Having an established track record of business accomplishments of helping companies deliver outstanding results, Oliver has extensive experience in helping organizations turnaround their business success. As a MacKay CEO Forum Chair, Oliver brings with him over 25 years of leadership and management experience with some of Canada’s largest national retail chains, including Canadian Tire and Shoppers Drug Mart. He has also held senior executive positions in operations, sales and marketing with North America’s largest grocery Co-operative, Calgary Co-op and Canada’s largest publicly owned Canadian craft Brewery, Calgary’s own Big Rock Brewery.
Oliver is the Founder of Sonic Breakthrough Coaching and as a business and executive coach, he has worked with companies in over two dozen industries and has helped numerous clients improve employee performance and morale and convert negative sales and profit performance into successful financial results. He is a turnaround specialist with the ability to empower clients to analyze deficiencies, then develop and execute plans to create meaningful change and deliver spectacular results. He helps good businesses breakthrough to great!
As a Business Coach Oliver is comfortable working with clients at the Executive and Management levels to develop and implement proven business concepts, which are guaranteed to generate positive results and returns. He also works with employees to help them achieve superior performance in their jobs and careers. He frequently works with companies to formulate plans in key success areas, including corporate change, strategic planning, leadership, management, delegation, sales, marketing, productivity, growth, decision making and execution.
In addition to his extensive coaching and leadership development work, Oliver is also the co-founder of “100 Men Who Give A Damn” Calgary, an organization of community-minded men who raise money for local charities. Oliver has also won several networking awards, including the distinguished “Regional Master Networker of the Year” for Southern Alberta and is the only person to win the “Notable Networker of the Year” award three years in a row from Business Networking International.
Oliver is an accomplished facilitator, keynote speaker and coach. He also has several coaching certifications, including Motivating by Appreciation® at work. Oliver lives in Calgary and has four grown children who also live in the Calgary area. When he is not working he enjoys meditating, spending time in the Rocky Mountains and camping.
Kevin Barwin has over 20 years of business experience as a leader and entrepreneur. His current organization offers effective consulting and coaching to HR leaders within organizations who may be facing career challenges, transitions, succession planning and/or leadership development considerations.
Kevin was the recipient of the “Top Forty under 40” awarded by the Ottawa Business Journal for his commitment to professional excellence and contributions to the community.
As a results-driven executive, Kevin has built a reputation within the industry based on his strong leadership, strategic thinking and an expert in building top-producing business relationships. He responds to business challenges with confidence, determination and focus.
Kevin is currently the Founding Partner of Clariti Group Inc. and has previously held executive leadership roles in the technology and Human Resources space with companies such as Overlay TV, Lumenera Corporation, Zequra Technologies and Corel Corporation.
Kevin is an avid Board and Committee member, he is Past President of the Ottawa Chapter of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), a Board Member of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and Vice Chair of the Grants & Evaluation Committee and also sits on the Board for Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa. Kevin holds an MBA from McMaster University and a BA in Mathematics from Queens University.
Away from Kevin’s successful professional practice, he is a world-class skier, passionate about his fitness, and always manages to find the best deals on hotels.
Katie has been coaching executives and executive teams since 1999. Katie brings a unique blend of positive energy, inspiration and laser insight to all of her clients. She has an uncanny ability to make the complex, simple; to coax leaders out of their comfort zone; to build high degrees of trust with a group very quickly; and to hold people accountable to their results.
Katie is the sole owner of Double Black Diamond Coaching, where her work focuses on the intersection of three key areas: Developing the leader around both leadership and career; Creating high functioning executive teams; and facilitating strategic planning to establish alignment and accountability. Her go-to methodology includes models and texts such as The Five Dysfunctions of a Team; The Rockefeller Habits; The Power of Full Engagement; Good to Great, and Primal Leadership. Katie’s corporate coaching clients include CEO’s and executive team members from large organizations through entrepreneurial businesses. Her industry experience includes: technology; wealth management; commercial real estate; big pharma; clean tech; media; advertising; insurance; construction; and manufacturing and more.
Prior to coaching, Katie spent 11 years as an advertising executive in both Toronto and Vancouver, rising to the senior management position of Group Account Director, overseeing some of the world’s largest brands at some of the world’s largest agencies including Ogilvy and Mather and BBDO.
Katie holds an honours degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (1989), is a certified coach with The Coaches Training Institute (2000). She is also certified in Disc, Stakeholder Centered Coaching, and the Booth 360. Katie has been published in the Globe and Mail over 70 times.
Personally, she and her husband Jim have been married since 1997, and is proud mother of 2 boys, Jake and Tyler. When she is not watching the boys play football, basketball, soccer or ski race, you will find her on the ski slopes at Whistler, and biking and running on the trails on the north shore of Vancouver, trying to fulfill her passion each day for living a Double Black Diamond life.
Anne Bermingham has been a confidante and advisor to CEOs and other senior Executives for 18 years. She is relied upon for her ability to provide strategic and tactical people-oriented advice. She is an engaging facilitator who offers insightful feedback one-on-one and in group situations.
Anne graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Masters in Applied Social Psychology, with the intention on helping organizations thrive, by improving the performance of their people. She worked for a national outplacement firm before starting her own successful consultancy – 2WA Consulting. She has been an entrepreneur and business owner since 1996.
Her work is primarily in the fields of leadership and performance, with an emphasis on how to ensure people actually change their behaviour and attitudes in order to be more effective. Sometimes she works with teams and other times the work is to help change the culture within an organization. She has worked in the private, public and not for profit sectors, spread across the telecommunications, manufacturing, social services, municipal, provincial and federal government sectors.
Her strengths are her ability to read a room which makes her a highly sought after facilitator. As well, she brings tremendous warmth to a room and has the ability to create an atmosphere that leads to open and meaningful dialogue.
She is an active, long-time Rotarian and spends her social time on the golf course and around the dining room table with friends and family.
With more than 25 years in C-suite leadership positions (CEO and CFO) in both private and public companies in a variety of industries, Richard is uniquely positioned to provide hands-on consulting and coaching to help businesses close performance gaps and accelerate their rate of revenue growth. He gives owners and executives practical and actionable tools and helps them raise and/or reorganize their capital structure.
As CEO for XCel Advisory Group, a professional services firm that serves the small and midmarket business sector in the interior of BC, Richard’s work involves facilitating the analysis of existing strategies and practices, identifying areas for improvement and developing innovative strategies related to the client’s business goals.
Richard is also an accomplished Gazelles International Scaling Up business coach and has worked with many small and medium-sized businesses’ senior leadership teams. His clients appreciate his innate ability to focus on where their business is truly profitable and how to grow by directly engaging with them in formulating and implementing business best practices and strategic business plans.
