Board Chair, HSC Foundation
Tina Jones, O.M. 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 her staff to pursue studies and accreditation at WDCM and 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 50 Below Sports + Entertainment Inc., a dynamic concept that includes The Rink Training Centre, its facility and suite of programs as well as the WHL franchise of the Winnipeg Ice and the MJHL Winnipeg Blues. The Rink Training centre provides 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. These four RHA teams bring unparalleled hockey training along with fine schooling to elite players from across Canada and the USA. The Rink’s success is reflected in a major $25 million Center of Excellence project that was completed in early 2019. Construction is soon to begin on 50 Below’s $80 million sports campus in South Winnipeg.
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. Her fundraising work with dozens of charitable organizations has helped raise tens of millions of dollars in our community. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation Board of Directors.
In recognition of her innovation and accomplishments Tina has been named by the Women’s Executive Network with a 2018 Top 100 Award as one of Canada’s most powerful women. As well, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Manitoba recognized her contributions as Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year 2017; and the University of Manitoba honoured her with the Distinguished Alumni Award 2018.
Ms Jones inherited a strong entrepreneurial spirit from her father Pierluigi Tolaini, who immigrated from Italy and built (from one truck) a highly successful international transport company. Pierluigi fulfilled a lifelong dream to create great Italian wine, and Tina works with him to build the Tolaini wine brand. For Tina, success is built on vision, hard work, building great teams and continually reaching for excellence.
On September 10, 2020, Tina was inducted into the Order of Manitoba, the province’s highest honour.