BiographyYear Inducted: 2017
Executive Chairman, Trinity Development Group Inc.
An Ottawa native, John Ruddy has been involved in football all his life. He played minor, high school and university football, was an Ottawa Rough Riders’ season ticket holder for many years and he now serves as the REDBLACKS Governor.
Mr. Ruddy founded Trinity Development Group in 1992, having already established himself as one of Canada’s foremost and most respected developers. As Executive Chairman, John is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organization, and is committed to continuing Trinity’s position as Canada’s leading real estate development group.
Mr. Ruddy is also well known for his philanthropic support for community causes and institutions through the Trinity Development Foundation which focuses their community support on Youth Education and Sport, Care of Seniors, Community Programming and the Arts.
President, OSEG Sports
Mr. Hunt left his family home in Newfoundland for Ottawa in 1983 to start adding form to his entrepreneurial vision. In his first year in the new city, Jeff started a carpet cleaning firm and over the next 15-years, franchised it, expanded into the US and sold the thriving business to Sears. That sale, in 1998, enabled Jeff to pursue his dream of owning and managing a hockey team, the Ottawa 67’s.
Mr. Hunt’s success with the 67’s was sighted by the Canadian Football League as an important factor in its decision to award an expansion franchise to Ottawa. That franchise, the REDBLACKS, has since become the toast of the town, routinely selling-out games, making it to the Grey Cup in its second year of operation and winning the Grey Cup in 2016.
During his career, Jeff Hunt’s accomplishments have been recognized with multiple awards, including five Profit Magazine Fast-100 and two Fast-50 awards. He has also been named OHL and Canadian Hockey League Executive of the Year and in 2015 he was named to the Yahoo Canada Sports list of the top 25 “Movers and Shakers” who have the most influence over sport in Canada. In January 2017, Jeff was named Ottawa’s Favorite Entrepreneur by Faces Magazine.
Chairman, Shenkman Group of Companies
An Ottawa native, Bill Shenkman was born and raised with football in the family. His godfather, Sam Berger, was an Ottawa Rough Riders team owner in the 1960’s and a two-time CFL president.
The Shenkman Group of Companies invests in a wide variety of ventures including commercial and residential real estate, manufacturing businesses, and technology based partnerships. For more than 100 years, three generations of the Shenkman family have successfully owned and operated businesses in Canada and around the world.Outside of the business realm.
Mr. Shenkman is active in philanthropic endeavours, and acts as Chairman of the Shenkman Family Foundation.
President, Ottawa Fury FC Soccer Club
John Pugh’s life journey has come full circle. A semi-professional soccer player in his native England, it was computer science, not soccer, which brought John and his wife Christine to Canada. Today, after a successful career in academia and high-tech, he’s back in the soccer business full-time.
Mr. Pugh served as Professor and Director of the School of Computer Science at Carleton University. He subsequently co-founded The Object People Inc., and directed it from start-up to acquisition. In 2002, Mr. Pugh purchased the Ottawa Fury organization to provide the best possible development opportunities for talented young soccer players and the highest calibre of play for soccer fans in the Ottawa Region.
OSEG Executive Chairman and Managing Partner
Mr. Greenberg was born and raised in Ottawa and regularly attended Ottawa Rough Riders’ games at Lansdowne Park and he now serves the REDBLACKS as Alternate Governor.
Mr. Greenberg obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Toronto and then his law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1980, returning home in the summers to work in a variety of roles in the family business, The Minto Group.
Minto is a fully integrated real estate developer, builder, manager and owner with operations in Ottawa, Toronto, London, Calgary and Florida. Since its founding in 1955, Minto has built over 80,000 homes and over 15,000 residential rental properties. The company has received many awards of excellence, including multiple Ontario Green Builder of the Year awards and the 2012 TOBY (The Outstanding Builder of the Year) Award by the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada.
Mr. Greenberg also lends his expertise and time to a variety of charitable causes in the community, especially the health and education sectors.