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Business Hall of Fame

Tina Powell

Tina Powell

Pilon School of Business
Program: Business Administration – Marketing
Year of Graduation: 1983

President and Founder, Big Fat Pen Publishing Inc.

Tina is one of North America’s best-selling children’s authors. After graduating, she joined National Trust and rose to become Director of Advertising. She eventually turned to writing, her first love, moving into the world of advertising and copywriting and started her own business called Write Away.

After becoming the mother of two, Tina fully embraced children’s literature. Her popular and award-winning books celebrate the special view children have of the world. Tina’s book If You Could See What I See… raised $58,000 for the Canadian Red Cross U.S.A. Appeal in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks and has been accepted into the September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

In 2004, Tina incorporated her own publishing company, Big Fat Pen Publishing Inc. and launched a new business model that focused on direct selling to her readers. She later expanded the model to include selling in partnership with large corporations. Through Big Fat Pen’s corporate publishing program, Tina has sold more than 600,000 books and has worked with companies including Canada Bread, Proctor and Gamble and Mars Canada. Many of her books which promote healthy lifestyles have raised funds for several non-profit organizations.

Tina holds degrees from McMaster University and York University, in addition to her Sheridan education. Grateful to Sheridan for teaching her the skills to start her own business, Tina has established a scholarship in her name in support of Sheridan students.