Four leaders to be enshrined at spring gala in St. John’s on May 15
The Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame will honour four new inductees at a gala event this spring in St. John’s.
Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador (JANL) announced early Monday evening that Chris Collingwood, Fraser Edison, William “Bill” Mahoney and the late Wayne Trask will be enshrined in its hall of fame on May 15.
Gary Smith, a member of JANL’s selection committee for the hall of fame, outlined the criteria it used to determine who will be inducted.
“Individuals must demonstrate outstanding leadership and vision at the helm of their organization,” said the vice-president of engineering and operations for Newfoundland Power. “They must positively impact the economy through financial success or employment, expansion and innovation. They must influence the social well-being of the province and have a record of civil leadership.”
Based on the biographies provided Monday for the four inductees, it would seem all fall within those parameters.
Chris Collingwood is the chairman and CEO of Baine Johnston Corp., a company that specializes in property development and has roots in the province dating back to 1780. He is also the chairman and CEO of Cape Harrison Marine Group, a company that provides marine services to the offshore industry.
A board member with several Newfoundland and Labrador companies, he has also worked with several charities. He presently co-chairs the Home From The Sea campaign to build a sealers memorial in Elliston.
His father, former Baine Johnston president and CEO Henry Collingwood, was himself inducted into the hall of fame in 1993.
Edison is president and CEO of Rutter Inc., a company tasked with developing marine-based technology. He got his start as an entrepreneur by acquiring Concrete Products with partners in 1982. That company served as the foundation for ConPro Group, which helped build a gravity based structure for the Hibernia project and the Terra Nova FPSO.
Edison was also a founding member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oceans Industries Association and was president of the St. John’s Board of Trade. His involvement with Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador surpasses 30 years.
Mahoney is the president of Regal Realty Ltd. in St. John’s and Murray Premise Inc. He spent 25 years working on the expansion of cable television in Newfoundland and Labrador as the former owner of Community Cable Ltd. and Andromeda Cablevision.
Mahoney has been frequently involved in causes related to the Canadian Armed Forces. He served as a reservist for 26 years and has remained involved with military groups since retiring from the reserves in 2004. He is presently provincial chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council and is a former chair of the St. John’s Downtown Development Commission.
Trask, who died in August at the age of 65, was the CFO of Lundrigans-Comstock Ltd. in Corner Brook. He was also the part-owner and chairman of JD Holdings Inc. and the part-owner of Cambridge Estates Personal Care Home in St. John’s. Most recently, he helped start Rockmount Properties in 2010, a company that develops condominiums.
Those with an appreciation for amateur sports may best remember Trask as one of the driving forces behind Corner Brook’s successful bid to host the 1999 Canada Winter Games. That also helped secure the city a new regional civic centre, now known as the Pepsi Centre.