Richard is passionate about helping others – whether family, friend, not-for-profit organization or business colleague, Richard is always available to lend a hand.
In his spare time, Richard enjoys cooking for friends and family and exploring the vast Okanagan wine industry.
As a highly regarded business, leadership and executive coach, Gary is a trusted advisor who has been helping senior leaders accelerate performance and results since 1997. He does this by combining and leveraging his professional coaching certification, corporate marketing expertise, and strong business planning background, together with strategic insight, creativity and positive energy.
Gary’s “bottom line” is all about helping clients achieve the greater success that comes from being clear and confident when making important decisions and taking action regarding where they are now, where they want to go, and how to get there – in a way that works best for them.
Gary is particularly passionate about helping organizations excel in three areas he’s learned through his many engagements over the years are key to successfully creating an inspired organization that delivers the very best results: purpose, strategy and people.
As Gary has often been quoted saying, “while engagement is great, feeling inspired is even better”, and something today’s most forward-thinking and growth-oriented Presidents, CEO’s and other senior leaders are increasingly focusing on.
Prior to launching his own business, Gary spent a decade rising through the ranks of the sales and marketing departments of two Fortune 500 organizations.
Intelligent, responsible, friendly, connected, supportive and trustworthy are additional attributes people commonly use to describe Gary, and are indicative of the strengths and contributions he brings to any relationship he’s involved in. Active in the community, Gary has served as Executive Director of two non-profit business associations, and as a Board Director/Advisory Council Member for a number of not-for-profit and private companies.
Outside of work, Gary enjoys white water kayaking, golf, cycling, hiking and spending time with his wife, three children and two dogs.
Kerry is a highly sought after results oriented business and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience working with CEOs and their teams in the areas of leadership and team development, performance management and strategic planning both nationally and internationally. She is the CEO and co-founder of Success Biz Coach, a coaching, consulting and training firm.
As a skilled coach, Kerry is valued for her excellent listening skills, insight, wisdom and the ability to get to the heart of an issue quickly to develop strategies to get the desired results. An inspiring key note speaker and gifted facilitator, Kerry is passionate about supporting her clients to create high performance teams that are committed to fulfilling the organization’s vision and values. Kerry is a continuous learner and holds an advanced certification in business coaching with the Professional Business Coaches Alliance, and holds certifications as a Mastermind Executive Coach, Creating What Matters, the Life Pilot program, Extended DISC, EQ2.0 and EQ2.0 360 with MHS.
After graduating from the University of Victoria with a degree in Anthropology, Kerry spent 12 years as a top producing real estate agent and owned her own real estate office and was a sales and marketing trainer for two international organizations. Kerry was most recently awarded Coach of the Year – Western North America Region by the Professional Business Coaches Alliance, an alliance of over 100 licensed professional business coaches.
An engaged community leader Kerry has sat on many local boards and founded a business networking group for women in business.
Kerry is grateful to live in Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island with her husband of 36 years and her son, where she spends her time painting, biking and staying fit, spending time with her rich circle of friends and travelling the world.
Well regarded for removing barriers and enabling change, Doug brings his passions for disruptive innovation and problem solving to his role as a MacKay CEO Forum Chair. Doug has over 30 years of accomplishments as an executive with global experience across Consumer Goods, Beverages, Wireless Telecom, Broadband Infrastructure, Data Analytics, Tourism and even Matchmaking.
Doug built his core analytic capabilities and his ability to identify and address needs while at P&G and Cadbury Schweppes in brand management. He then ventured into executive positions with Global Technology Leaders including Motorola, PMC-Sierra, and ACL, and drove global demand for Intrawest as SVP Marketing.
An accomplished facilitator, Doug brings passion for disruptive innovation, problem solving and removing barriers to growth. Over his career he has led significant initiatives including the development of network based voice recognition while at Rogers, and the global launch of the Motorola StarTAC. After moving to Vancouver in 2000, he helped PMC-Sierra establish a strong beachhead in Asia, and ACL to penetrate Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, and his ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors / Rotman Business School. A well-respected Director, he has served on the Boards of the BCTIA, Citizens Bank, and Coast Capital Savings. Today, Doug serves on the Board of Canlan Ice Sports (TSX:ICE), and is Chairman of Aprio Governance Software.
Doug is an Executive Advisor with the High Impact Firm Initiative at BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada), helping to guide Canada’s highest potential mid-sized firms to new heights.
Doug and his wife Jacquie live in West Vancouver with their Wheaton Terrier Murphy, and have 4 grown children in BC and Ontario. Doug enjoys skiing, cycling, kayaking and hockey…and travelling!
Paul has a unique passion to understand, help and implement meaningful change with leaders and their organizations. For the past 15 years, Paul has worked with businesses, owners, their teams and their families to understand, structure and implement risk management solutions related to commercial lending, foreign exchange, and holistic wealth management.
Paul is a Private Wealth Manager with Quadrant Private Wealth, concentrating on helping business owners and their families plan today, tomorrow and into the future.
His experience also extends through entrepreneurship, as he pursued a career on the stage as an opera singer, studying and singing across Canada and into the USA. In the community, he is the Co-Founder of Polycoro, a professional chamber choir, Treasurer of Flipside Opera, Chair of Agape Villa Life Lease, and is up for nomination to the Board of Trustee’s with Manitoba Opera in the summer of 2019.
Vincent Bryant has a proven track record of leading business transformations and improving performance in a wide-range of sectors. He has advised and supported global executive teams on preparing businesses for sale and shaped, successfully established and led a number of M&A projects including the design and implementation of target operating models in the technology, professional services, public and financial services sectors.
Before establishing his Vancouver based consulting firm, AvilivA Consulting, Vincent worked in industry and later, management consulting with Logica (now CGI), KPMG and EY. Most recently he worked in Executive Development with two of the world’s leading business schools; UBC Sauder School of Business in Vancouver and Warwick Business School in the UK.
Vincent currently teaches Executing Strategy and Business Transformation courses at the UBC Sauder School of Business. He read Mathematics at University College London holds an MBA in Strategy & Finance from Warwick Business School, is a Certified Management Consultant, a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is a past nationally elected member of the UK Institute of Management Consultants.
Vincent lives in North Vancouver with his wife Caroline. They have two sons who are currently studying and working in China and the UK. In his spare time Vincent enjoys running, cycling, hiking, skiing and cooking and spending as much time as possible outdoors.
Sasja is a forum chair, executive coach, and leadership and culture development specialist who partners with organizations to create cultures of excellence. Sasja is passionate about supporting leaders to develop their potential and create organizational cultures where people thrive.
