“One of my life-long passions has been bringing people together for a common cause,” said David Foster, Chairman of The David Foster Foundation. “Anything is possible when we pull our talents together in the spirit of accomplishment, and of love, and of giving back. That is truly what the National Business Leader of the Year award is all about,” said Foster, who referred to Schneider as “an absolute visionary” with unparalleled accomplishments as an entrepreneur. “But his talent as a leader of people doesn’t stop there. He leverages his success, turns it around, and dedicates his life to helping others,” Foster said.
Schneider echoes Foster’s sentiments of community and contribution to this worthy cause.
“When I first learned I would be receiving this award, I was incredibly humbled to join a short list of people holding this distinct recognition. I have never been one to enjoy the limelight, however I have always said that with great success comes great responsibility. It is our duty as leaders to share what we have learned in our own experiences with those in need,” said Schneider.
“It is because of the risks and choices I made as a business leader that I have been so incredibly fortunate to give back – not only to my local community but other notable causes like the David Foster Foundation, that I have been able to contribute to a number of causes that have been close to my heart.”
Schneider joins past award recipients including Jim Treliving, founder of Boston Pizza and CBC Dragons’ Den star; Sheldon Kennedy, child advocate and former NHL player; Gregg Saretsky, President and CEO of WestJet Airlines; Darren Entwistle, CEO of TELUS; Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D., President and Trustee of The Asper Foundation; and Simon Keith, Chair of the Simon Keith Foundation and one of the longest living heart transplant recipients in the world.
Schneider continued, “Perhaps that unselfish act of donation will save the life of someone destined to be a great researcher, perhaps a great writer, perhaps a surgeon who saves lives, or perhaps the next generation’s David Foster.”