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Waterloo Region, Hallman Foundation, Entrepreneur, Business success story, Biography, Construction industry, Family business

The Hallman Legacy
Impact of the Hallman Family in Waterloo Region
by John G. Fast

In South Central Ontario, the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation has contributed almost $90 million to Waterloo Region for social, educational, and mental health services since 2004. It is one of Canada’s largest philanthropic trusts. Yet, despite this profound impact, the Hallman legacy is not well known—it’s been rather a well-kept secret … until now.

The Hallman Legacy: Impact of the Hallman Family in Waterloo Region is a memoir of the Hallman business family and the unique leadership of three men: Lyle Hallman, Peter Hallman, and Jim Hallman. It recounts how the family business began, how it grew, and how out of years of family turbulence, a succession crisis, and unforeseen tragedy, a legacy was created that gave birth to a granting foundation that continues to do good for many people.

This book is also a celebration—it marks the 100-year milestone of Lyle S. Hallman and 75 years of Hallman Construction. May the Hallmans’ captivating journey inspire you to join the drive to do good in our communities.

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Dr. John Fast is the founding partner and president of Family Enterprise Solutions, a management consulting and training organization that serves family and closely held businesses.

After a career teaching at universities in both the United States and Canada, in 1997, John co-founded the Centre for Family Business, affiliated with the University of Waterloo. He has co-authored books and curriculum used by professionals and family firms, including the Agri-Succession Case Study Commentary. His 2007 book, The Family Business Doctor: Ensuring the Long-Term Health of Your Business Family, continues to help business families meet their unique challenges in hopeful and constructive ways. John is also a founding partner of Power TakeOff, headquartered in Denver and Waterloo, developing software and data analytics to help organizations achieve greater energy efficiency.

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