WESLEY M. NICOL 1931 – 2016
Wesley M. Nicol, an entrepreneur, lawyer, philanthropist, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in Ottawa. An Ottawan by birth, Wes obtained his BA at Carleton University before graduating from Osgoode Law School and being called to the Bar of Ontario in 1958. In 1966, Wes founded Tartan Homes, one of Ottawa’s most successful homebuilders that is today managed by his sons. In 1997, Wes launched the Nicol Award to foster entrepreneurship across the country. He and his wife also established the Wesley and Mary Nicol Charitable Foundation, which focuses on addressing issues in our community. Wes himself won numerous honours, including Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Carleton University. He was likewise appointed to the Order of Canada for his role in fostering entrepreneurship, and was most recently honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and Ottawa Business Journal.