Alumni Faith Tull and Ryan Knight inducted into Sheridan’s Pilon School of Business Hall of Fame
Published by Sheridan Newsroom on June 30, 2021
Dr. Anne-Liisa Longmore, Dean, Pilon School of Business, is proud to announce the 2021 inductees for the Pilon School of Business Hall of Fame. Faith Tull and Ryan Knight are this year’s inductees, recognized for their outstanding achievements and the stellar contributions they have made to industry and the community.
Tull is a 1988 graduate of Sheridan’s Business Administration, Marketing, diploma program. A highly accomplished global human resources leader who inspires and motivates others to aim for success, Tull is currently a consultant and a York University instructor. She has also held leadership roles in human resources in a variety of industries, including Intelex Technologies, ULC/Industrial Scientific Corp., Randstad Canada, and First Canadian Title. She also made significant contributions in her roles at Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline and Husky Injection Molding.
Passionate about giving back, Tull provides mentorship and coaching to aspiring and seasoned business professionals. She also volunteers with multiple organizations in the Black community.
Accepting her induction, Tull said she was honoured and humbled to join the Hall of Fame. “This was totally unexpected but completely appreciated. I am grateful to Sheridan for this distinction, and I hope this serves as a testament to women and people of colour that with the support and allyship of academic institutions like Sheridan, career success is everyone’s success,” she says.
Knight, a 2012 graduate of the Business Administration, Accounting program, is the inaugural inductee into the Recent Graduate category, established to honour alumni who have made significant contributions to business within 10 years of graduation. He is the President and Co-Founder of the Afro-Caribbean Business Network (ACBN), which works to promote equity and remove historical barriers faced by Black business owners. Knight is equally committed to nurturing entrepreneurship skills among youth, and provides young students with the opportunity to run a summer franchise through Detailing Knights, a mobile auto-cleaning company he founded in 2009.
He is also a social enterprise coach for the Youth Entrepreneurs’ Innovation Space, and acts as a leader at Empowered 4X, a business accelerator targeted at supporting start-ups from traditionally underrepresented communities. He is a volunteer board member for the Peel Learning Foundation, which assists families living in poverty, and a board member of Social Economy Through Social Inclusion.
Knight says the Hall of Fame was a source of inspiration to him as a student. “If it wasn’t for the Hall of Fame, I wouldn’t be here. As a student, I used to study in the Hall of Fame at the Davis Campus and look at the photos on the walls. I’d tell myself that to get there, I had to pass my class. That’s what drove me to do better, and I’m extremely honoured to now be inducted into the Hall. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without Sheridan,” he says.
“Faith Tull and Ryan Knight have distinguished themselves in their professions with their business acumen and tenacity. They are a true inspiration to our current students,” says Longmore. “Not only have they achieved success for themselves, they are committed to paying it forward, giving back to the community, and raising others to reach the same heights by providing mentorship. We are proud to welcome Faith and Ryan to the Business Hall of Fame.”
Sheridan’s Pilon School of Business Hall of Fame was established in 2006 to honour the accomplishments of outstanding Business alumni who are leaders in industry. Election to the Sheridan Business Hall of Fame acknowledges business prominence and distinguished contributions to industry.