Mike Cordoba
Mike Cordoba
Founding Partner
Empresario Capital

Mike Cordoba

Founding Partner @ Empresario Capital

Mike Cordoba is one of the founding partners of Empresario Capital Partners, which currently has investment holdings and operational involvement in the foodservice, social enterprise and automotive industries.

Mike is a highly active and driven entrepreneur. His experience includes managing a portfolio of public and private companies in excess of $1 billion in total revenue in various industries including restaurants, retail, manufacturing and processing, and real estate. In his executive capacity, he has built companies from the ground up to become industry leaders in their segments. In his over 20 years of hands-on operational experience he has held various senior roles including Executive Vice President of Finance, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

Mike is part of the ownership group, a director, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Mr. Lube Canada. He sits on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University and Simon Fraser Community Corporation and is also on the advisory boards of Waterstone Human Capital, and Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture and CEO.

He is a Chartered Accountant, graduate of Business from Simon Fraser University and is one of Canada’s top 40 under 40 award winners.

Mike is an enthusiastic supporter of many community groups with a personal passion for organizations focused on children’s health and well-being.

Keith Cross
Keith Cross
Board Chair, Chair Audit Committee
RLG International

Keith Cross

Board Chair, Chair Audit Committee @ RLG International

Keith Cross was born and raised in Penticton in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. He attended the University of British Columbia where he graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his MBA from the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor.

Keith met his wife, Heather (Donegani) at UBC. Keith and Heather have three grown children and two grandsons.

In business, Keith cut his teeth work leading construction and maintenance teams across British Columbia with the Canadian Pacific Railway and as an analyst and executive with Ted Rogers in the cable and cellular business.

Following a value instilled in him by his mother – “to take the road less travelled” – Keith turned down a very attractive offer from JR Shaw to join his executive team in Edmonton, Alberta, instead joining a two person consulting team that became RLG International (RLG).

Under Keith’s and his three partners’ leadership, RLG grew to a 300+ person organization operating in 33 countries on five continents.

RLG partners with companies to create an immediate, lasting impact on financial performance and corporate culture, and is guided by the vision to make business excellence a personal journey.

Clients are multinational Fortune 50 corporations in the aviation, oil and gas, forest products, manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, defense, agriculture and transportation sectors.

RLG is a twelve-time recipient of Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award, most recently named to this prestigious ranking in February 2018.

Keith stepped away as President in 2015 and from the Senior Executive team in 2016. He remains a Director, Shareholder and Chair of the Audit committee of RLG.

Keith is committed to education, community and philanthropy having served on the business school advisory boards of the Beedie School of Business (Simon Fraser University), Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria) and the Sauder School of Business (UBC).

Currently, Keith is the Chair of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute at UBC and the Capilano University Foundation.

John Nicola
John Nicola
Chairman & CEO
Nicola Wealth Management

John Nicola

Chairman & CEO @ Nicola Wealth Management

A veteran of the financial services industry since 1974, John provides strategic leadership to Nicola Wealth Management, exercising his passion for providing innovative solutions to clients’ complex problems.

His areas of expertise include investment management, estate and financial planning, as well as business planning with a focus on best practices for wealth building, exit strategies, and shareholder agreements.

John has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired CEOs, and is the recipient of the 2015 Business In Vancouver CEO of the Year Award (small‐medium private company). In 2011, he was selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Financial and Professional Services in the Pacific Region after having been a finalist in 2010.

He is a Founding Member of CALU (Conference for Life Underwriters) and has continued to contribute to the organization, serving as the Chair for the 2003 annual meeting. Additionally, John was the 2015 Chair of the Canuck Place Hospice Society Board of Directors and continues to sit on the board. Using his business acumen, he has served and advised several not‐for‐profit organizations.

The list of groups John has spoken to over the last several years includes:

  • Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting
  • The Financial Advisors association of Canada (Advocis)
  • Canadian Association of Financial Planners (CAFP)
  • Pacific Business Law Institute
  • Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU)
  • Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU)
  • Million Dollar Round Table and Top of the Table
  • Pacific Dental Conference
  • Canadian Institute of Actuaries
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC
  • Certified General Accountants Association

Married for over 40 years, John and Claire enjoy many activities including the outdoors, traveling, golf, tennis, running, and spending time with their three sons, three daughters‐in‐law, and three beautiful grandchildren. NWM manages over $4‐billion in assets for affluent families, entrepreneurs, business owners, and institutions across Canada.

Laurie Schultz
Laurie Schultz
President & CEO
ACL

Laurie Schultz

President & CEO @ ACL

Laurie Schultz is responsible for leading the transformation of ACL’s global business by mobilizing talent toward category disruption and double-digit growth.

With over 25 years of experience in software and technology sectors, Laurie has led 12 multimillion-dollar software P&Ls spanning the personal finance, small business accounting, SaaS, ERP, business intelligence, and GRC categories. Holding prior leadership positions with Sage, Intuit, KPMG, and TELUS, Laurie has both doubled revenues and doubled profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the “right critical few.”

Since being appointed CEO of ACL in 2011, Laurie has successfully pivoted the company from hard sales of software to a software-as-a-service model with over 300 employees and to accolades as one of Canada’s top employers.

Laurie is a strong advocate for technology and serves as the board chair of the BC Tech Association. Her voice is an important contributor to the Canadian technology landscape and she is a preeminent thought leader published in media outlets such as the Huffington Post and the Globe and Mail.

She has received multiple leadership awards, including being named to the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2017 and 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women list, the 2015 Gold Stevie® Award for Female Executive of the Year, the YWCA’s 2015 “Women of Distinction” award, Business in Vancouver’s 2014 “Women of Influence” award, and the Minerva Foundation’s 2013 “Excellence in Leadership” award. Laurie has also been featured as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in IT Channel (2011) and in the Top 100 Women in the North America Channel (2012).

Laurie holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from University of Alberta. She proudly makes her home in Vancouver with her husband, two children and their dog, Stripe.