospital Foundation – this year they passed the half billion mark in contributions. He is a past Chair of the BC Business Council and served for 14 years on the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and continues to serve on the Board of CIFAR, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Those who have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Bentley will attest that his influence is both powerful and personal. He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1983 and received the Order of British Columbia in 2014.
Brandt C. Louie, O.B.C., C.B.H.F., LL.D., F.C.A., C.A., C.P.A.
President, CEO and Chairman
London Drugs Limited

Dr. Brandt Louie is one of Canada’s most respected entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Under his stewardship, London Drugs has become one of Canada’s most trusted retail brands, and a leading contributor to environmental and social causes.

Dr. Louie practiced as a chartered accountant until joining the family business in 1972. Since then, he has applied his acute financial mind and entrepreneurial energy to growing H.Y. Louie Group on a foundation of respect, hard work and community service. He was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of London Drugs in 1998 and again in 2014.

A visionary business leader, Dr. Louie advises North America’s most prominent corporations and public institutions. He serves in organizations such as the Vancouver Board of Trade/World Trade Centre, and the BC Business Council, the Hostorica Foundation of Canada, the Food Marketing Institute, and the Gairdner Foundation, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Chair of the Board of Directors — Grosvenor Americas, member of the Board of Visitors — Duke University Medical Center and the Dean’s Council, John F. Kennedy School of Government. As of 2013, he is a member of the Canadian Judicial Council, Chairman’s Advisory Group, and is an advisor for the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Dr. Louie has been honoured with several awards, including: Entrepreneur of the Year, the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II, the Simon Fraser University Business Impact Award, the C.H.I.L.D (Children with Intestinal and Liver Disorders) Foundation’s Great Canadian Achievement Award, the Golden Pencil Award, and the Cornucopia Lifetime Achievement Award CCGD.

Dr. Louie is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. In 2005, he was conferred with an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree by Simon Fraser University. He served as Chancellor of that institution for six years. In 2009, Dr. Louie was awarded the Order of British Columbia and in 2011 he received the Rix Award for Engaged Community Citizenship for his ongoing community involvement. In 2012, he was made a Companion to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame along with Tong Louie, who was inducted posthumously. In 2013 he received the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal; the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, 2013 and the T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s Award 2013, of the Fraser Institute.
Jefferson Mooney
A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.

Jefferson Mooney is Chairman and controlling shareholder of A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. He led the company as President and CEO for fourteen years from 1991 to 2005.

Mr. Mooney is an alumnus of both the University of Saskatchewan and Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He was chosen one of the Top 100 Graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences in the first 100 years of the University of Saskatchewan.

In November 1992, Mr. Mooney became the first recipient of the Henry Singer Award for Exceptional Leadership, granted by the Faculty of Business of the University of Alberta. In 1994, the Sales and Marketing Executives of Vancouver selected him as Marketing Executive of the Year. In 2003, Mr. Mooney was a recipient of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee Medal. In May 2006, he was inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.

As well as being the past Chairman of the Business Council of British Columbia, he is also past Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization, BC Chapter, and a member of the Chief Executives’ Organization and World Presidents’ Organization. He served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

In 2007, Mr. Mooney and a partner acquired the Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Team that plays at historic Nat Bailey Stadium. The team was honoured in 2013 as the first Canadian team to receive the John H. Johnson Award as the finest franchise in all of Minor League Baseball. As well, the Canadians were Vancouver’s first professional team to win three consecutive Championships, in over 100 years.

Today, A&W is a strategy driven organization that has grown to over 834 restaurants across Canada. Mr. Mooney led the Company through eight strategic transitions including a management buyout of the business in 1995 and the creation of an innovative Revenue Royalty Income Trust in 2002. A&W has been recognized as one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada for the past ten consecutive years and in 2008, was honoured to become an official member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Platinum Club.
All members of the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame

  • Michael Audain, O.C., O.B.C., LL.D.
  • Nathaniel (Nat) Ryal Bailey
  • Irving (Ike) Barber, O.C., O.B.C.
  • Henry Ogle BellIrving
  • Charles Bentall
  • L.L.G. (Poldi) Bentley
  • Peter Bentley, O.C., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon)
  • David Black, LL.D. (Hon)
  • Dick Bradshaw
  • Peter M. Brown, O.B.C., C.B.H.F., LL.D.
  • Jennie Butchart
  • Alex A. Campbell, O.B.C., LL.D.
  • Brian A. Canfield, C.M., O.B.C., D.Tech. (Hon)
  • Hon. John V. Clyne, C.C.
  • Jack Diamond, C.C., O.B.C., LL.D.
  • William Farrell
  • Earl B. Finning
  • Thomas James Foord, O.B.C.
  • Frank A. Griffiths, F.C.A.
  • Bob Hager
  • Chester A. Johnson, C.M., O.B.C., B.Comm, F.C.A.
  • Lucille Johnstone, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D., C.G.A.
  • Dr. Norman B. Keevil, O.C., Ph.D., F.G.S.A.
  • Dr. Norman B. Keevil, O.C., O.B.C., Ph.D., C.B.H.F., LL.D. (Hon.), P.Eng.
  • Henry Holman (Hank) Ketcham III, O.B.C.
  • Henry Holman (Pete) Ketcham Jr.
  • Samuel Kendall (Sam) Ketcham
  • William Peters (Bill) Ketcham
  • Hassan Khosrowshahi, O.B.C.
  • Leon J. Koerner, LL.D.
  • Dave Lede, B.Comm., LL.D. (Hon)
  • Robert (Bob) H. Lee, C.M., O.B.C., B.Comm., LL.D.
  • Brandt C. Louie, O.B.C., C.B.H.F., LL.D., F.C.A., C.A., C.P.A.
  • Hok Yat Louie
  • Tong Louie, C.M., O.B.C., B.S.A., LL.D.
  • John S. MacDonald, O.C. Ph.D., F.C.A.E., P.Eng.
  • H.R. MacMillan, C.C.
  • G. W. Grant McConachie
  • Wendy B. McDonald, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D., D.Tech.
  • George Melville, CPA, F.C.A., LL.D.
  • William M. Mercer, B.Comm.
  • Jefferson Mooney
  • Dr. Rudy North, C.M., O.B.C., B.Comm., LL.D.
  • David Oppenheimer
  • Jim Pattison, O.C., O.B.C., C.B.H.F.
  • Art Phillips
  • John (Jack) W. Poole, O.C., O.B.C., B.Sc.
  • John Prentice
  • Dave Ritchie
  • Dr. Donald B. Rix, C.M., O.B.C., M.D., D.Sc.(Hon.), F.R.C.P.C., LL.D.
  • Benjamin Tingley Rogers
  • Dick (Percy Ritchie) Sandwell
  • William (Bill) L. Sauder, O.C., O.B.C., B.Comm., LL.D.
  • Joseph Segal, C.M., O.B.C., C.B.H.F., O.ST.J., LL.D. (Hon)
  • Howard Allan Simons
  • David W. Spencer
  • Dr. Ken Spencer, Ph.D., LL.D.
  • Jim Treliving
  • Milton K. Wong, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D
  • Charles Woodward