Sasja is a Partner for Dynamic Achievement, a consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations achieve excellence through mindset and culture transformation. With a passion for leadership and organizational development that results in high performing teams and amazing customer experiences, Sasja helps businesses accelerate their performance. Her areas of expertise include leadership and team development, organizational culture, communication and conflict resolution, employee engagement, and customer service excellence.
Prior to consulting, Sasja served in leadership roles within organizations in BC and Ontario, culminating in the role of Vice President of Culture for a fast-growing automotive group. Sasja has a Masters in Leadership and is a Certified Professional Coach with advanced certification in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching process for executives. Her coaching practice focuses on helping leaders create positive and sustainable behaviour changes that improve their business results.
Sasja lives in North Vancouver with her husband and young daughter. She loves the outdoors and can be found hiking, running, and biking (or more often chasing her daughter). When not busy ‘doing’, she can be found simply ‘being’ in her meditation and yoga practice.
Colin is deeply passionate about helping people and organizations move forward. He coaches CEOs and executives, helps leadership teams level up their performance, and runs workshops and speaking engagements on topics such as leadership, productivity, high performing teams, and ownership mentality.
Productivity is one of Colin’s key focus areas. He has been coaching the executive suite and leaders across all levels of management on productivity for over 10 years, including one-to-one coaching, group workshops and speaking engagements. Colin has coached/trained over 500 people during
Colin has over 25 years of experience in corporations, including seven years in the executive suite as Chief Operating Officer for Demonware, the online studio for Activision. Colin has worked in Canada, the UK, and Ireland, and holds an MBA from the Open University in the UK.
He lives in North Vancouver with his wife and three rambunctious boys.
Tara Cree, PhD
Tara Cree is a leadership development specialist who partners with organizations to address strategic leadership issues and build leadership bench strength. She combines her PhD in Industrial/Organizational psychology with 20+ years of experience consulting in the public and private sectors to challenge CEOs and top executives to realize their full potential. Her focus is on identifying and developing leadership talent at all levels through assessment, coaching, team development, and leadership program design and facilitation.
As a business-savvy coach, Tara creates an environment that allows for safe questioning and exploration of options, and enables leaders to identify strategies to achieve greater personal and business success. Tara is known for her ability to ask powerful questions that result in breakthrough thinking. Her direct style is complemented by her ability to quickly establish trusting relationships with her clients, allowing her to deliver tough messages in a way that can be heard. From emerging leaders to CEOs, Tara has helped leaders and their teams grapple with tough leadership and business issues.
Tara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Concordia University, and Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph (Ontario). Tara is certified in a range of assessment tools and is highly skilled in assisting leaders to understand and internalize feedback both to inform their developmental focus and augment the value of leadership development initiatives.
Tara is passionate about living an authentic and wholehearted life. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidate, and incorporates this highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown into her life and work.
Tara lives in North Vancouver with her husband and two children. She loves the outdoors and can be found hiking, skiing, riding, or simply playing in the park with her kids.
Brian is a master in connecting professionals to clients who do not know they need them. He spends his days meeting with CEO’s who are building world class brands and helping professionals build a practice and a life they will love. Brian’s roots are in the Prairies, travelling to all the great companies that others fly over or drive around. He digs deep with each of the CEO’s through a discovery based business conversation to problem find and then connect the companies to the passionate professionals with the right solutions to their issues.
Brian has developed a trusted advisor approach for over 25 years with hundreds of CEOs generating ideas and creating unique value-added opportunities for each business he engages with.
Brian earned his Bachelor of Commerce in finance & marketing degree from the University of Manitoba. He has been the Founder and President of Engaged Innovations (DeGagne backwards) since 2009 and has held leadership positions in sales/marketing for over 15 years at global firms such as Deloitte and CIBC, and at Canada Packers (a.k.a. Maple Leaf Foods).
Outside of work, he enjoys honing his photography skills as an amateur photographer and tackling extensive home improvement projects that are not for the faint of heart.
With 3 busy teenagers and Otis, the family’s one year old Sheltie dog, Brian and Leigh-Ann carve out time to walk Otis and unwind with a glass of wine.
Tim’s energetic approach to coaching focusses on creating accountability throughout all aspects of an organization by concentrating on both data analysis and attention to his five pillars of leadership, which include: generosity, vulnerability, servanthood, candor and courage. Much of Tim’s coaching style is attributed to his training as a Certified Speaker, Coach and Trainer with the John Maxwell Team.
Tim holds a BBA with a double major in accounting and marketing from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. Prior to becoming a partner with JAK’S Beer Wine & Spirits, Tim spent time in sales with Frito Lay Canada, in public accounting with both BME + Partners and Ernst & Young, LLP in Vancouver and in various levels of hospitality management.
Outside of the business world, Tim can be found on the field coaching soccer and football. While much of Tim’s leadership style can be traced to his roots in the retail and hospitality industries, he accredits a great deal of his leadership development to his involvement in amateur athletics, especially football; as a player on his highschool and university teams, and as a coach with SFU, Terry Fox High School in Port Coquitlam, BC and with the BCJFL’s Westshore Rebels in Victoria, BC. Tim and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Tsawwassen, BC; just outside of Vancouver, with their six children.
With a career spanning multiple industries and continents, Don brings a rich perspective and body of knowledge that makes an immediate impact on organizational performance. Don specializes in helping executive leadership teams elevate their ability to execute strategy, deliver project objectives, and overcome obstacles to their success.
Before establishing his own management consultancy, Viewscape, Don worked in senior leadership roles in West Africa for nearly eight years where he worked with the Prime Minister of Cameroon, and the President of Liberia. With customers in Europe and suppliers in Asia, the success of both companies was predicated on building relationships based on trust that enabled the execution of complex business strategies spanning half the globe.
Previously, Don was a co-founder and former Chief Operating Officer of 3Plains Corp., a 3-D a supplier of interactive training applications to the aerospace and defense industry. In each of these three roles, Don was involved in raising $100’s MM’s from both “High” Street and Development Financing Institutions. He knows first hand the complexities and challenges of raising capital for high-risk endeavors.
Before moving into the private sector he was a combat engineer officer in the Canadian Army and British Army for 12 years and lead operations during the Balkans crisis in the mid-nineties and in Kuwait in the aftermath of the first Gulf War.
Don lives in Vancouver with his wife, Jacquie, and three children, Wyatt , Becca, and Joely. In his spare time, Don enjoys backcountry skiing, and cooking with his speciality in Italian Cuisine. A world traveler, Don has been to over 40 countries and is very comfortable in any culture. Always up for fun, Don amazes friends and family with card tricks reliably guessing the card they are thinking of.
