TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - Christopher Rowland, a driven entrepreneur who
helped the U.S. government distribute temporary housing in the Gulf region in
the wake of hurricane Katrina, has won a 2007 Premier's Award for outstanding
Ontario college graduate - one of six recipients officially announced today.
Rowland, 30, is the founder and CEO of Equitrans Global Logistics of
Toronto. Under his leadership, the freight-forwarding company's revenue grew
by 907 per cent over the past three years, and is ranked tenth in Profit
magazine's top emerging growth companies in Canada for 2007.
Equitrans acts as the intermediary between companies with goods to move
and trucking companies with fleets on the road. Chris and his team - all are
under the age of 30 - work the phones and computers in the "war room" of their
Don Mills office, connecting shippers and truckers to move freight all over
North America. His firm's reputation for performance has earned him contracts
with the U.S. military.
A recent Centennial College graduate, Rowland credits his business
program for his early success. "The lessons we learned are absolutely relevant
to business today. I learned about law, marketing, selling power, accounting
and public speaking - all elements I use every day in my work."
His business model brings new levels of customer service, efficiency and
technology to what is commonly perceived as a rough and tough industry. To
fully understand the logistics business, Rowland earned his AZ truck licence
and drove a rig to cover for unreliable contractors.
He studied business administration at Centennial while he launched his
company. Rowland would share his real-life business problems with his
professors to work out solutions. Driven to succeed, he never deviated from
his goal: "I didn't want a diploma to impress an employer; I used it to be an
"We're thrilled for Christopher and are proud to have played a role in
his success and achievements," says Centennial College president Ann Buller.
"He is a shining example of the contribution college graduates are making
across the country."
The Premier's Awards recognize outstanding college graduates who have
excelled in six categories: creative arts and design, technology, health
sciences, business, community services and recent graduate. The recipients
will receive their awards at a gala celebration dinner on Feb. 11 in London,
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