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From Steve Jobs to Donald Trump, find out who the business heroes are of our Fast Growth 50 leaders

Some names on the list might surprise you

Jan 9, 2012

Harley Hotchkiss

Former businessman and Calgary Flames owner

“Our criteria for ‘hero’ included someone who took a broad view of his or her community beyond the pursuit of profit. This person obviously needed to be a successful business person but one who acted with a high degree of ethics at all times while building that business, and someone who gave back to the community and the people he or she worked with throughout their career.”
– Greg Clark, principal, C3 Associates

Steve Jobs

Founder and former CEO, Apple

“He was creative, innovative and inspiring – a true visionary who was able to turn Apple into the market leader. He was likable and charismatic.”
– Tasso Chondronikolis, president, CoreTech Staffing

Seconding the Motion
Nathan Baldry, owner and managing partner, Liberty Security Systems
Kelly Candy, president, 3C InformationSolutions

Warren Buffet

Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

“He is widely regarded as a shrewd businessman and one of the most successful investors in the world. And yet, despite his immense wealth, he is known for his personal frugality. That speaks volumes about who he is and his personal, subdued style. He is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 per cent of his fortune to philanthropic causes. At age 81, he’s still going strong and is as sharp-minded as ever.”

– Gregg Saretsky, president and CEO, WestJet

Seconding the Motion
Nicholas Donohoe, president and CEO, ICI Artificial
Russell Keddie, owner and managing partner, Liberty Security Systems

Evel Knievel


“No matter what obstacles he faced or how many times he crashed and burned, he kept going until he couldn’t.”

– Sheila Stang, operations manager,
Airworks Compressors

Sir Richard Branson

Chairman, Virgin Group

“His business instincts and ability to diversify, along with a refusal to be beaten, will be the subjects of case studies for a long time to come.”
– Nik Grgic, president, FourQuest Energy

Seconding the Motion
Scott Roddick, president, Pure Global Imports
Jules Tough, CEO, Rocky Mountain Soap

Howard Hughes

Former chairman, Hughes Aircraft

“Howard Hughes is a company hero because he is a risk taker and an innovative entrepreneur that has truly changed the world for the better. By him being not afraid to take risks, being a perfectionist and trying new things, we all benefited in the end.” ‘

– Brent Moore,
CEO, CAN Telematics

Donald Trump

Chairman and president, the Trump Organization

“He’s had many ups and downs in his career but always manages to come back.”

– Roy Almog,
president and owner, 2% Realty

Tony Hsieh


“For his commitment to heroic customer service.”

– Chris LaBossiere,
co-CEO, Yardstick Software

Jim Pattison

President and CEO, Jim Pattison Group

“Terrific management culture that applies across many diverse businesses. Plus, he’s a very nice guy!”
– Scott Tannas, president and CEO, Western Financial


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