Steve Foran has worked with company leaders across Canada and in the United States for the past 10 years, shifting cultures and helping teams bring more gratitude to work every day. He has been on the leading edge of gratitude-based research, writing, and teaching for almost fifteen years.
Steve is the founder of Gratitude at Work – a behaviour and culture-changing institution. His science-based program is a simple, yet innovative approach to business growth. Steve began exploring the relationship between gratitude and philanthropic giving while completing his Masters at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and uses his Gratitude at Work philosophy to assist clients build consensus to answer their important strategic questions. An electrical engineer and one of three Canadians awarded the Certified Speaking ProfessionalTM designation in 2017, Steve brings a detail-oriented and thoughtful approach to his working relationships and client engagements. Steve thrives when he’s working with leaders in search of growth who want to instill an engaging, cooperative culture with their employees, stakeholders, and within their organizations.
Steve is a son, brother, husband, father and now grandfather. He teaches Business Ethics, has written extensively on the subject of gratitude, is the founder of STATUSGROTM and publishes a nationally recognized video blog – Keeping Level. Steve loves running, golfing and travelling with his childhood sweetheart and wife of 32 years. He is actively engaged in making his community a better place and is proud to be a lifelong resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As a highly respected management and business consultant, Steve is well known for generating positive results. He provides sage business advice and executive level coaching, direct interim and/or virtual executive support services, as well as effective change and project management services. He is adept at exploring both creative and simple solutions to unique and often complex problems, integrating key business strategies with people, performance and operational excellence techniques while creating win-win outcomes.
Steve feels very fortunate in having had the pleasure of providing executive and C-level leadership to many successful and high performing technical, professional and management teams during his career. His career has traversed various sectors including: Crown corporation public utility, Emergency response, Retail, Mutual fund and Trust company, P-3 outsourcing and facilities management, Airline and most recently within the Printing and communications industries.
Throughout his career, Steve has been recognized as a values-based, common sense, no-nonsense leader. He earned his reputation as a progressive senior business leader who practices contemporary but effective business acumen and leadership skills. People frequently describe Steve as having a passion for people, continuous improvement, enterprise risk and change management. Steve has always enjoyed galvanizing diverse teams of people, as well as coaching and developing leaders, assisting them in reaching their full potential.
Steve is married to his wife of 30+ years and they are proud parents of a son and daughter. In his spare time, Steve enjoys his lake house near Algonquin Park. He is an avid sailor who co-owns a Liberty 49 in Grenada. And he still enjoys competing in Triathlons.
Heidi is a globally recognized business growth consultant to CEOs and Executives, where she offers consulting and coaching to individuals and their organizations. Applying 30 years of business success, she has developed a full framework of change, sales and marketing processes, instruments and toolsets based on best practices which have been implemented with great success within various sectors and industries. She conducts business in Canada, UK, Germany, China and South Africa, this global mix provides Heidi with an opportunity to continually learn and appreciate cultural diversity in business – a topic she is passionately interested in.
Heidi’s unique ability to inspire and engage people to achieve the behavioral shifts required to execute on strategic initiatives is what has helped her clients quantify and realize success with their growth objectives. She is recognized time and again by her clients in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa as an external consultant who fully immerses in each of the organizations to understand the specific culture, market, solutions and products, enabling her to become a trusted and integral member of the organization.
Heidi has an MBA in Management Consulting from Royal Roads University, a Diploma in Financial Management from Damelin College and has studied Psychology and Communications. She is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and has been bestowed the designation of Fellow, the highest award in her field. Heidi is also an ACP (Actionable Consulting Partner), authorized to deliver the powerful platform that dramatically improves workplace effectiveness and measurable behavior change. Since 2002, Heidi has been the CEO of Priority Solutions, creating leap-frog growth for her clients.
A self-confessed ‘energizer bunny,’ Heidi likes to keep busy and takes her energy from being outdoors. Outside of work, Heidi can be found mountain biking, cycling, trail running, skiing, snowshoeing or hiking on most weekends. She relaxes with Yoga, ballet and indoor climbing, which help keep her centered and focused.
Gary is a results-driven, strategic, relationship-focused Executive with nearly 4 decades of experience in private and public sector organizations. He is recognized as an exceptional leader who drives positive, customer-focused corporate culture and connects easily at all levels. He leads by example, develops strong leaders and challenges people to achieve their best. Gary is also an experienced Board Director in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
Currently the President of Gary Herman Consulting Services Ltd, Gary is focused on helping Manufacturing companies achieve superior top-line and bottom-line performance.
Prior to consulting, Gary spent 5+ years as CEO of the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This organization runs the apprenticeship system for all skilled trades training for BC.
Before ITA, Gary spent many years in various manufacturing companies in both ON & BC, with 19 years in executive roles. These companies had annual revenues up to $400M+. The products included auto parts, railway trackwork, agricultural equipment, steelmaking, and large capital projects for mining, oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, pulp & paper, marine and clean energy sectors.
Gary’s specialities include Executive Leadership, Operational Excellence and Management Development. He is a certified Tool & Die Maker and Die Sinker (forging), Certified Manufacturing Engineer, MBA and Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). Gary has a solid track record of helping businesses become more successful.
Michael has been working with CEO’s and senior management teams for almost 20 years. He is valued for his ability to perceive the hidden and to speak to what most needs to be addressed in a given situation. His penchant for straight talk and practicality is complemented by his diplomacy and tact as a facilitator.
Michael received his M.B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989 and forged a successful career in construction and manufacturing, before moving on to co-found 2WA Consulting, Inc in 1997. He spends his time improving performance in organizations, by concentrating on developing the skills and abilities of managers and leaders. He most enjoys coaching, and has helped numerous clients kick their game up another level or two; his ability to provide a way forward where people are struggling, is unrivalled.
He works in many sectors and over the past 20 years that has moved from the manufacturing and services sector, to the municipal and not-for-profit sectors and back again.
Michael has a passion for rugby. He played in high school and university and to this day still plays full contact for the Niagara Old Boys RFC. He pays back to the community by coaching his son’s high school rugby team and by being a member of the Rotary Club of Hamilton. But if the weather is warm and sunny, you will find him out on and in the water aboard his boat.
Nico is a retired CEO, and a results-driven facilitator, advisor, coach and speaker with a passion for team-building. Through his practice, he works with leaders to improve their leadership skills, maximize teamwork and achieve outstanding results, whilst finding meaning in what they do.
Nico leads inspiring work interventions with titles such as “Unstoppable Leader”, “Dream Team”, “Trust Culture” and “Game Changer” for groups big and small. He coaches one-on-one in person, on video or on the phone.
