Paul, a native of St. John’s, lived in the district of Windsor Lake for 15 years. For 23 years his father owned and operated Antle’s Irving on Torbay Road. It was there Paul got his first job pumping gas, handling cash, and operating the car wash. Paul’s dad taught him the value of hard work and how important it is to treat people with respect.
Paul came from a family of eight and grew up in a modest bungalow. He was the first person in his family to graduate from university. And like many people, he needed student loans. From his parent’s basement on Jasper Street, he started his first business with nothing. He had the determination and spirit to build on that modest beginning, and today he employs well over 400 people across the province. Paul has had to work for everything he has achieved.
From his early business career in his parent’s basement, he went on to pioneer environmental industries provincially, nationally, and internationally, developing and exporting environmental technology to four continents and working in 15 countries.
Today, Paul has diversified his business interests through businesses like the 130-year-old St. John’s Dockyard (Newdock) and Humber Motors Ford on the west coast. His private investment company, Pluto Investments Inc., has invested in many local businesses ranging from an analytical laboratory to an education technology company.
Simply put, Paul has decades of experience putting together highly successful, complicated multi-million-dollar deals.
Paul graduated from Memorial with a B.Sc. in chemistry and went on to receive a master’s degree in chemical engineering. He attended Harvard Business School, and upon graduation was voted co-valedictorian by his classmates.
Paul spearheaded the campaign to raise $6.5 million for Rainbow Riders, which supports children and youth with disabilities. He and his wife contribute to many community causes like Stella’s Circle, Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Bannerman Park Foundation. Paul actively supports the local arts community – during his term as chair of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, he returned the orchestra to sound financial footing from a significant deficit.
Paul’s professional and personal contributions have been extensively recognized.
- Memorial University Alumni of the Year (2018)
- Alumni Award of Distinction, UNB (2018)
- Inducted into Newfoundland and Labrador Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame (2017)
- Inducted into the Atlantic Business Hall of Fame (2015)
- Canada-China Business Council Excellence Award (2015)
- EY Atlantic Canada Entrepreneur of the Year – Business-to-Business Category (2014)
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (201
- Gonzaga Alumnus of the Year (2003)
- Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ (2002)
- Newfoundland Environmental Industry Association Award – Individual Contribution (2002)
- Business Achievement Award for Growth in Domestic/Export Markets (1999)
- World Young Business Achiever Award (1997)
- Newfoundland and Labrador Export Award – Large Service Company Category (1996)
- Inducted into Newfoundland Academy of Entrepreneurs (1995)
Paul and his wife, Renee, have three children – Mark (30), Soleil (6), and Cleo (5).