Don Blythe, OK Tire / Western Canada Tire Dealers (awarded posthumously)
Blythe served more than 60 years in the industry, beginning his career with Goodyear in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 1957. He joined OK Tire in 1972 and was instrumental in forming an OK Tire Franchised Dealer Committee to explore the possibility of the Canadian dealers group purchasing OK Tire Stores Canada Ltd. from Ashland Oil (Kentucky).
A 100% OK franchised dealer-owned marketing group, OK Tire Stores Inc., was formed in 1973. He was named president of OK Tire in 1983.
Blythe was elected in 1982 to the board of the Western Canada Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (today WCTD). After retiring from OK Tire in 2003, he became executive director for WCTD, a post he held until 2009. He helped to establish the Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC) and several end-of-life tire programs in Canada and remained at the helm of TSBC until he died in 2018.
Blythe is a member of the Western Canada Tire Dealers Hall of Fame (2008) and Tire Industry Association (TIA) Hall of Fame (2010)
Don Campbell, Industry Canada / Tire and Rubber Association of Canada
According to TRAC, the Canadian tire industry owes Campbell a debt of gratitude for his vision and dedication to the industry under Industry Canada and as past president of TRAC (1997–2001).
Within the framework of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations in 1980s, Campbell championed development of a duty- remission program that allowed rubber companies to claim return of duties in return for new investment in Canada.
This duty remission accrued approximately $250 million, and the industry invested close to a $1 billion in new tire plants and equipment in Canada. Thanks to these efforts, globally active tire manufacturers Bridgestone Corp., Goodyear and Michelin Group operate world-class facilities in Canada that are fully integrated into their manufacturing operations worldwide. Today's tire manufacturing landscape in Canada would not be as robust or healthy had it not been for his work.
Jim Henderson, Goodyear Canada Inc.
Henderson began his 56-year career in the industry with Michelin plants in England and Ireland. He moved to Goodyear Canada Inc. in Toronto in 1972, where he remained until his retirement earlier this year.
Henderson is known for his insights and building relationships, communication channels and bridges between the industry and government, ensuring stakeholders work toward the best for the industry.
Glenn Maidment, TRAC
Maidment's career spanned 51 years, including 30 years with TRAC (formerly Rubber Association of Canada) — nearly 20 as the group's president.
Under his guidance, the industry and governments developed sustainable and self-sufficient non-profit enterprises that meet their financial and recycling obligations.
TRAC said he was instrumental in the development and implementation of tire stewardship regulations and establishment of stewardship organizations responsible for tire recycling in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario.
Emmie Leung, founder, CEO of Emterra Group
In her 45-year career, Leung has led Emterra from a one-woman start-up to one of the largest integrated resource management companies. She is credited for developing Emterra's expansion into several divisions.
Leung created Emterra Tire Recycling (ETR) in 2005 and contributed to tires' circular economy as a supplier of crumb rubber in Canada.
Leung created a formal diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and program with emphasis on female and diverse community empowerment in the workplace. She also created a Community Care program to improve the environmental health and well-being of the communities Emterra services.