Charles Bentall

Charles Bentall has been positively affecting his community ever since arriving in British Columbia in 1908. He was trained as a structural draftsman in England, and found employment with J. Coughlan & Sons in Vancouver. His first jobs included the design of the dome of the Vancouver Court House, now the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the design of the seventeen-story World Building, the tallest building in the British Empire at the time. In 1912, he joined Dominion Construction as an assistant general manager, and by 1920 was the president and majority shareholder. During Mr. Bentall’s tenure, Dominion developed many of Vancouver’s premier commercial real estate properties, diversified into property management, and expanded to other regions of Canada.

A tremendously successful businessman, Mr. Bentall cared very much about the people who worked for him. He founded the New Building Finance Company during the depression to help keep local tradesmen employed by offering low interest loans. Mr. Bentall also maintained close ties to the Baptist Church throughout his career. He served as a trustee for the Convention of Baptist Churches for fifty years, three of them as president. He was a generous benefactor to many and facilitated the building of several Baptist churches. Charles Bentall was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 1986.