Meet Nolan Quinn

Nolan was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, the youngest of five children, to Frank & Karen Quinn. After graduating from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, he continued his studies locally at St. Lawrence College, receiving a diploma in Business Management and Human Resources.

Nolan and his family reside in St. Andrews West, where he and his wife Kimberly are proud parents to three young children, Norah, Nolan Jr. & Nevyn. Kim has worked passionately as a teacher with the Upper Canada District School Board for the last 11 years, currently teaching at Central Public.

Nolan began his professional career working for Saint Elizabeth Health Care, specializing in Human Resource Management. After leaving Saint Elizabeth, he decided to pursue his entrepreneurial goals, returning to manage the business for the last 15 years that gave him his first job, Dairy Queen Cornwall.

Over the years, Nolan has volunteered his time and resources to many community endeavours and charities, working with organizations such as the United Way, the Children’s Treatment Centre, Big Brother’s Big Sister’s, and the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation. Nolan has seen firsthand the caring nature of our community and what we can accomplish when we work together for the good of all.

After being asked to join the Children’s Treatment Centre, Nolan has spent the last three years serving on their Board of Directors, where he is a passionate advocate for children’s mental health and wellbeing.

For a period of six years, Nolan was on the Canadian Franchise Advisory Council for Dairy Queen Canada, representing the stores in Eastern & Northern Ontario. During his terms as chair for his region he sat on numerous sub committees, including the Menu Committee, Cake Committee, & Children’s Miracle Network Committee.

Nolan’s restaurant, with the help of his community and staff, is extremely dedicated to fundraising for our local children’s hospital, CHEO. In 2019, Nolan was honoured to win the Miracle Maker award, which is given annually to the one Canadian DQ franchisee who goes above and beyond for the cause. For two years Nolan spent time on the Dairy Queen/ Orange Julius Franchisee Association of Canada as well as one year on the supply chain board of directors, CDQ CO OP. This experience has given him firsthand knowledge of the struggles faced by many business owners across Ontario.

Through his restaurant, Nolan works to support as many community initiatives as possible. He has given to numerous silent auctions and other events to help with fundraising for different organizations. DQ Cornwall has been the title sponsor of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters golf tournament for ten years. They have also held the sponsorship title of the Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon for over 12 years in support of the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation.