Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador announces 2016 JA Business Hall of Fame inductees.

St. John’s, NL, Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, Junior Achievement (JA) of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the 2016 JA Business Hall of Fame inductees. These outstanding business leaders who will be recognized at the May 19th, 2016 Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony at the St. John’s Convention are:

  • Cyril and Pamela Bulgin, owners of Eclipse Stores Inc.
  • Rob Crosbie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crosbie Group Limited.
  • The Late Dr. Janet Gardiner,former treasurer and director of Chester Dawe Ltd. and Order of Canada recipient.

Since 1990, Junior Achievement has recognized and honoured entrepreneurs who have inspired others through their investment and success in business and community. In addition to celebrating business excellence, the Business Hall of Fame event is JA’s signature fundraiser, supporting work that focuses on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for youth.


Background Information – JA Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame inductees


Cyril and Pamela Bulgin.  As university students with a small child, Cyril and Pamela opened their first clothing store, The Jean Shop, in Twillingate, NL in 1974. They operated from premises with 200 sq ft. Fast forward to 2015 and the Bulgin’s have 76 women’s clothing stores in all 10 provinces. They have a private clothing label, Tattoo, and have launched their first e-commerce website. Both daughters now work in the family business that is headquartered in St. John’s. Cyril and Pamela quietly support many charities locally and globally.


Rob Crosbie.  While the Crosbie Group Limited dates back to the 1800’s, since 1991, Rob has been instrumental in leading the growth of the company and taking it in new directions. Today, the Crosbie Group has a diverse portfolio including offshore oil and gas, onshore industrial, real estate and the construction sectors. The company has approximately 300 employees. Rob has received many accolades for his visionary leadership and commitment to community building.


The Late Dr. Janet Gardiner.  A prominent business and community leader, Janet Gardiner was the first chartered accountant in the province. During her career, Janet worked in the family business – Chester Dawe Ltd., and was instrumental in growing the company from its origins as one retail location to one of the largest building supply chains in Atlantic Canada with 8 retail locations and a large number of lumber yards and subsidiaries. Janet was the first woman to chair the University’s Board of Regents and sat on numerous boards and community organizations.


These individuals are being recognized for their excellence in business leadership, outstanding professional achievements and enduring contributions to society. They are all role models for youth, the next generation of leaders.

For more information on Junior Achievement or the JA Business Hall of Fame contact Sandra Patterson, president & CEO, at spatterson@janl.org or 753-9533.