Famous Burlingtonians

Ron Joyce - Businessman/Philanthropist

Ronald  V. Joyce is best known as the entrepreneur who, in 1964, invested in the first Tim Hortons in Hamilton and grew the business into one of the most successful food service chains in the world. Co-founder of the TDL Group Ltd. which licenses Tim Hortons,  Joyce sold the business to Wendy’s International Inc. in 1996.  Joyce has won numerous awards and honors for his entrepreneurial successes, corporate citizenship and philanthropic work: The Order of Canada, induction into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame; Entrepreneur of the Year for Ontario and Canada; the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award and the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award. Joyce remained actively involved in The Joyce Family Foundation located in Burlington until he passed away in 2019.