ICD.D, DUniv. 2021
Honorary Doctorate Recipient
Wes Hall is an established innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As executive chairman and founder of Kingsdale Advisors, he has been repeatedly named one of Canada’s most powerful people, including by the Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, Toronto Life and Maclean’s.
He is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading environmental and industrial services provider; Titan Supply, a top manufacturer and distributor of rigging and wear products serving industries in the oil and gas, construction and transportation sectors; and the Harbor Club hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, one of St. Lucia’s premier resorts.
In 2020, Wes was named to the Ontario government’s Capital Markets Modernization Task Force, an advisory group of experts tasked with reviewing and modernizing the province’s capital market regulations.
In June 2020, Wes founded the BlackNorth Initiative. BlackNorth challenges Canadian businesses to both acknowledge and end anti-Black systemic racism head on using a business-centric approach. Wes, the executive chair of BNI, and his highly esteemed team of experts are working to improve the lives of millions of Black Canadians by opening doors that otherwise would be shut. He is founder and chairman of the Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism.
Wes has become the face of hope and opportunity for millions of people who look just like him. You can find him on the upcoming 16th season of CBC’s Dragons Den. The first Black Canadian Dragon, he’ll make an impact and conscious effort to award opportunities to up and coming BIPOC entrepreneurs.
Wes is also known for his generosity, leveraging his business success to benefit others through several charitable initiatives. Wes also serves as a board member for the SickKids Foundation, Pathways to Education, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Black Academy and is a member of the board of governors of Huron University. He has changed the lives of thousands of children in the Caribbean and Canada, donating both his money and time.
Wes received the International Association of Business Communicators’ (Toronto) 2020 Communicator of the Year Award, and has received an honorary doctorate (2017) as well as the Vice Chancellor’s Award (2015) from the University of the West Indies.