Tina Jones is a highly successful Manitoba entrepreneur, community contributor and philanthropist. She is owner of Banville & Jones Wine Company and principal of Wine & Drinks College Manitoba (WDCM), which have grown into the largest private wine store and destination wine school in Manitoba. Tina has reached for the highest international standards, creating opportunities for advanced wine and spirit studies at WDCM through the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, and the Wine Scholar Guild. She has expanded the impact of wine education to develop the award-winning magazine, The Cellar Door.
Tina is also an active partner in the dynamic concept The Rink Training Centre, providing innovative individual skill development to all levels of hockey players. Tina and her partner Brad Rice are also pioneers in Winnipeg, with the first Canadian Sports School Hockey League teams with the Rink Hockey Academy and a newly completed $25 million Center of Excellence project. The partnership has also recently expanded to British Columbia with the exciting new Pursuit of Excellence acquisition to create The Rink Kelowna. Tina’s work also extends to partnership in Winnipeg’s popular Green Carrot Juice Company, a concept for fresh, cold-pressed juices that has grown exponentially since its inception in 2014.
Tina’s energy and creativity have also made her a tireless community builder. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation Board of Directors. Her distinguished work with HSC Foundation has raised record funds and touched thousands of Manitobans. Her creative leadership in community work has also brought tens of millions of dollars to other Manitoba charitable organizations.
In recognition of Tina’s community service, innovation and accomplishments she has been awarded the Order of Manitoba, Manitoba’s highest honour (2020). The designation recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement, benefiting in an outstanding manner the social, cultural or economic well-being of Manitoba and its residents. She has also been named by the Women’s Executive Network with a Top 100 Award as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women (2018). The Association of Fundraising Professionals Manitoba recognized her as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year (2017); and the University of Manitoba has honoured her with the Distinguished Alumni Award (2018).
For Tina, success is built on vision, hard work, building great teams and continually reaching for excellence.