E31: DONALD ZIRALDO, co-founder of inniskillin

DONALD J. P. ZIRALDO, C.M., BSc, LLD

 

  • Born in St. Catharines, Ontario on October 13, 1948 to Fredrick and Irma (Schiratti)
  • Graduated Denis Morris High School, St. Catharines, 1967
  • Received BSc in Agriculture at the University of Guelph, 1971 (BSc)
  • Honorary Degree, Humber College
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Brock University, 1994 (LLD)
  • Order of Ontario, 1993
  • Order of Canada, 1998
  • Top 25 Canadian CEOs of the Century, National Post Business Magazine, 1999
  • Honourary Citizenship (Friuli Venzia Julia), Italy
  • Author of Icewine: Extreme Winemaking, 2007
  • Pinnacle Award 2017
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, University of Guelph, 2018 (LLD)

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CORPORATE AND ORGANIZATIONAL ROLES

 

  • Director, Shaftesbury Films
  • Member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists
  • Founding Chair Vintners’ Quality Alliance 1988-1995
  • Member, Academie Internationale du Vin (AIV), 2000
  • Board of Advisors, Zerofootprint
  • Board of Directors, Genome Canada
  • Niagara United Way Co-Chair, Leadership Campaign (with Victoria Ziraldo)
  • Board of Directors, Phoneum

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AWARDS

 

  • Ontario Hostelry Institute Chairman’s Award, 1991
  • TAMA Marketer of the Year, 1993
  • Silver Ladle Award, Toronto Culinary Guild
  • Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree, Niagara College 2004
  • Winery Management Magazine; Distinguished Achievement Award, 1994
  • Outstanding Business Person of the Year, St. Catharines Ad and Sales Association, 1994
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, Institute for Enterprise Education, 1994
  • Awarded Medal of Achievement at Guelph University
  • Grindley Medal, Agricultural Institute of Canada,  1995
  • Entrepreneur of the Year for Community Contribution: Enterprise ‘95, 1995
  • Award of Merit, Ontario Grape Growers; Marketing Board, 1997
  • Special Recognition Award, The Elsie Awards, LCBO, 1997
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Enterprise ‘98, Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 1998
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Wine Institute, 1999
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Food and Beverage Excellence
  • The Sixth Annual New World of Food and Wine Festival Singapore, 2002
  • Niagara Wine Festival Royal Bank's Business Citizen of the Year, 2002
  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee Award, 2002
  • Award for Business Excellence, Canadian Italian Business Professional Association, 2002
  • McGill Management Achievement Award, McGill University, 2003
  • Canadian Italian National Award, Ottawa, 2003
  • Business Excellence Award, The Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association of Toronto, 2005
  • VinCambridge Award of Excellence, Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser, 2006
  • Lifetime Achievement in Tourism Award, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corp, 2007
  • 1991 - Ontario Hostilery Institute Chairman's Gold Award
  • Premio Masi Award, Verona, Italy, 2008
  • Folio D'Oro Award, Friuli, Italy, 2010
  • Diamond Jubilee Award, 2012
  • Brock University, Faculty of Business Distinguished Leader Award, 2012

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Video

Inniskillin: The Original Startup