School of Business alumni make Top 40 under 40

Posted on May 14, 2009

QSB alumni Jeff Kinnaird (EMBA’05) and Josh Blair (Queen’s Executive Program, 2002) made the 14th annual Top 40 under 40 list. The list, presented by Report on Business and Caldwell Partners, recognizes Canada’s best and brightest business. More than 560 exceptional individuals under the age of 40 have received this recognition since the inception of the Top 40 under 40 awards in 1995.

Mr. Kinnaird is regional vice-president of The Home Depot of Canada. Twelve years ago, Mr. Kinnaird was a lumber associate at Home Depot’s Nanaimo, British Columbia store, and now oversees 105 retail stores and more than 15,000 employees in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Mr. Blair is executive vice-president, human resources of Telus Corp. in Vancouver. Mr. Blair worked with BC Tel in engineering and information technology, and also ran a start-up firm that was connected with Telus. In 2001, he accepted a position with Telus running their learning division, and has been there ever since.

A third Queen’s grad, Scott Thomson (B.A.’92, Economics) also made the list. Mr. Thomson is executive vice-president, finance and Chief Financial Officer of Talisman Energy Inc.