It was with heavy hearts that family, friends and industry leaders mourned the death of wine merchant John (Jack) Hanna who passed away on November 15, 2015.
Jack was a remarkable man and a respected member of the wine trade, having founded his company John Hanna & Sons Ltd. with his son Ian Hanna in 1978. Over the decades, the company grew to become one of Canada’s oldest and most respected family-owned wine and spirit import companies in the world.
Aside from Jack’s love of good wine, friends and competitors remember Jack as generous with his time and money, always eager to help those in need.
It was in this spirit that Jack’s family members and loved ones pooled together monetary support to establish a scholarship fund in recognition of Jack’s dedication to the wine industry and to young people who share his passion.
The "John Hanna Advanced Wine & Beverage Business Management Graduate Scholarship” provides financial support to students enrolled in George Brown’s Advanced Wine & Beverage Management program at George Brown College, who have a commitment and spirit of dedication to the study of wine and the wine beverage industry.
In October 2016, the Glenfarclas Distillery, a family owned Scottish partner of John Hanna & Sons, made an additional contribution of $50,000 towards the fund in Jack’s memory.
"All of us at Glenfarclas are delighted to have contributed to this scholarship,” said John L.S. Grant, Chairman of Glenfarclas Distillery, who presented the cheque to the George Brown College Foundation.
“Jack was the first person to get our brand on to the shelves in Canada and has a special place in our history. For that alone, we will always be grateful."