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Business Hall of Fame

Randy Powell

Randy Powell

Pilon School of Business
Program: Business Administration – Marketing
Year of Graduation: 1982

President & CEO, Armstrong Group

Randy took the helm of the Vancouver-based Armstrong Group in 2009, after serving two years as the first nonfamily President in Armstrong Group’s history, second only to company founder, Peter Armstrong. Armstrong Group is the owner and operator of the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer luxury train experience and other associated tourism and hospitality businesses. Featuring a series of luxury train journeys through the Canadian Rockies, the Rocky Mountaineer won the prestigious World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train at the World Travel Awards for four consecutive years. Armstrong Group operated a luxury VIP hospitality train which transported some of the world’s top amateur athletes from Vancouver to Whistler and back for the duration of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Randy has over 25 years of extensive consumer product and service business leadership. Originally from Toronto, he spent seven years as President of two divisions of Maple Leaf Foods, growing the company to approximately $2.5 billion in annual revenue, 8,000 workers, 16 plants and sales in 36 countries. Prior to that, Randy held the positions of President and CEO of Second Cup Coffee Company and President of S.C. Johnson and Sons, Canada. At 31 years old, he became a Vice President at Campbell Soup Company. In 1997, Randy was recognized with the prestigious Financial Post Top 40 Under 40 Award. He also holds a Bachelor of Administrative Studies from York University.

“Sheridan is the foundation upon which my life has been built.” – Randy Powell