Wynne Powell honoured in Victoria with R.W. Caulfield Award for Leadership


Award recognizes 30 years devoted to building business in British Columbia and providing community leadership




Victoria, BC – London Drugs President and CEO Wynne Powell will receive the inaugural R.W. Caulfield Award for Leadership on September 24, 2011 at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, BC.

Presented by the Certified General Accountants' (CGA) Board of Governors, the R.W. (Bill) Caulfield Leadership Award recognizes innovative and visionary leaders working in business, public office, community, or public service industries, who encourage bold thinking, volunteerism, and are ethical role models.

"It is truly an honour to be recognized by the CGA Board and my peers," said Powell. "This award is testament to the group of individuals I have the privilege of working with at London Drugs. They make it possible for the London group of companies to thrive in constant change. I am extremely appreciative for the opportunity to lead such a dynamic group."

Wynne Powell , F.C.G.A., D.Tech. (Hon.) has been with London Drugs since 1982. His uncompromising commitment to customers, vendor partners, active encouragement of creativity and innovation, and a steadfast belief in technological sophistication are major factors in London Drugs' success. Powell leads 8200 employees and is also the president and CEO of sister companies: London Air Services, Sonora Resort and TLD Computers.

Powell serves as Board Chair of the Provincial Health Services Authority of BC and is the Chair of Chairs for all of the Health Authorities in British Columbia. He also devotes time to BCIT's annual 'BCIT Connect' – a CGA-BC recruiting event that provides networking and career opportunities for business students - and holds directorships with BC Bearings LTD. and IGA Canada LTD.

"I'm a strong advocate in extending professional and leadership skills to a wide range of initiatives in the community," said Powell. "Being involved in the community presents a whole new set of challenges and different learning experiences that can then be applied back to work and in business."

Powell received the CGA Fellowship designation in 1999, granted by CGA Canada for his outstanding contribution to his profession.

Additional accolades for Powell include an honorary Doctor of Technology from BCIT with a lifetime appointment as Governor of the BCIT Foundation.

In 2008, Powell was awarded the Henry Singer Award for exceptional leadership in retailing from the University of Alberta and named one of the Top 100 CGAs in Canada for making an outstanding contribution to his community and the lives of others. Powell is also a recipient of the Order of St. John and the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II.

Wynne Powell is the first recipient of the R.W. Caulfield Award for Leadership which is dedicated to Bill Caulfield, who was Executive Director of CGA-BC from 1983 to 2010, until his passing. He was an exceptional leader and driving force in BC, elevating the professional status of CGA.

For more information about the R.W. Caulfield Award for Leadership, please visit www.cga-bc.org.

For more information about London Drugs, please visit www.londondrugs.com.


About London Drugs

Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs has 75 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store www.londondrugs.com. London Drugs offers consumers a range of products from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 7,500 people with pharmacy and health care services being the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring company and continues to position itself for future growth and development.

To interview Wynne Powell, please contact Wendy Hartley: 604-817-2758.

Media Contact: Wendy Hartley