Join us as we a look back at our Lifetime Achievement Award alumni of the past 25 years. These outstanding individuals have truly left an indelible mark on Niagara and have inspired countless other entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in Niagara.
Over the last 24 years, NEYA has inducted 33 entrepreneurs into our Hall of Fame by bestowing them with this prestigious recognition. Click here to see a complete list of our Lifetime Achievement Alumni and join us on March 1, 2019 as we bestow a new group of deserving entrepreneurs with this honour at our 25th Anniversary Awards Gala at the Fallsview Casino Resort.
Tickets for the 25th annual Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala to be held March 1, 2019 at the Fallsview Casino Resort are now on sale. Tickets are limited, so order early!
Ken Fowler became one of Niagara region’s most successful entrepreneurs by identifying and making the most of opportunities. Successful ventures in real estate and hospitality industries early in his career evolved into a broad spectrum of additional entrepreneurial activities.
A self-described hands-on entrepreneurial investor, at the time of award, Ken was involved in approximately 35 ventures with most of his interest held by Ken Fowler Enterprises Limited, or wholly-owned subsidiaries. He relied on his ability to bring good judgement and sound advice as sufficient assets to maintain a position of influence in his business association. This tool became his capital, which was used, along with his experience, in an entrepreneurial manor to succeed in virtually every business venture he undertook.
Ken learned, however, that some ventures don’t succeed, for instance A and A Records, Chicken Chicken and Takee Outee (a Chinese fast food concept). All of which provided insightful lessons that guided him for future investments. Ken was: Chairman of Lincoln Capital Corporation, a Toronto Stock Exchange listed Investment Banker; a Director of Home Capital Group Inc., a TSE listed company whose major asset comprises Home Savings and Loan Corporation with assets in excess of $375 million; and Chairman of SIR Corp, a multi-concept restaurant company.
At the time of the award Ken had made an investment in the Queen’s Landing Hotel in Niagara on the Lake. His real estate interests included investments in land, subdivisions, office and industrial malls, shopping malls, and apartment projects in Ontario, Alberta, as well as Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Ohio. Other ventures Ken undertook included: Tourist InfoVision; Bukamaranga Bean Conpany; International Music Distribution Inc. and Tri-Part Protection Inc., a residential and commercial security company.
Ken’s other business investments included ownership positions and directorships at the Academy of Learning, a franchised computer skills school, and Jumbo Systems Inc. With partners Roy Cairns, Kerry Howe and Desmond Vaughan, Ken Fowler contributed to the funds which led to the construction of Brock University’s home for the Faculty of Business, Taro Hall. He was a trustee of Brock University and co-chaired the advisory committee of the Burgoyne Centre for entrepreneurship. In recognition of his many contributions to business and education, Ken Fowler was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Brock in 1993. He served as the Faculty of Business first ever Executive-in-Residence in 1994.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to enterprising entrepreneurs in our community who have significantly impacted the development of economic ventures in Niagara. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients are individuals who have spent several decades of their lives shaping Niagara, building a legacy, and contributing positively to our community. Save the date and join us on March 1, 2019 for NEYA’s 25th Anniversary Awards Gala.