Calvin Ayre was born in 1961 on a farm near Lloydminster in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. Calvin was an excellent student but his family lacked the financial resources to further his post-secondary education. Undaunted, he launched his first business, renting a truck and running fresh fruit from British Columbia orchards to his friends up north. Calvin earned enough money to pay for his university tuition and went on to earn degrees in business and science.
Relocating to Vancouver in the early 1990’s, Calvin opened an office service business that offered the city’s only high-speed internet connection. His exposure to a number of new internet startup companies led him to launch his own company supplying technology for the nascent online gambling industry. In time, he formed his own online gambling company and the Bodog brand was born.
In a few short years, Calvin built the Bodog site into an industry leader. He then broke with tradition by expanding the brand’s reach into non-gaming elements, including television production companies, the Bodog Music record label and the Bodog Fight mixed martial arts league.
The mainstream business industry took notice, putting Calvin on the 2006 ‘billionaires’ issue of Forbes magazine. Calvin has also appeared on People magazine’s list of the 50 most eligible bachelors and has been profiled on MTV Cribs and VH1’s The Fabulous Life Of….
In 2007, Calvin stepped down from an active role in the online gambling business but kept the rights to the Bodog brand, which he then licensed to other companies in different countries around the globe. A few years later, Calvin launched CalvinAyre.com, a gaming industry news site that has become a hub for industry professionals.
Despite his success, Calvin never forgot his humble upbringing. The Foundation was launched in 2005 as a way for Calvin to share his good fortune with others who may not have been afforded the same opportunities.