In his 30+-year business career, Nico has won several awards on two continents, receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013. Nico even has a sense of humour and is a Certified (Certifiable?) Laughter Leader! His groups enjoy a fun time, whilst being kept firmly/lovingly on-target.
Nico lives with his wife Estelle in New Westminster on the Quay. They love visiting with their two pairs of married kids and two obviously gifted grandkids. He enjoys triathlons, CrossFit, long distance cycling and singing in his church’s mass choir. He loves his varied life and inspiring those he gets to work with!
Mike is a big picture individual who loves connecting with people. Working with CEO’s and executive teams to develop short and long-term strategy, he has a broad network of contacts in and out of multiple industries- both local and international. Over the past 20 years, Mike has built, owned and operated over 25 hospitality-related businesses. His expertise lies in mid-size entrepreneurial firms with a focus on growth, leadership and building world class cultures.
Authentic, dynamic, comedic, and intuitive – also impatient, impulsive and self-deprecating. Self-awareness is front and center. Accountable and organized. Public speaker, avid student, and always looking to find a better way.
In his free time, Mike enjoys travelling to interesting new places, cooking for friends and family, drinking red wine and smoking the occasional Cuban cigar.
With twenty years of consulting experience, Tony has completed two hundred consulting initiatives – providing strategic and implementation guidance for a wide variety of industries and sectors. Client relationships often spanned many years, working with senior leaders to understand challenges and to develop and lead initiatives in organization structure, compensation (and sales compensation), training, managing change and process design.
He has worked in a variety of industries, including aerospace, manufacturing, financial services, technology and retail. His clients range from household names to growing private companies and not-for-profits.
Prior to starting NVision Consulting, Tony reported to the President of Black Photo. He led the change to develop and align employees to the new brand and service culture, and built training, compensation and incentives that pushed out accountability, following the sale of the company.
Listening, learning and synthesizing information are fundamental to his work as a consultant. Tony enjoys working with groups to facilitate conversations, which generate ideas and guide teams to identify and implement solutions.
Tony has served on the Board of the Toronto Human Resources Professionals where he launched the York Region Chapter. He has also served on the Toronto Board of Trade Policy committee and the Pension and Benefits Committee, and is active in other industry groups. He presents at industry forums and currently teaches compensation at the University of Toronto.
In his free time, Tony enjoys food, skiing, hiking, travel and the outdoors.
Tim Kist is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) who blends over 10 years of management consulting with over 20 years of business leadership experience. He is a marketing and communications leader with broad-based experience in strategy, customer operations and business development within the wholesale distribution, telecommunications, media, insurance and entertainment sectors. His background as general manager and consultant developed strong visionary leadership, strategic planning, project management and analysis skills. He is recognized as a highly effective, collaborative and inspiring leader who engages employees and colleagues and achieves business results.
This experience enables Tim to deliver actionable recommendations because he has walked in the shoes of management on a daily basis. Since he launched his own advisory practice five years ago, TK3 Consulting, Tim has successfully focused on performance improvement projects for his clients.
Tim has delivered keynote presentations to industry associations and companies, and recently created the content for the introduction to marketing course through the University of Manitoba faculty of Extended Education. Tim is the Past President of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Manitoba and will be joining the national board of CMC Canada this fall. He also volunteers in his local community through a number of charitable, not-for-profit and industry organizations as a board member, and has just recently retired from coaching sports at a variety of levels, including the UofM’s Bisons football team.
Tim enjoys family activities with his wife, Gwen, and sons Tylar and Turnar. He also likes reading and personal fitness (including playing hockey and basketball).
Bernie Kollman is a passionate leader who is dedicated to building a stronger community, both economically and socially.
Bernie Kollman is a passionate leader who is dedicated to building a stronger community, both economically and socially. A devoted business advocate, Kollman is a Chair of MacKay CEO Forums in Edmonton, leading a peer mentoring group of executives to assist with their biggest challenges and to drive stronger business results.
In February 2018, Kollman was appointed as a director of Liquor Stores North America, a publicly-traded Alberta company responsible for distribution of controlled substances (alcohol and cannabis) that operates approximately 240 stores in Western Canada and Alaska. In April 2018, she was re-appointed as chair of the Travel Alberta Board of Directors, having first joined the board in 2013. Kollman is a dedicated champion of the tourism industry and its lasting economic impact for Alberta.
She is also a member of the board of Edmonton Global, the first fully regional economic development company for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, with a mission to strengthen the Region’s global competitiveness, growth and innovation. Kollman also sits on the board of United Way, Alberta Capital Region, is an advisory board member for Arrkann Trailer and RV Centre, an award winning Alberta distributor of camping and recreational vehicle equipment and she serves on the board of Compute Canada, which provides advanced research computing to higher education institutions nationally.
Kollman holds an ICD.D designation, granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors. The ICD.D designation is a nationally-recognized program that supports directors with a lifelong commitment to excellence in the boardroom, a desire to stay current, and to be a more effective director. She is currently an executive committee member for the Edmonton chapter.
Kollman has a long history of successful leadership and innovation. She enjoyed a successful career as Vice-President for IBM’s Public Sector division in Alberta, representing one of IBM’s largest client groups in Canada, and has previously served as the Chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies, which facilitates research collaboration between the universities in Alberta and IBM.
She has been recognized as a Global TV “Woman of Vision”, one of the Top 50 Most Influential Albertans by Alberta Venture Magazine and by her alumni, University of Regina, for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service. She was also named a Fellow, Canadian Information Processing Society for her commitment to advancing the IT profession, particularly for young women.
Henryk Krajewski, PhD
Henryk has a 15 year track record as an advisor to CEOs in public, private, and crown corporations. Henryk helps his clients take on their toughest challenges in the areas of leadership, strategy, decision making, culture, and risk.
A sought after expert, Henryk frequently shares his thought leadership and provocative views on conference podiums and at leading universities. His thoughts have appeared in variety of news and media outlets including Profit Magazine, the Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, HR Reporter, the Ottawa Business Journal, and HR.com.
As President of The Anderson Leadership Group with offices in Toronto and London, England, Henryk helps clients think about personal purpose and business profit through provoking their thinking, and helping them challenge the status quo. Whether advising CEOs; coaching senior executives who are future candidates for the CEO role; or deepening organizational capability through his work with executive teams and next generation leaders; Henryk comes highly recommended by both large and small industry clients, alike.
Henryk stays current in his practice through engaging in organizational research – which informs his evidence-based approach. Henryk’s research work continues to appear in leading industry journals such as the Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Business Psychology, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
Henryk holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Western University, and is an organizing member of Mensa™ International. Although he started his family later in life than most, he and his wife are currently enjoying the challenge of their first baby – a daughter – who has taught him more about patience and grace than all his previous life experience combined.
