2013 Champions

2013 Honourees

Lifetime Achievement Award
James K. Irving, O.C., O.N.B.

J.D. Irving Limited

James K. Irving shares the ownership the Irving Group of Companies, J.D. Irving Limited, the conglomerate with interests in forestry, paper, craft, tissue, wallboard, building supplies, frozen food, transportation, shipping lines, and shipbuilding.
​Aditya Jha, O.C.
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

​Aditya Jha is a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and community activist. His wide-ranging entrepreneurial pursuits have included software, chocolate manufacturing, fast food, fine dining and real estate across Canada, India, USA, Switzerland, Thailand and Nepal. One of his many ventures was co-founding a software company, Isopia Inc., which was acquired by Sun Microsystems in a multimillion dollar deal. Mr. Jha credits his success to a first-class public education system and the opportunities provided to him through philanthropy. He believes that all individuals have an obligation to invest in Canada’s social capital and that philanthropy is the basis of economic prosperity in this country. In 2001, he created endowments at Ryerson University, York University, Trent University and George Brown College, which grant 13 bursary awards in perpetuity. That same year, he established the POA Educational Foundation that supports projects including the Pathways to Education program for the innercity children in Toronto; the Share the Music program at Roy Thomson Hall for Aboriginal youth; the Canadian Youth Ballet Ensemble to build a ballet school in Havana; Nepal Library Foundation for establishing libraries in remote villages and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, among many others.

Mr. Jha takes special interest in nurturing prosperity and financial independence amongst First Nations communities. One such initiative is Project Beyshick, where he works closely with the Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation to support young First Nations entrepreneurs. He has received many awards and honours, including the Order of Canada, a Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He also has an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Ryerson University.
Gerry Pond O.N.B.
Mariner Partners Inc.

​​John Stackhouse
​The Globe and Mail

John Stackhouse has been Editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail since 2009, and is responsible for all its digital, multimedia, magazine and newspaper journalism. Before moving into his current position, Mr. Stackhouse was the Editor of Report on Business, from 2004 to 2009, overseeing the Globe’s business newsroom, as well as launching two new websites, ReportonBusiness.com and GlobeInvestor.com. He was previously the newspaper’s national editor, foreign editor, correspondent at large and, for seven years, from 1992 to 1999, was the development issues correspondent based in New Delhi. Mr. Stackhouse has worked for Report on Business Magazine, the Financial Times, London Free Press and The Toronto Star. He has won five national newspaper awards, a national magazine award and an Amnesty International Award for human rights reporting. He was educated at Queen’s University and lives in Toronto.
Rick Waugh, O.C.
Chief Executive Officer

Rick Waugh, Scotiabank’s Chief Executive Officer, deeply believes in the importance of education. He is strongly committed to supporting educational causes and to increasing access to learning opportunities. In addition to driving Scotiabank’s support for a wide range of education-related causes, he has made generous personal contributions. Since 2004, Rick has personally funded a scholarship for children of Scotiabank employees globally to study at his alma mater, the I.M. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. As well, he supports York University, where he received his Master of Business Administration degree, as well as educational charities in India and Guatemala. Rick also serves on the Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business at York University and the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. He had a longstanding affiliation with the Miller Thomson Foundation National Scholarship Programme, which supports students who combine high academic achievement with extraordinary community service. 

In 2011, Rick received the International Award from the US-based Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, which encourages young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. Since then, Rick has support the expansion of the association’s scholarship program into Canada. “A solid education was an important factor in my success,” he acknowledged in accepting the award. "We have an exceptional education system in Canada and I believe that scholarships could give determined young people access to the tools they need both to succeed and to contribute to our society.”