Don Simmonds (Donald E. Simmonds) is a Canadian businessman and serial entrepreneur with more than three decades of leadership and guidance experience. Presently, Don provides International Advisory and Mediation services to a select group of clients. As of 2014, Don has served as the Chancellor of Crandall University, a Christian University in Moncton, New Brunswick. He is also a Queen’s Jubilee medal recipient and has been a private pilot.
Living and working most of his life in Uxbridge, a town an hour northeast of Toronto, Ontario, Don has spent the past forty years building a business and entrepreneurial career around integrity in the private and public sectors. He has served in a number of leadership roles, from Founder to President and Chief Executive Officer to Director, at a range of companies, including Baylin Technologies, Jameson Bank, AirIQ, Airnet Services, MOCO Canada, Brooktel, Clearnet and Blyth Investments Inc. He has led privately-held and publicly-traded businesses in industries that include renewable energy, technology, telecommunications, financial services, agriculture and media.
A prominent highlight in his career was when, in 1977, Don was a founding partner for The Lenbrook Group, a business incubation company that is perhaps most well-known for creating Clearnet, one of Canada’s largest wireless networks that was sold to Telus in 2001.
Don Simmonds is also the founder of AirIQ, a company that leads in the development of wireless GPS tracking for a range of vehicles. Since its founding in 1997, AirIQ has received various industry accolades and was recognized as one of Canada’s fastest growing technology companies in the Deloitte Canadian Technology Fast 500 Program.
Don also led as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CTS TV and Crossroads Christian Communications. He was responsible for not only leading and guiding these organizations, but also responsible for reimagining how the organizations’ Christian message could be incorporated into our modern, digital media advances.
In his commitment to integrity in the private and public sectors, Don serves on the International Advisory Board of Unashamedly Ethical, an international movement supported by a number of politicians, business people and local communities in 107 countries.
For more than 41 years, Don has been married to Fay Simmonds. They met in high school and together they have four children and three grandchildren which they are very proud of: Shauna (34) married to Jodie (Jacobie, Jubal) is a filmmaker; Craig (30) married to Heather (Charlie) has his own consulting practice, Brett (29) operates a recording studio, and April (19) is a serious equestrian who was named as an alternate for the Canadian Eventing team in the Pan American Games held in Toronto in 2015 and is attending university.
In addition to raising their children, over the years, Don and Fay have made it a priority to give back to their community in Uxbridge and communities around Canada. They have led youth activities through their church and Don is also known for having publicized some of the critical challenges the youth face in the current culture, which he refers to as “The Perfect Storm”.
In the 1990s, Don also took a 3-year sabbatical from his business career to help create a number of national initiatives to assist Canada’s youth. During that time, he served as the National Youth Coordinator and was also the Canadian representative to the World Youth Organization for ten years.
Don has been the head coach of the Uxbridge Tigers for more than 14 years, a team that supports another initiative especially dear to Don, Hope Through Hockey, which is an annual week-long hockey camp and life skills tutorial for First Nations youth located in the Northern, Ontario community Weagamow/North Caribou Lake.