Tim is a creative, collaborative and passionate leader who works with CEOs & Executive teams in the areas of strategy, purpose, culture & leadership. Once described as a “lightening rod in driving positive change”, Tim has the mind of an entrepreneur, the heart of a coach & storyteller and the soul of a singer/songwriter. As a seasoned facilitator, coach and advisor, Tim believes strongly in the transformational power of CEO peer learning and support.
Before entering the business world, Tim delighted audiences in professional stage productions such as Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof. His training as a professional performer now enables him to create customized client experiences with the clients as the “stars of the show.”
In 2000, Tim founded Fusion Learning, and over the following decade turned his passion for facilitation & coaching into the largest & fastest growing private training firm in Canada. Tim sold Fusion to internal team members in 2012, and decided to re-engage in his theatre roots to become a Master Storyteller & Partner with The Mark of a Leader. Combining his passion, leadership skill and experience to bring workshops and conferences to life through leadership stories & unique activities, he inspires leaders to drive performance.
Currently, Tim works with 3 partners to serve the growing engagement challenge in workplaces. Together they formed 1-degree, a vision & values driven organization whose purpose is to inspire & equip organizations with the agility to transform.
Outside of work, Tim enjoys quality time with his wife and 3 kids and fueling his passion for music, recently releasing his third album “Scorpio Soul”. He continues to serve and give back to his community, both through his work with Trinity College School, his alma matter, and as a Board member with Camp Lake Scugog to help send high need kids to Summer camp.
Sue is an accomplished consultant, strategic advisor and forum chair who has been working with CEOs and Executives for over 20 years. She is known for her ability in creating candid and edgy conversations that help transform leaders and businesses. Sue is highly valued for her insight, intelligence and above all else, her ability to integrate ideas, thoughts and strategy. Her forum members admire her ability to challenge them in a forthright and encouraging way – she doesn’t let them off the hook.
Sue’s passion lies in creating alignment between strategy, culture and leadership, which she believes is essential to high performance. She is the principle consultant and founder of Solus Consulting, which supports organizations in the areas of strategic planning, culture evolution, team and leadership development and change implementation. Create the vision and plan – identify the culture needed to support execution – and develop and hold leaders accountable for implementation of both. That’s where the magic lies for Sue.
Consulting for 9 years, Sue previously worked as a senior Human Resources leader for a large Vancouver based organization. The youngest senior leader in the organization, Sue received two awards for her leadership during her tenure in that role. She left the company to pursue her own business and over the past decade has worked with some of the top leaders in Canada. Invited to work with John Furlong and his Executive Team in 2005, Sue played a critical role in developing the Strategic Plan for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She then continued to support the organization over the five-year lead up to the Olympics, working closely with the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams in the areas of culture, leadership and team development.
An avid learner, Sue received her BBA, with a focus on organizational development and an additional major in psychology, from Simon Fraser University in 1989. She is a Certified Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California and is also accredited in the Insights Discovery System, Change Implementation Methodology and an Emotional Intelligence tool.
Born and raised in North Vancouver, Sue still resides there with her husband (high school sweetheart) and their two boys and two cats. She is very committed to her community and spends much of her free time volunteering with community non-profit organizations.
Natalie is a forum chair, executive coach, and succession management consultant who works with CEOs and Executives to develop leadership potential. She is passionate about supporting executives to walk the talk and create socially responsible, high quality businesses, and she believes personal fulfillment guides the path to success. One of her strengths is connecting people in the community who have shared goals.
Over the last decade, Natalie has coached hundreds of leaders, facilitated world class leadership development programs, and she chairs multiple CEO groups.
Natalie is a Partner for Waterfront Partners, a coaching and advisory firm focused on C-Suite Transitions and Succession Planning. She is also the co-author of Your CEO Succession Playbook: How to Pass the Torch so Everyone Wins, and author of The Duck and The Butterfly: Coaching Questions for Leaders at Work – both available on Amazon. As a volunteer, she managed nominations for the BC CEO Awards for two years. Before this, she was in private practice for a decade providing coaching and succession advisory services for companies ranging from $5M to $3B.
Natalie has a Masters in Organizational Leadership and a degree in Psychology, and she is certified in multiple coaching programs (Coactive, Behavioural Coaching, and Evidence Based).
Natalie enjoys quiet time on her mat, family, travel, fitness, deep conversations with friends, and that sweet spot where psychology and business meet.
With extensive experience facilitating leadership development, strategic planning, conflict management and community building workshops on six different continents, Peter brings over 35 years of legal, business, leadership development, facilitation and mediation experience to MacKay CEO Forums. Known for his pragmatic and collaborative approach, he is a skilled facilitator who is able to strike the balance between maximizing outcomes and making things happen.
Known for his pragmatic and collaborative approach to business, Peter is a skilled facilitator who is able to strike the balance between maximizing outcomes and making things happen. He holds advanced certifications in mediation and is a certified True Colors trainer.
Peter’s legal expertise spans corporate services, debt & equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, international trade, dealings with government, employee share option and ownership plans, tax planning and securities compliance. He has worked with a broad mix of clients ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to publicly listed companies, in both BC and Ontario. Combining his legal expertise with his experience as an entrepreneur, Peter is highly regarded for his ability to find legal solutions that make business sense.
Peter currently serves as a director on or corporate secretary to the boards of several BC companies, as well as a number of charities. He is also actively involved with Global Mothers, a new social enterprise targeting poverty alleviation through trade in the developing world. Skiing, cycling, movies and reading round out Peter’s primary interests.
As a trusted advisor and consultant to several senior executives throughout Canada, Ross has been instrumental in helping organizations with their strategic execution of priorities, by increasing employee engagement, and accelerating their overall performance through training, coaching, facilitating, and team building exercises. Using the latest in best practices and thought leadership Ross has assisted many companies in delivering significant sustainable improvements to their business.
In his role as Forum Chair for MacKay CEO Forums, Ross brings with him many years of experience as a senior executive for Fortune 500 companies. He has led the restructuring and transformation of public and privately held companies in the life sciences, consumer packaged goods, cleantech, internet marketing, corporate travel, office products, transportation, specialty metals, and logistics industries throughout North America. With a strong foundation in Sales and Marketing, Ross has been a growth strategist and change agent, for many organizations by conceptualizing and implementing new revenue channels, alliances, and partnerships to propel rapid turnarounds.
Ross is passionate about helping companies unleash their true potential. With a diverse career spanning multiple industries Ross brings a time-tested formula and significant learning through trial and error that has made an immediate impact on organizational performance. He specializes in helping executive leadership teams develop their ability to execute strategy, and deliver lasting results.
