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Tim Young, Campion College High School, B.A. Administration (Regina), M.B.A. (Queen's)

Founding Partner and General Manager, Young’s Equipment

Tim Young

Tim Young graduated from Campion College High School in 1972.

Look up the word “entrepreneur” and you might find a picture of Tim Young. Entrepreneurs break new ground and imbue many qualities of leadership while continuing to find inspiration from the leadership of others. Tim recalls a memorable speech made by Fr. Patrick J. Boyle, SJ, to his football team many years ago about teamwork, sportsmanship and personal values: “I will never forget the powerful emotions that were evoked amongst all the players. I didn’t play that day but I felt that I could have run through walls for my teammates and the school. That evening Father Boyle showed us what it meant to be a leader and, even though we didn’t win the game, that was a life-changing experience for me.”

And, Tim’s greatest accomplishment? ‘Achievement’ and ‘accomplishment’ are words that can be tossed around and interchanged. Ultimately, one’s value system dichotomizes the usage of these terms. Tim touts his family as his greatest accomplishment versus achievements in business, though family together can create great business success.

Tim’s sons, through the years, have contributed to the equipment business that started 29 years ago. “Our oldest son Sean is my partner and the Assistant General Manager of the business… We work closely together on the long-term strategy for the business and he is responsible for the day to day operations.”  The youngest son Patrick, who graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the U of S, helped over the summer months, providing his dad and Sean with a better understanding of the science behind agricultural chemicals. The middle son Chris, who graduated from the U of S with his MD, is completing his residency in Regina.

 “I feel that part of the responsibility for my success is to support and encourage young entrepreneurs in projects that are of interest to me. My philosophy is that I want to wear out, not rust out. I currently have nine separate ventures that I am involved with and that is more than enough.”

His involvement extends beyond helping new start-up businesses into helping non-profit organizations he is passionate about. Again, Tim considers differently his efforts volunteering in support of his family versus ones rooted in the community: “Philanthropy is a responsibility for people who have benefitted from a segment of the greater society to help make society at large more whole.”

In his involvement in fundraising through Dog River Howler’s Rugby Club, he’s lent his support to fundraising for women’s shelters and Hope’s Home in Regina. He was a long serving member on the board of Ranch Ehrlo: “I am very proud of my long term work with organizations such as Ranch Ehrlo for children at risk…I was able to help people that really needed the support.”