Lifetime Achievement Alumni 1995 The Late Roy Cairns

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!


Roy Cairns practiced law in the corporate and real estate development field for more than 40 years, and was the founder of Chown, Cairns, one of the largest law firms in St. Catharines. Together with the late Ken Fowler and the late Kerry T. Howe, he formed the Taro group, a St. Catharines-based company involved in many businesses, including land and commercial developments and the construction of homes and apartment buildings in Canada and the US.

Taro formed Home Savings and Loan Corporation and also owned several industrial companies including Taro Aggregates, a large Hamilton-based quarry in asphalt producer and landfill operation. Roy was a director and major shareholder of several corporations including Lincoln Capital, Philip Environmental, Jumbo Video and Querty Systems Inc., which owned more than 100 registered schools called Academy of Learning. Roy was also vice-president, secretary-treasurer and a major stakeholder of Landcorp Ontario Limited, a St. Catharines-based private company that developed commercial and residential properties in southern Ontario. Landcorp has completed many projects in the Niagara region including several shopping plazas, office buildings and subdivisions.

Roy was the major shareholder in Fire Monitoring of Canada, a rapidly growing St. Catharines company with a unique fire protection system for commercial and public buildings, which has been recognized by the Fire Chiefs Association of Canada as the best direct monitoring system available.

Working in partnership with Ken Fowler, Roy was active in the restaurant business, and is a major shareholder and director of SIR Cor. Roy was also the sole owner of Charlesway Corporation Limited, an investment company involved in real estate development projects in southern Ontario, Arizona, Colorado and Buffalo.

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.