As a business leader in his community, John Ryan’s strong vision has led to the revitalization of the Terrace economy and has provided a significant boost to its citizens. After a four-year mill closure in Terrace, morale in the community and employment were very low. Through his vision and belief in Terrace, John was able to inspire a plan to purchase the sawmill. John was successful in uniting former employees and business investors, developing a working relationship with First Nations neighbours, and rejuvenating an entire economy. He is today recognized for his tenacity, vision and sincere desire to see the citizens of the Northern communities proper and grow.