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Business Hall of Fame

John Keilty

John Keilty

Pilon School of Business
Program: Business Administration
Year of Graduation: 1970

Owner, The Gananoque Inn & Spa

John was a member of the first class of the Sheridan School of Business and was student number 22.  After graduation, John began his career in sales with the Campbell Soup Company.  He was then recruited by Pepsi Cola Canada as Sales Manager for Ontario and Western Canada.  Representing the entrepreneurial spirit that is the hallmark of Sheridan's Faculty of Business, John then struck out on his own and bought into Smith Falls Bottling Works and Frontenac Beverages.  He sold the companies in 1989 and retired at age 40.  But boredom soon set in and John started a wholesale food distribution company called Findlay Foods, selling his shares in this company in 1999.

In 1995, John bought The Gananoque Inn & Spa and restored it to its former grandeur, adding fine dining and a fully equipped spa.  Now rated as one of Ontario's Finest Inns, The Gananoque Inn & Spa was voted by Canadian Country Inns magazine as Canada's most improved inn.  The Inn occupies what was originally the Gananoque Carriage Works, a business founded in the 1870s.  For John, this was a return to the town where he had been born and raised.  He remains committed to maintaining the Inn as a special property and contributing to the revitalization of Gananoque's waterfront.  As owner of Keiltyco, John has also acquired other real estate holdings in Eastern Ontario.

"Sheridan Business gave me credibility and enabled me to get my foot in the door of two major corporations.  I still wear my Sheridan College ring with pride." - John Keilty