Ross lives in the Edmonton area and has two grown children living in Toronto. When he is not working, he enjoys skiing, golf, gardening, reading, travelling and spending time with his wife and two dogs.
Lorraine is passionate about leadership and innovation and thrives when contributing to transformation of organizations and individuals. As an executive coach and management consultant, she works with CEOs and leadership teams across North America. She speaks and writes on a variety of business and life issues. Formerly an executive in financial services and the energy, oil and gas sector, she founded her coaching and consulting practice in response to a growing demand from colleagues, customers and suppliers. Her expertise encompasses P&L responsibility, Operations, Strategy, Governance, IS, Retail, Wealth, Asset Management and more. Lorraine is an inductee of the iglobal Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame for her contribution to her clients and the profession.
Lorraine and her family are active philanthropists and board members. Board and committee experience includes: United Way (Calgary and London, Ontario), Spark Science Centre, Mount Royal University, Association for Corporate Growth, Believe in the Gold, Hospice of London, Certified Management Consultants, and more. Drawing on her wide expertise she helps others achieve success with complex business challenges including organizational change and revitalization, leadership, governance, asset management, operations, succession planning and more.
Balancing the demands of her professional life, Lorraine, her husband and children enjoy spending time outdoors, world travel, adventure and immersing themselves in new cultures and diversity.
Roly is a highly sought-after executive and leadership development coach based in British Columbia, where he offers consulting and coaching to CEOs, business owners and executives of both national and multi-national organizations. He has over 30 years of multi-national business management, and people leadership and development experience which has resulted in his current success as a trusted advisor to his clients in navigating change while achieving business and personal success. His expertise is further supported by his practitioner qualification with The Leadership Circle Profile and The Leadership System from the Leadership Circle/Full Circle Group.
Roly’s vast array of experience across multiple businesses and industries, as well as diverse geographies and countries includes roles as Store Manager; Regional Manager; Regional Vice President; Vice President, Zone Vice President, President, CEO and Board Member. At global organizations including: Starbucks Coffee Company; PetSmart Canada; Timbercreek Communities; Krispy Kreme Doughnuts; McGavin Foods and Miracle Food Mart.
As well as his own practice, Roly is an Executive Coach with Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge, one of the top two leadership development firms globally. He is also an Associate with Paracomm International, a team of transformational leaders with experience working as consultants, coaches and strategic advisors to CEOs.
Roly currently sits on the Board of Directors of InnovaSea; Open Blue; Sol Azul and Earth Ocean Farms. He has previously been on the Boards of Pharmasave Drugs (National), where he sat on the Human Resource & Compensation and the Finance & Audit Committees; Covenant House (Toronto); KremeKo Inc. (dba Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Canada); Jugo Juice (Calgary); OTooz – The Energie Bar (Vancouver); Jones Soda (Vancouver) and Pallino Pastaria (Seattle).
Roly enjoys a reputation as an individual who delivers results, while at the same time inspiring and developing CEOs and executives to create and nurture strong, sustainable organizational cultures and lives. His business and life mantra is “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things that you do for others remain as your legacy”.
A highly regarded advisor, business leader, speaker and moderator, Murray works tirelessly to help his clients rise to their potential and expect more from life. He has over 40 years of experience helping CEOs and entrepreneurs plan and achieve their goals through sophisticated wealth management and planning strategies.
Murray has a tremendous talent for bringing together diverse groups of people to problem solve, collaborate and accelerate goal achievement. Combining listening, leadership and questioning with a strong sense of fun, Murray brings tremendous passion and dedication to all aspects of work and life.
Murray leads client development and relationship management for Nicola Wealth Management, a full-service wealth planning firm for high net worth families and individuals. Murray is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC), Chartered Financial Planner (CFP) and a Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA). He is called on each year to facilitate the highly anticipated, industry leaders panel at the annual CALU conference.
Community contribution is very important to Murray, and he has been involved in many different industry and community organizations and events over the years. Murray lives in Vancouver, where he was born and raised, and where he and his wife Patty have raised their three children. He is an avid tennis player and proud grandfather of 11 amazing grandchildren.
Dr. Larry Ohlhauser
An accomplished physician, CEO turned entrepreneur and recognized expert in executive health, Dr. Larry Ohlhauser is uniquely qualified to help CEOs become “the CEO of your life”. In addition to chairing Edmonton based CEO groups, Dr. Ohlhauser is our Chief of CEO Health. He spearheads our efforts to become the healthiest CEO peer group in Canada, criss-crosses the country speaking to our groups on executive health, and leads our forum fitness challenges. Dr. Ohlhauser previously served as CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and is the author of the Canadian Best Selling book, The Healthy CEO.
After spending 8 years as a CEO peer group member, Dr. Ohlhauser’s passion for health and first hand experience with the power of peer learning convinced him to begin Chairing CEO peer groups himself. A frequent seminar speaker, he has influenced the transformation of thousands of executive lifestyles by empowering CEOs and executives to take responsibility and leadership for their own health and wellness. An experienced consultant and advisor, Dr. Ohlhauser is also valued for his strong facilitation and collaborative leadership skills.
Dr. Ohlhauser is the author of the Canadian Best Selling book, The Healthy CEO, which shares his proven concepts of goal setting and outcome measurement to address the unique health and career challenges facing professional executives. He is also President and CEO of Ohlhauser & Associates, a management consulting firm focused on the health sector.
Dr. Ohlhauser began his career as a general practitioner running a successful medical practice in Alberta. He then spent 20 years working with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the last 12 of which he served as Registrar and CEO.
Named one of the top “100 Physicians of the Century” by the Alberta Medical Association and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Ohlhauser has also been honoured with the Alberta Centennial Award in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta, as well as the Dr. Louis Levasseur Distinguished Service Award from the Medical Council of Canada.
Dr. Ohlhauser has served on innumerable professional and governmental committees as well as for profit and not for profit Boards of Directors. He completed his medical studies at the University of Alberta.
A zealous adventurer with an appetite for living life passionately, Dr. Ohlhauser lives his life with energy, purpose and intense satisfaction.
John is a facilitator and coach who works with business leaders to develop high performance teams, create differentiated and compelling strategies, and then enrolls their organization to realize the vision. He is committed to helping executives become self-aware and understand the impact of their actions.
A disciple of motivation theory, John enables connections that engage people to achieve higher performance. He believes that when leaders encourage the right conditions, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results. One of his strengths is seeing the possibilities and potential in everyone.
