Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a bestowed award and considered the preeminent honour awarded by the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Since 1994, 32 individuals have been inducted into NEYA’s Hall of Fame for their entrepreneurial successes spanning several decades of their lives, and for the indisputable legacy they have left on Niagara.

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To celebrate NEYA’s 25th anniversary year, the 2018/19 program is dedicated exclusively to celebrating the lifetime achievements of Niagara’s Top Entrepreneurs of the Last 25 Years, including both those we’ve honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards to date, as well as a new group of entrepreneurs who will join this prestigious group this year.

In the spring of 2018, we began the process to identify those entrepreneurs who are deserving to be named among Niagara’s Top Entrepreneurs of the Last 25 Years – individuals who embody the very spirit of entrepreneurship in Niagara and who have left their indelible mark on our community over a lifetime of entrepreneurial endeavours.

We are now accepting submissions of names of Niagara entrepreneurs to be considered for a Lifetime Achievement Award. If you know an entrepreneur who you think is deserving to receive this prestigious honour, we invite you to confidentially submit their name for consideration through July 19, 2018. Read on to learn more.


The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to enterprising leaders in our community who have significantly impacted the development of economic ventures in Niagara. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients are individuals who have spent decades of their lives shaping Niagara, building a legacy, and contributing positively to our community. They must either live or own business enterprise(s) in the Niagara Region.

NEYA defines ENTREPRENEUR as an individual who best embodies innovation, growth, business leadership, mitigated risk, creativity, execution, success, optimism, persistence, initiative, and vision.

NEYA defines LEGACY as the amount of money, property, and/or positive community impact by an entrepreneur, which has had a tangible or intangible affect on the economic growth of Niagara.

NEYA defines POSITIVE COMMUNITY IMPACT as the effect that the transformation or creation of an industry by an entrepreneur has had on the business landscape of Niagara, the reach of which has meant positive results for the people who live in the communities. These trailblazers used their innovation and resources to not only improve their communities though financial and philanthropic contribution, but to also elevate the standard for their industry.

The Process

Do you know an entrepreneur who should stand among the group of NEYA’s Lifetime Achievement Alumni and can truly be named one of Niagara’s Top Entrepreneurs of the Last 25 Years? We invite you to submit their name and information for consideration by a carefully appointed Selection Committee who adhere strictly to a process that is informed by the Guiding Principles that have been a hallmark of our organization since its inception.

Names submitted for consideration will be handled in the strictest of confidence while our committee moves them through stages of research, vetting and final selection. Not all names submitted will be selected to receive an award, and names that are not selected, will not be made public. Additionally, not all individuals selected to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award will choose to accept the honour, and we will respect their wishes.

Ultimately, the new slate of entrepreneurs selected to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award this year will be confirmed and announced in late 2018 and their honours will be bestowed upon them at our Awards Gala to be held on March 1, 2019.

Click here to submit the name of a Niagara entrepreneur to be considered for a 2018/19 Lifetime Achievement Award.