Bill Ballard Profile
President, Orion Capital; Director, Northfield Capital Corporation
1969 BA Honours (Geography)
The athletic leadership of Bill Ballard at Laurier is the stuff of legend. In his graduating year, Ballard was President of the Student Union and a Letterman’s Jacket Holder. He also convinced the Board of Governors to build a university athletic facility on the corner of King and University streets. It took four years, but construction began in 1973, and the Laurier Athletic Complex has since been home to many Laurier Golden Hawk varsity athletic teams.
Ballard has also become one of the most consistent, significant contributors to the Golden Hawks over the last 30 years. He was the lead donor to the 2007 University Stadium and Knight-Newbrough Field renovations, and the construction of Alumni Field. The Country Roads Athletic Bursary Fund was also created and funded by Ballard. He now ranks in the Laurier Visionary category for his generous support of our institution. In 2009, he entered Laurier’s Hall of Fame as a Builder.
Ballard is President of Orion Capital, a private company that specializes in financing in the Resource Sector. He has also served on numerous public boards of American, European and Canadian companies and currently serves as a Director of Northfield Capital Corporation. His other companies include BCL Entertainment, Next Adventure Inc, TNA International, and Concert Productions International – a major, world-wide promoter of live entertainment. He is also co-founder of Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Toronto Entertainment District, and has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1975.
Other degrees: JD, York University