Two McMaster graduates named to Top 40 Under 40 list


Two McMaster graduates have been named to the country's prestigious Top 40 Under 40 list, published in the Globe and Mail's May 2000 Report on Business.

Richard Heinzl, a 1987 graduate of McMaster's medical program, and Jonathan Wellum, who holds MBA('86) and commerce ('84) degrees from McMaster, both made the list of 21st-century superachievers who are changing the way business is done today.

Top 40 award winners are judged on the following criteria: vision and leadership, innovation and achievement, community involvement and enhancement, impact, and growth strategy. Winners must have also made an impact beyond their own organization and in the greater community. The award program was launched six years ago by Caldwell Partners International of Toronto.

“The program was created to celebrate a group of Canadians who had not been recognized before. Top 40 winners are bright, young individuals who are moving Canada forward in a global marketplace,” Douglas Caldwell tells ROB writer Shona McKay.

Heinzl, 37, is the founder of Doctors without Borders Canada and co-founder of Corp. He is one of a number of McMaster graduates who helped the international Doctors Without Borders win the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. A medical-relief organization, DWB dispatches volunteers to war-troubled and other areas of the world where there is pain and suffering. The Canadian division which Heinzl founded has raised $20 million and enlisted some 600-plus volunteers. Heinzl has now launched an electronic health business which provides information to doctors and patients in North America.

Wellum, 38, is CEO and director of Georgian Capital Partners Inc., an asset management company based in Mississauga. Wellum left a senior job as a financial manager for AIC Ltd in Burlington to co-found Georgian. While with AIC, Wellum helped the firm increase its management portfolio from $9 million in two funds to more than $12 million in 10 funds.