Donald A. Wheaton is President and CEO of the Wheaton Group of Companies and the recipient of the 2020 Canadian Business Leader Award.
Donald A. Wheaton is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wheaton Group of
Companies— a family business that was originally established by his father in the late 1940s. A
second-generation entrepreneur, Don began his career with the family business in 1975 after
graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Since taking the helm in 1995, Don has grown the family business with a strong set of values,
innovative thinking, and entrepreneurial leadership. Best known as the name behind one of the
largest automotive retailers in Canada with dealerships from Victoria to Regina, the Wheaton
family business interests have since diversified across Canada into real estate, insurance,
aviation and banking. Today, the First Canadian Financial Group is the largest insurance group
regulated by the Superintendent of Insurance in Alberta and is licensed and doing business in all
provinces in Canada.
A champion of community involvement, Don has served on many community boards over the
years and currently serves on the board of the Edmonton Flying Club, the Fraser Institute, the
University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, and the University of Alberta Advancement Council.
Don is married to Kim and has four children and four grandchildren. All four children currently
work as part of the third-generation in the family businesses.
Announcement - November 5, 2019