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Chairman, Ziraldo Estate Winery
2011 Distinguished Leader
Dr. Donald Ziraldo is a Canadian wine industry pioneer who has persevered against the odds and pushed the limits to establish what has become a vibrant and growing Canadian wine industry. Through his tireless efforts, Canadian icewine has become an internationally-recognized luxury brand. He was also instrumental in establishing the Vintner's Quality Alliance to help brand Ontario wines made with 100% local product.
A recipient of an honorary doctorate from Brock University, the Order of Canada and Financial Post Magazine’s Top 25 CEO’s of the Century, Donald Ziraldo is known globally as the co-founder of Inniskillin Wines. He has since launched two new icewines — Equifera and Ziraldo — and has recently been appointed managing director of Senhora do Convento, a unique and beautiful Port winery in Portugal that Dr. Ziraldo has been charged with bringing to the world stage.
In 2008, Dr. Ziraldo was awarded the Premio Masi, and in 2010 the Folio d'Oro in Italy. He is also the Board Chairman of Mobilotto Inc., a Director of the Shaw Festival Theatre and a Director of Shaftsbury Films.