SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

SOURCE: Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Calgary Chamber of Commerce

April 13, 2015 10:30 ET

Respected business leader honoured for ethical leadership

2015 Distinguished Business Leader Award goes to Ron Mannix, Founder and Director, Coril Holdings Ltd.

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 13, 2015) - Ron Mannix will be honoured for his devotion to ethical leadership and commitment to improving Canadians' lives as the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Business Leader Award, the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary announced today in partnership with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

A respected Calgarian and one of Canada's best known business icons, Mannix is the founder and director of Calgary-based Coril Holdings Ltd., and an active, generous philanthropist.

"The Distinguished Business Leader Award considers the candidate's demonstration of ethical leadership at four levels: individual, corporate, industry and community. Mr. Mannix exemplifies the qualities sought at each level," said Dean Jim Dewald, Haskayne School of Business. "Known as a superb corporate business leader, Ron Mannix has also led a myriad of charitable initiatives. For the past 40 years, his community leadership has focused largely on health and social support, and more recently he has been a key contributor to the National Music Centre Foundation."

The Mannix family businesses have been active and thriving for 116 years. Hard work, integrity and focused teamwork are at the core of this enduring success. Not one to take much credit for his work, Mannix is quick to emphasize that precious little would be possible without the other exceptional people he has always surrounded himself with.

"First, I am very honoured to receive this award, but in fact, I only receive it on behalf of the many, many people that have contributed to the success of our family business. I am extremely fortunate to have had a number of very good mentors. I had superb directors and advisers to work with. I had excellent management teams who, in fact, did the real work and, in many cases, provided real vision and understanding of the industries we are in. This award is very much about ethics and the responsibilities that business leadership presents." 

Attracting and retaining excellent people is a clear sign of success, especially in Alberta where competitive opportunities abound. When asked for advice on how to retain talent, Mannix shared a number of tips. "First, challenge people, give them great goals and objectives to work towards. Next, train people with the skills needed to achieve those goals; then, empower them. Finally, reward and recognize these people and share your success. People must feel part of a team and believe that they are going to share in the rewards of their efforts for them to be with you longer term and continue to build the organization and work towards your goals."

When asked about his secrets to success, without hesitation, Mannix advises us to know ourselves, find our passion in life, and build a vision around it.

"There is nothing more important than to try to get to the very core of your being -- discover what makes you tick. If you can find that passion then your pension will follow. Life is about change, choice, connection and compassion. On top of that, all of life is about data, information, knowledge, wisdom and spirituality.

"My vision of success is building and perpetuating the family business. It is contributing and adding value to other people's lives and philanthropic endeavours, and it is about helping make families' and co-workers' lives better."

"Ron Mannix's commitment to ethical, community-building leadership is the very essence of what the Distinguished Business Leader Award recognizes," says Calgary Chamber President and CEO Adam Legge. "Through his work and vision he has helped build a stronger Calgary and Alberta, while remaining committed to unshakable corporate values in the leadership of his many endeavours. The Calgary Chamber is proud to count Mr. Mannix among the incredible group of leaders who are past recipients of this award."

Since 1993, the Distinguished Business Leader Award has recognized outstanding leaders in the Calgary business community, honouring those whose exceptional demonstration of vision, leadership, sound business sense and commitment to the community has marked them as role models for future generations of business leaders.

Proceeds from ticket sales are endowed in a scholarship fund for future Haskayne School of Business undergraduate students who reflect Mr. Mannix's commitment to ethical leadership. The event also supports the Emerging Entrepreneur scholarship through the Calgary Chamber to support those who take their ideas and dreams to the next level as entrepreneurs.

Mannix will be receiving the Distinguished Business Leader Award on June 18, 2015 at the Westin Calgary.

For more information about the Distinguished Business Leader Award and to view past recipients, please visit

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

About the Haskayne School of Business
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