Lifetime Achievement Alumni 2016 Jack Vanderlaan

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!


The people closest to Jack describe him as a humble visionary entrepreneur known for empowering his team, quietly supporting his community, and for his inspiring leadership as exemplified by his signature line, “Are we having fun yet?” Arriving to Canada from the Netherlands in the 1950s, the Vanderlaan family entered into the poultry business through their family farm. Then known as Port Colborne Poultry, the business focused on providing fresh chickens door-to-door, and at markets. The company evolved based on customer needs, and in 1966, they built their first processing plant with supply coming from local independent growers.

In the early 1970s, Jack and his brother Art bought the business from their parents. Capitalizing on the popularity of the chicken wing, along with other trends and tastes, Port Colborne Poultry acquired an interest in Pinty’s Premium Foods in the late 1990s. The deal was rooted in company business niches and complementary family values.

A few years later the families merged the two companies and began operations under its current name, Pinty’s Delicious Foods Inc. With Jack at the helm, Pinty’s has become the largest chicken wing producer in Canada, employing over 450 people with three processing plants across Ontario, a head office, and sales people throughout the country.

Today, the Pinty’s name is associated with large-scale events like the Grey Cup, Nascar, and anywhere else chicken wings are sold. Representing premium quality and fresh taste, Jack Vanderlaan and Pinty’s has succeeded in putting the fun into eating.

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.