Lorne Segal, entrepreneur & philanthropist: Sustaining a legacy of building business and community
2012 JIBC Foundation Community Leadership Award recipient to be honoured December 3
By any measure, Lorne Segal has enjoyed a successful business career as the President of Kingswood Properties Ltd., a Director of The Vancouver Board of Trade, and a member of Simon Fraser University’s Deans External Advisory Board.
However, he believes his success in business is inextricably linked to the personal growth and development he has enjoyed as a result of his philanthropic work. As he noted in a previous interview, "…my involvement in charitable initiatives has been at the heart of my growth as an executive and as an engaged corporate citizen."
Segal, son of renowned businessman and philanthropist Dr. Joseph Segal and Dr. Rosalie Segal, got involved in his father’s company over 25 years ago, and learned many valuable lessons under his father’s tutelage. He explains the greatest business lesson learned from his father was not 'how' to do it - but the 'way' to do it. Perhaps more importantly, he learned that “in and of itself (money) will not give us the feeling we're all looking for; it's what we do with it that counts.”
He credits these important lessons and the example of his parents’ own philanthropic commitment as the inspiration for his own passion to make a difference in the community.
Having been the beneficiary of his parents’ wisdom and values, he is similarly driven to be a role model for his own children. In 2007, Segal and his children travelled to Toronto to experience what was then called “Me to We Day”, with an undertaking to help expand the programming of Free the Children (FTC) in Vancouver.
Segal had been originally inspired to become involved in supporting FTC by founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, who he saw as inspiring examples of the power of youth to make social change, for his own children. He is particularly proud of the leadership role assumed by his children and their contributions towards making “We Day Vancouver” a day of celebration and inspiration for 20,000 youth, educators and friends.
In recognition of his contributions to residents of British Columbia and, particularly through his philanthropic work, Segal will be honoured with the Community Leadership Award at the 11th Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Foundation Awards for Justice and Public Safety Gala on December 3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Established in 2010 by the JIBC Foundation, this award is presented for extraordinary leadership that demonstrates the value and spirit of community.
Segal is one of several individuals and organizations to be recognized for outstanding contributions to justice, public safety, and community leadership at the Gala. Proceeds from the event will provide financial support for JIBC students, starting or advancing their careers as justice and public safety professionals.
Last updated April 30, 2018