Lifetime Achievement Alumni 2000 Ed Werner

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!


Ed Werner, along with his three partners, Scott Abbott, Chris Haney, and John Haney, brought the board game, Trivial Pursuit, to the world. Ed, a lawyer by profession, was the founding President and Chairman of the Board of Horn Abbott Ltd., the company they formed to direct the business of their product.

Under the guidance of Ed Werner, the company grew from a group with an idea for a game about trivia to a group that owned a multimillion-dollar product: Trivial Pursuit. Ed directed the business aspects of the project which included raising start-up capital, property protection, supplier contracts, production, accounting, marketing, and, ultimately, the negotiation of the largest royalty contract in the history of the board game industry.

It was his tenacity that prompted his partners to nickname him “the Doberman”. The game is now an international icon produced worldwide in 19 languages and 33 countries.

Ed was raised in St. Catharines where he participated in football, rowing, and hockey. The latter led to a scholarship at Colgate University where he graduated cum laude. After a year of playing professional hockey in Austria, Ed attended law school at the University of Western Ontario. He then returned to St. Catharines to join the law firm of Chown, Cairns where he specialized in corporate and labour law. In addition to practicing law, Ed was elected to and served on the Lincoln County Board of Education, and taught at the Business Departments of both Brock University and Niagara College.

The opportunities brought by Trivial Pursuit have allowed Ed to diversify his entrepreneurial interests into a multitude of areas including hotels, restaurants, rental properties, land development, and the wine industry.

Ever mindful of Trivial Pursuit’s humble beginnings, he has also helped numerous fledgling entrepreneurs with start- up capital and advice He has given back to the community by serving with and supporting the Business Education Council, the Niagara Enterprise Agency, LACAC, Friends of the Harbour, Brock University Hockey, and Niagara Falls Minor Hockey. Ed’s business and community involvement has been recognized with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Award, induction into the Canadian Toy Industry Hall of Fame, and the Ontario Heritage Foundation Community Recognition Award.

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.