As part of our Black History Month feature TrepFuel is proud to present an interview with Wes Hall, Founder/CEO of Kingsdale Shareholder Services and one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Business People”.
The story of Wes Hall begins with his grandmother who taught him about hard work, resourcefulness, and entrepreneurialism as a child in Golden Grove, Jamaica. When Wes arrived in Canada all he saw was opportunities in front of him and he intended to take advantage of all of them. He did not come to Canada to get by, or to merely exist. He came to set the world on fire.
Wes speaks often about risk, and believes what prevents most people from becoming all that they can is their inability to take measured, calculated risks without a safety net. “To reach your goals you can’t half commit. You need to go all in”. He pushed all his chips forward in 2003, when he formed Kingsdale as the sole employee. Today Kingsdale has 85 employees in Toronto and New York and is the number 1 shareholder services firm in Canada with a 90% market share.
Often the only black man in the room, he never shrinks or let’s any notion of disadvantage creep into his psyche. Rather, he see’s his blackness as a differentiator, and an opportunity to change negative perceptions and stereotypes. In doing this, he hopes to help make it better for those coming up after him.
It is very important that the youth hear his story, particularly black youth in Canada, with inventive minds who may not have considered business as a creative outlet. Wes is someone they can relate to and his example can inspire them to cultivate that entrepreneurial mindset to believe anything is possible.
“We have a lot of great talent in the schools, they’re bright, and sometimes they just need that boost from someone to say you can do it.” – Wes Hall
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