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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
September 1, 2015

Canadian Excellence


Alan Quarry, Chairman & CEO, Quarry Integrated Communications

A long-time supporter of Laurier's School of Business & Economics, Alan has taught undergraduate (BU472) and MBA (BU692) classes at Laurier since 1992.†

Alan started Accelerate Design in 1988, acquired Ratchford Design in 1990, and also started dBasics Database Marketing in 1990. Interchange Interactive was founded in 1994 and Quintext Information design in 1995. Alan was one of the founding partners of Hughes and Hand Advertising in Toronto which is now MotumB2B. He merged Accelerate, Ratchford, dBasics, Interchange and Quintext together in 1999 to form Quarry Integrated Communications. Quarry Integrated USA Inc. opened in Dallas Texas in 2000 and is now located in Raleigh, North Carolina.†

Currently, Chairman of Quarry Integrated Communications, Alan began the business in 1983 in the basement of his fatherís family home. Since that time, his business has become a major force in the advertising industry with over 95 employees throughout Canada and the United States.

"The Laurier business students I have met, taught and recruited over the past 15 years are some of the smartest and most focused young adults in North America," says Quarry. "These people are going to create a bright and entrepreneurial future. This is a dream assignment for me."††

Alan was nominated for the Ernst & Young Regional 'Entrepreneur of the Year' in 1998 and 2008. He was awarded the Waterloo Region Award of Excellence for Entrepreneurship in 1992.