John Williams opens J.C. Williams Group Ltd.
February 24, 1936 - September 21, 2019
"I've never worked a day in my life" - John C. Williams
J.C. Williams Group was founded in 1974 by John Williams. John had a prolific international retail career spanning over four decades.
At the age of 15, his first job was in retail as a part-time ‘bagboy’ packing parcels and shelves for 85-cents per hour at a Safeway store in Vancouver while pursuing his studies.
John moved on as a summer salesperson at Eaton's in Vancouver. He quickly rose the ranks to head buyer for women's fashion in Toronto and earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
His work took him from India, the Middle East and England to the USA and Canada. He worked on urban revitalization and applied his customized “WOW! Factor” to stores and malls around the world. For over four decades, he and the J.C. Williams Group have been the go-to experts for Canadian retail. John was inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame in 2013. The award is presented to executives who have demonstrated leadership in advancing and promoting the retail industry as a career and who are strong advocates of retail education and training. This was an honour he cherished.
Today, we are a unique team with valuable brand building/business building experiences and expertise. Our aligned culture has helped create a well-defined Brand purpose that focuses on helping our clients be more successful however they define success.
Bringing his branding and marketing expertise to the firm
J.C Williams Group joins the Ebeltoft Group, an international network of retail consultants. These consultants provide access to retail contacts, market intelligence and clients all over the world, keeping the channel of communication, insight-sharing, and opportunity open.
Bringing strategy, operations, and human resources expertise to the firm
JCWG and Patrick Watt begin co-partnering on retail foodservice-based projects.
Retail Council of Canada inducts John Torella and John Williams into Canadian Retail Hall of Fame
Maureen Atkinson wins Career Service Award from ICSC for research
Lisa Hutcheson and Patrick Watt acquire J.C. Williams Group