Some people see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not. Building dreams is an obsession for accomplished business owner and developer John ‘Jack’ Poole. Whether it was working on construction sites as a young man or attaining his engineering degree, constructing monuments and world class skyscrapers is a calling Jack can’t refuse.
He’s been honoured by universities, inducted into business hall of fames, and has received distinctions, honourary degrees and received an Order of Canada. It’s his strong work ethic and his unwavering sense of diplomacy that has elevated him as a business leader. Poole is credited with bringing the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics to Canada and it was his efforts to foster a working relationship with the four First Nations within whose traditional territories the 2010 Para-Olympic Games will be held.
His father encouraged his confidence, his competitiveness and his appetite for success. His mother, a school teacher instilled in him the importance of education. Its little surprise Poole’s been called a cautious optimist, a visionary and a modest overachiever and it’s what shaped him into becoming one of the most successful real estate developers and community builders in North America.