Iconic Global Business Leader to Address Guelph Community at CEO Dinner

 For Immediate Release | October 27, 2017


Guelph, October 27, 2017: On December 5th, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host a CEO Dinner, presented in partnership with Cushman & Wakefield Waterloo Brokerage Ltd. The event will feature John Sleeman, Founder and Chairman of Sleeman Breweries Ltd., in a thought-provoking and inspiring conversation with Ward 1 Studios’ Sandy Clipsham about John’s trajectory to influence and leadership.


“Our CEO Dinner is an integral component of the Guelph Chamber’s efforts to community building by showcasing global pillars in business & philanthropy through inspiring stories that cultivate success,” says Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber. “Hosting John Sleeman offers a fantastic opportunity for our community to hear first-hand how this successful entrepreneur took an idea and turned it into a leading-edge global company.”


John Sleeman was raised in Ottawa and as a young adult he moved to England where he was inspired by the British-style pub scene. John brought that inspiration back to Canada and in 1978 he stretched his entrepreneurial legs by opening his own British-style pub called The Major Oak. John found further success when he became a partner in The Imported Beer Company.

John spent his youth relatively unaware of his family’s history in the brewing industry. He was first introduced to his family’s legacy through his Aunt Florian. With a little encouragement from his Aunt Florian and receiving his grandfather’s recipe book, the Sleeman legacy was reborn. In 1985 John W. purchased the original company back from Standard Brands, obtained the rights to use the original trademark, and officially re-incorporated Sleeman Brewing and Malting Co. Ltd. After selling their first pint of Sleeman Cream Ale in 1988, the company became one of the fastest growing businesses in Canada and would go on to acquire several other microbreweries including Upper Canada Brewing Company, The Maritime Beer Company, Shaftebury Brewing Co., and Unibroue Inc. In 1994, the Sleeman Brewing and Malting Co. Ltd and Okanagan Springs Brewery merged to become Sleeman Breweries Ltd. and in 2006, Sleeman Breweries was purchased by Sapporo Breweries Ltd. for $400 million.


“John and Sleeman Breweries are one of the finest examples of a Guelph success story and we look forward to him inspiring others in our community as he highlights the value of perseverance in pursuit of achievement,” adds Mwanzia.


The CEO Dinner takes place December 5 at Victoria Park East Golf Club, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. To register, click here


For more information, please contact Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO, Guelph Chamber of Commerce   E:  kithio@guelphchamber.com   P:  519.822.8081   F: 519.822.8451 www.guelphchamber.com

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