Angelina Leo and Peter Nygard 

Most people talk about Peter J. NygÂrd, Chairman of NYG≈RD (International), in terms of his classic rags-to-riches story ñ the Finnish immigrants' son, who stitched up an empire out of women's clothing and is now the quintessential self-made man.

This story overlooks another side of Peter NygÂrd ñ a hard driven man who has created a standard of excellence for the Canadian Womenís Fashion Industry, whose label is the #1 recognized label in the Canadian marketplace, and whose signature is recognized in fashion centres across the globe.

Peter NygÂrdís success story began when he gathered his life savings and borrowed $8,000 capital to purchase 20% of a womenís garment manufacturer with $800,000 in annual sales, which within a few years he owned outright - renaming it 'NYG≈RD' & turning it around from near bankruptcy into the bustling dynasty that it is today! The speed with which NygÂrd claimed his #1 position in the industry is attributed to the uniqueness of his business decisions and his work ethic that includes 14-16 hour days/seven days a week. But then again, as NygÂrd says, "The only time you are working is when you wish you were doing something else".

Angelina Leo at Peter Nygard Reception