Lifetime Achievement Alumni 2010 Tom Rankin

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!


As president of Rankin Construction, Tom Rankin has made significant contributions to the development of the Niagara region’s infrastructure over the past 32 years. In addition to constructing bridges, roads and waterways, Rankin has expanded his business to include handling radioactive waste and the building renewable energy projects.

Through Tom’s vision, Rankin established an impressive list of civil engineering projects in Niagara, including the expansion of the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge and repairing the 80-year old concrete walls of the Welland Canal.

Tom has not only helped build the community but has also been dedicated to giving back to the community. In 2006, Tom decided to fully support a new charity, The Rankin Cancer Run, with a mandate to raise funds for Niagara’s cancer care services. At the time of this award, the run had raised over $1 million dollars.

Tom’s entrepreneurial spirit has allowed him to expand in his field and continue to grow his company. He exemplifies how combining vision, innovation and technology can grow a company and a community.

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.