Joe Randell of Chorus Aviation Inc. is this year's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Atlantic winner.
Joe’s passion for the airline industry developed when he completed a research study for the startup of a new airline as part of his MBA. This project laid the groundwork for the creation of Air Nova – one of the first classic regional carriers in Canada – serving five destinations in Atlantic Canada with two aircrafts.
The airline was bought by Air Canada in 1991, but through the acquisition Joe continued to grow the airline to 22 aircrafts serving 19 destinations. Looking to expand further, Joe consolidated Air Nova and Air Alliance, and was subsequently tasked with the consolidation of the other major regional operators in Canada. The newly merged company launched its new brand, Jazz, in 2002.
By the end of 2005, Joe had grown Jazz to be a relevant, revitalized North American regional airline, making it Canada’s second-largest airline by fleet and strong financial results. These years, however, were accompanied by many challenges. Escalating costs and pressures resulting from terrorist attacks, government-imposed charges, increasing competition and the 2008 financial crisis were all roadblocks in Jazz’s development. Nevertheless, Joe’s vision of a diversified company remained unwavering.
Today, his company is Chorus Aviation – a corporation that owns Jazz Aviation, Voyageur Aviation and Chorus Aviation Capital. Together, they provide a suite of regional aviation services to customers around the world. These include: contracted flying operations, maintenance, repair and overhaul expertise, aircraft partings provisioning, airport operations, and aircraft leasing solutions.
Joe’s admirable leadership extends beyond the workplace. He’s a strong believer in fostering young entrepreneurial spirit and is a long-time supporter of Junior Achievement Nova Scotia. Joe is also actively involved with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Engineering, partnering students with Jazz Aviation for research and development projects. Joe has also been involved with the Multiple ScIerosis Society of Canada since 2004, and is currently a Director of the MS Scientific Research Foundation.
“Joe has seen it all – from startup, growth and restructuring to mergers, acquisitions and rebranding,” says Kinsman. “He soars through with vision and passion to overcome complex challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Joe is the definition of a risk-taker, and we couldn’t be happier to recognize him with this award.”
As the Atlantic region’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017, Joe will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Prairies, Ontario and Québec regions for the national honour of Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017, to be presented at a gala celebration on 30 November 2017 in Toronto. In June 2018, Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.
This year, Canada took home the gold when Murad Al-Katib of AGT Food and Ingredients was named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 in Monaco this past June. Murad is a shining example of accelerating growth with purpose.
“We wish Joe the best of luck in achieving the same success as he moves forward to the national gala in November,” says Kinsman.
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The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Atlantic category award recipients:
Chorus Aviation Inc. | Dartmouth
www.chorusaviation.ca (TSX: CHR)
Business-to-Business Products and Services
Coach Atlantic Transportation Group | Charlottetown
Adam Doiron, Michael Cassidy
Business-to-Consumer Products and Services
Supplement King Canada | Dartmouth
Metamaterial Technologies Inc. | Dartmouth
Hospitality and Tourism
PAVIA Gallery - Espresso Bar & Cafe | Herring Cove
Trihedral Engineering Limited | Bedford
Barry Baker, Glenn Wadden
Manufacturing and Construction
MQM Quality Manufacturing Ltd. | Tracadie-Sheila
Technology and Communications
Solace Power | Mount Pearl
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The 2017 Atlantic independent judging panel consists of Dr. Kenneth A. (Sandy) Maclver, Director, Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies, Mount Allison University; Ben Cowan-Dewar, Managing Director, Cabot Links; Robyn Eddy, President, Eddy Group Ltd.; Douglas Hall, Director, Pattern Energy Group Inc.; Sharon Sparkes, Senior Vice President & CFO, Newfoundland Liquor Corp.; Jackie McIntyre, President and CEO, Cows Inc.; and Toon Nagtegaal, Founder & Owner, THENEXTPHASE.
This year's program national sponsors are TEC Canada, La Presse, RDI, The TMX Group, The Globe and Mail Inc., Merrill Corporation, Kira Talent, Air Canada, SheEO, The Printing House Limited, Hillberg & Berk and MediaOne Creative. Atlantic regional sponsors are McInnes Cooper and Atlantic Business Magazine.
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