Mr. John Zoccoli

Mr. John Zoccoli

Mr. John Zoccoli

Mr. John Zoccoli joined the family business of operating nine Niagara Tim Hortons outlets in 2002 after graduating in 1986 with his honours bachelor of administration degree. 

He has been a guest speaker in classes at the Goodman School of Business, given a convocation address to Faculty of Business graduates and served as honorary president for the Business Students’ Association, which hosts academic competitions and conferences.

John also co-chaired his co-op accounting class’s 25th anniversary reunion committee and helped establish an endowment fund for future students. He sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council, has been inducted as chapter honouree of Brock’s Beta Gamma Sigma International Honours Society and regularly supports many of the charity golf tournaments the University hosts.

In 2008, he was awarded the Brock University Faculty of Business Distinguished Graduate award.

“Whenever the University needs support, John is the first one to offer his help,” said Don Cyr, Goodman School of Business Dean. “He has financially supported numerous Brock initiatives… but his support doesn’t end with monetary gifts, which over the years has been substantial. John has been a valuable member of the Dean’s Advisory Council (and he’s) always the first to sign up for a committee or offer support where needed.”

As a student in one of the first classes of Brock’s accounting co-op program, John grew up in Niagara, and recalled the program quickly garnered a reputation that other institutes work decades to achieve. He knew shortly after he started attending the University that he made the right decision.

“I have nothing but wonderful things to say about it and how well it prepared me for my Chartered Accountant exams,” he said. (Zoccoli went on to score the highest mark in Niagara on the exam that earned him his Chartered Accountant designation).

Even nearly 30 years after graduating, there aren’t two weeks that go by that he isn’t involved with something happening on the Brock campus, be it with the Goodman School or attending a performance or sporting event with his family. His wife Michelle calls him Mr. Brock.

It’s a moniker he’ll happily continue to have as eldest son Adam is about to start his second year at Brock in health sciences, and his other son, Andrew, plans to study marketing at Brock (”sadly, not accounting,” Mr. Zoccoli noted). Daughter Janyn, in Grade 10, is showing signs of following in her father’s number-crunching footsteps.

 “(I’m) so thankful. I’m humbled, I’m trying to find the right words. To have a longstanding relationship with the University, and now this, is so humbling. There are times I wonder if I deserve it.” John Zoccoli on receiving the Brock University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award 2013

Mr. John Zoccoli, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner


2016 Grad Send-off
March 29, 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm