Canadian entrepreneur Don Simmonds (Donald Simmonds) is a versatile executive who has been involved in more than 20 business ventures in the course of a 40-year career, one that has been centered around integrity in the private and public sectors. The businesses Don has been involved with run the gamut from consumer audio products to solar electric power to dairy farming. In all these ventures, Don has demonstrated a commitment to operating successful, ethical companies and fostering constructive relationships.
Don is currently providing expertise in the area of advisory and mediation services for an international list of clients. He also serves as the current Chancellor of Moncton, New Brunswick based, Crandall University, a Christian University. As part of his ongoing efforts and commitment to support ethics and values, Don also serves on the International Advisory Board of Unashamedly Ethical, an international body committed to advancing ethical business practices and is supported by politicians, business leaders and local communities in 107 countries.
In 1977, Don Simmonds was one of seven founding partners of The Lenbrook Group, a private business incubation company that created Clearnet, a Canadian wireless network that sold to Telus in 2001. His leadership posts include President and Chief Executive Officer to Director at companies that include Baylin Technologies (“BYL.TO”), AirIQ, Airnet Services, Youth Unlimited, MOCO Canada, Brooktel, Clearnet, Shobrook, Uxcom, Faydon Enterprises, and Blyth Investments. Don’s varied career also includes leading privately-held and publicly-traded business entities.
Don founded AirIQ in 1997, a company leading the development of wireless GPS tracking for various types of vehicles. During his time as Chief Executive Officer of AirIQ, the company earned a number of industry accolades, including recognition as one of Canada’s fastest growing technology companies in the Deloitte Canadian Technology Fast 500 Program. Under Don’s leadership, AirIQ was also ranked 12th and 17th in PROFIT magazine’s ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies for 2005 and 2006.
Recently, Don served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CTS TV and Crossroads Christian Communications, positions which had him leading and reimagining how a Christian message can be incorporated into our modern, digital media advances.
Don Simmonds has spent most of his life in the community of Uxbridge, located one hour northeast of Toronto, Ontario. He is married to his wife, Fay. Don and Fay met in high school and have been married for 41 years. Together, they have four children and three grandchildren: Shauna (34) married to Jodie (Jacobie, Jubal) works as a filmmaker; Craig (30) married to Heather (Charlie) has his own consulting practice, Brett (29) operates a recording studio, and April (19) is a serious equestrian who was named as an alternate for the Canadian Eventing team in the Pan American Games held in Toronto in 2015 and currently studies at university.
Both Don and Fay have a dedicated interest in helping teenagers make wise choices. For seventeen years, they led youth activities in their local community through their church, and in the 1990s, Don took a 3-year sabbatical from his professional career to help establish several national initiatives to assist Canada’s youth. Don was National Youth Coordinator and acted as the Canadian representative to a World Youth Organization for ten years, where he worked with other international delegates to strategize world youth conferences held in Argentina, Scotland and Zimbabwe.
Don continues to prioritize being engaged in his community. He has coached hockey in his community for more than 25 years and has served for 14 years as Head Coach of the Uxbridge Tigers, a team he helped start. A number of hockey players on the Uxbridge Tigers support Hope Through Hockey, which is a yearly week-long hockey camp that works to give hockey and life skills for First Nations youth in Northern Ontario.