The Canadian Business Hall of Fame recognizes Donald J. Smith for his
business leadership, outstanding achievements, and contributions to
MISSISSAUGA,ON, May 16, 2014 /CNW/ - On Thursday, May 15th, the Canadian
Business Hall of Fame honoured Don Smith, founder and former president
and CEO of EllisDon, as part of its 36th Class of Companion Inductees.
This year's class of companions, which also included Mr. Peter M. Brown
of Canaccord Genuity and Mr. Emanuele (Lino) Saputo of Saputo Inc.,
were formally inducted at the 2014 Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
The Order of the Business Hall of Fame was established in 1979 by Junior
Achievement of Canada to recognize business leaders for their personal
and professional accomplishments and legacy created for future
generations while upholding high standards of leadership, ethics, and
citizenship. As said by Keith Publicover, President and CEO of Junior
Achievement of Canada, "Our Inductees are leading examples of
achievement in business and in life."
Under Don Smith's management, EllisDon grew quickly to become a leader
across various sectors, building many prominent schools, malls, office
and healthcare buildings, and the world's first retractable rooftop
stadium, Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome). He was an outspoken and
influential business leader who maintained a strong commitment to
philanthropy and breaking down industry barriers.
"Don was as close to a pure entrepreneur as I have ever seen. He was
driven, optimistic and charismatic, and relentlessly honest in
everything he did. This determination extended well beyond business to
improving the lives of others who were less fortunate than he had
been. To be recognized for his efforts would have been a truly
momentous occasion for him," said Geoff Smith, President and CEO of
"It is this genuineness that enabled him to leave a lasting mark on the
industry and build such a unique company that no competitor could ever
come close to imitating."
Geoff Smith accepted the honour on behalf of Don who passed away last
EllisDon is an employee-owned company delivering construction expertise
and services to clients throughout the world. Completing in excess of
$3.1 billion in new construction annually, EllisDon employs
approximately 1,500 people and has a presence in North America, as well
as offices in the United Arab Emirates. For more information, please
SOURCE: EllisDon Corporation
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