Wes Hall

Wes Hall

Wes Hall is known as The Fixer. From giant mergers and acquisitions at the top of corporate Canada, to boldly fighting systemic racism — Wes Hall makes big things happen.

As the founder of Kingsdale Advisors, Hall has earned himself the title of one of North America’s most influential power brokers.  He’s orchestrated multi billion dollar deals for Air Canada, Citigroup, Tim Hortons and Petro Canada,  and he sits at No. 16  on Maclean’s Power List, a ranking of 50 influential Canadians.

Hall is at the top of his game, recognized for his custom suits, fast cars and a bravado that he says is critical to success.  But the path to his stately home in an upscale Toronto neighbourhood wasn’t an easy one.  Born in rural Jamaica, Hall was raised by his grandmother in a tin shack...along with his 13 brothers and sisters.  He says he learned entrepreneurship by watching his grandmother work multiple jobs all his life.  That taught him with hard work...anything is possible.

He moved to Canada in his teens, and by 18 had started a string of jobs while he put himself through university - cleaner, security guard, chicken catcher - that would eventually take him to the mailroom of a law office on Bay Street.  As he worked his way up the corporate ladder, one thing was obvious: “When I go into a board room, there’s generally no one that looks like me.  I wanted to change that.”

In 2002, at the age of 34, he made that happen by founding Kingsdale.  “I was never invited into the boardroom.  So I had to create my own.  I created my own company from the ground up.  I was employee number one and I built it to become the best and the top firm in the country.”

Now that Hall has made it to the top - he is dedicated to forging a less difficult path for the next generation of Black leaders.  He recently founded Black North Initiative - enlisting major companies to remove anti-Black systemic barriers.

Hall is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading national environment and industrial services provider, and The Harbor Club hotel, one of St Lucia’s premier resorts. He’s a major investor in many industries from equipment manufacturing, to ice cream and more.

Hall lives in Toronto with his wife of 29 years, their five kids and a new puppy.

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