Wes Hall is at the top of his game. The newest “dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Hall is the founder of Kingsdale Advisors, where he has earned the title as one of the most influential businesspeople in Canada, orchestrating multi-billion-dollar deals for Canada’s corporate elite. From giant mergers and acquisitions to boldly fighting systemic racism, Hall makes big things happen.
Ranked 16 on Maclean’s magazine’s 2021 list of the “50 most powerful people in Canada”, Hall grew up in rural Jamaica, where he, along with his 13 siblings, was raised by his grandmother in a tin shack. He moved to Canada in his teens where he worked a string of jobs to put himself through university, and eventually ended up on Bay Street. At age 34, he founded Kingsdale Advisors, and now, at the top of his game, he works to breakdown barriers for the next generation of black leaders.
In June 2020, Hall founded the Black North Initiative (BNI) to challenge businesses to put an end to anti-black systemic barriers. He is also an instructor at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto, where he teaches Black Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Canada, a first-of-its-kind course in North America.
Hall is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading national environmental and industrial services provider; and Harbor Club hotel, one of St. Lucia’s premier resorts. In 2021, he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards for his exceptional leadership in business.
Hall’s success and reputation has led him to the 16th season of CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Joining fellow “dragons” Arlene Dickinson and Michele Romanow, he aims to create more opportunities for up and coming BIPOC entrepreneurs.
Recognized for his custom suits and fast cars, Hall is also known for his generosity, leveraging his business success to benefit others. He sits on the board for SickKids Foundation, Pathways to Education, Toronto International Film Festival, and The Black Academy. He is also the founder and chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism.
A dedicated husband and father of five, Hall lives in Toronto.