HIs early career focused on developing Information Systems, which included the creation of a Cash Forecasting System for BC Hydro. This became the prototype that launched Selkirk Financial Technologies which went on to become a four-time FAST 50 technology firm and was twice recognized as a finalist for “Best Managed Private Company”. John led VP roles for Client Services, Marketing, Product Management and Business Development. He discovered his true calling as VP, Organizational Performance when Selkirk grew from 35 to 85 people in one year.
After Selkirk was acquired by Thomson Reuters, he used the experience of founding a technology company to start the West Coast Practice of Potentials Unlimited, a Leadership Development firm. John has supported a wide range of organizations including BDC, BMO, Enerplus, Conoco Phillips and Matrix Asset Management. He chaired Take a Hike, Youth at Risk Foundation during his 10 year tenure as a director.
John has an MBA from SFU and is a certified practitioner with Insights Discovery, Black Isle’s ‘Speak with Impact’ and a graduate of Destination Coach. He is a proponent for “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and “The Four Disciplines of Execution”. He is an advocate for “Firms of Endearment”, organizations that live the principles of Conscious Capitalism to generate profit at its best. His mantra is to ‘amplify the impact’ before, during and after an engagement.
When John is not cooking or gardening at his home in Lions Bay, he can be found skiing or mountain biking on the slopes of Whistler with his wife Carol and dog, Mack.
Jeff Pitchford is passionate about developing business leaders and executives through an honest, authentic style and team-based approach. Jeff’s mission is to mentor, coach and build trusting relationships with CEOs and business leaders in order to make a positive difference in their personal and professional lives. After experiencing MacKay CEO Forums as a CEO Group member for 5 years, Jeff decided to become a Forum Chair, as he believes in and personally benefited from the power of peer learning, shared experiences, and accountability.
Prior to becoming an executive coach, Jeff was in leadership roles within Operations, Maintenance, Supply Chain, and Engineering for 25 years. Jeff’s previous roles include, Vice-President of Operations and Supply Chain for North America at Sun Rich Fresh Foods, and various manufacturing and procurement management roles at DuPont Canada Inc. and INVISTA (Canada) Company where he achieved a Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Additionally, Jeff has international business experience from his time abroad as a project and process engineer in Singapore.
An accomplished leader and change agent, Jeff’s most rewarding experiences to date were the development and coaching of the 4 plant site teams (Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia) and the fostering of a one team approach and culture while leading his North American team at Sun Rich Fresh Foods. Upon the successful sale and transition of Sun Rich Fresh Foods to private equity, Jeff decided to pursue his dream of running an executive coaching and consulting practice. Jeff is the Principal and Executive Coach at Pitchford Coaching & Consulting, which specializes in leadership development, team-based business success, operational excellence, and continuous improvement.
Jeff graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1993.
Jeff and his wife live in Orangeville, ON, and have 3 boys at various stages of career and post-secondary education. They enjoy spending family time at their cottage on the lake, where they enjoy project work, as well as fishing, hunting and golfing.
Joy is an innovative leader with a passion for people, building community, developing organizational bench-strength and delivering results. Her interest in leadership started early while growing up in her family’s manufacturing business, where she learned first-hand the impact of entrepreneurs who create business success, develop opportunities for people and build strong communities.
As a MacKay CEO Forum Chair, Joy brings with her over 30 years’ corporate leadership experience. In senior leadership roles, Joy built bench strength, led change, turned around and grew business results, developed new service offerings and cultivated strategic partnerships. As Vice President and General Manager with inter-provincial responsibilities, she effectively led strategy development, operations and performance execution across multiple business lines and locations.
In her private practice, Joy continues to support leaders and their success by providing Performance Consulting, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development and Team Facilitation support across a range of industries in entrepreneurial, regional, and national corporations. Leaders particularly value her ability to both challenge and cultivate their growth in ways that inspires them to “up their game”, and find new ways forward. She co-created and facilitates the firm’s innovative Leadership “Action Learning” Programs.
Joy is a Certified Management Consultant. Her leadership development includes York Universities’ Executive Development Program, International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited Executive Coach training and Covey Leadership’s in-residence programs. Her community service includes founding membership in the Kelowna Women Leaders Network and service on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of BC. Joy supports the Playford Performance Group’s annual pro bono executive coaching in the not for profit sector. She has served as Chairperson for the Regional Development Council of the BC Cancer Foundation for the Southern Interior, Chapter Chair and Board Member of CMC BC.
Before becoming a Partner at Sklar Wilton & Associates, Manoj Raheja learned the nuances of client-side marketing and insight at PepsiCo, working both locally and internationally. Since then, he’s been fortunate to team up with marketing leaders to solve tough business and marketing challenges, and build stronger brands in alcohol, confectionary, telecommunications, quick service restaurants, hospitality, entertainment, and household products.
He is passionate about helping his clients create an aligned consumer view of the future so they have the necessary foresight and conviction to be the disruptors rather than the disrupted. He skillfully scopes and clarifies problems, listens and engages to inspire creative solutions, synthesizes and story-tells to move teams forward, all while leaving businesses, brands, and leaders better than before.
Mark is a driven and focused business builder with over 25 years of executive management experience in the telecommunications and information technology sectors. He knows first-hand that it can be “lonely at the top” and is passionate about helping CEOs be all they can be, get at the tough issues and seek collaborative resolution with executable strategies.
Mark has held senior management roles in business development for companies such as MegaPath, AT&T Canada and Telus Advanced Communications, and understands how critical an executable go to market strategy is. He has made it his life’s work to assist companies in developing and executing a plan of their own.
Mark has served as President and CEO of both public and private companies in Canada and the United States and is president of a successful consulting company he formed in 1999.
Active in his community, Mark has served two terms as Commander of Capilano Power Squadron, a volunteer organization that offers safe boating courses as well as serving as a member of the volunteer marine search and rescue organization RCM – SAR. Mark also volunteered for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and was stationed at Cypress Mountain for the Free Style Skiing Events.
Mark is a graduate of the Sauder School of Business at UBC and lives with his wife in West Vancouver.
Dr. Lance Secretan
Dr. Lance Secretan is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist, poet, author and outdoor athlete. He coaches and advises leaders globally (he is ranked among both The Top 30 Most Influential Executive Coaches and The Top 30 Most Influential Leadership Experts globally), and guides leadership teams who wish to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their industries.
Lance is a pioneering philosopher and corporate advisor whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of 21 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship as well as an award-winning memoir, “A Love Story”. His latest book is “The Bellwether Effect”.
Individuals, entire organizations, cities and states have experienced remarkable transformations through Lance’s unique mentoring, coaching, wisdom and approach. He has helped 6 companies to be named to Fortune’s Best Companies to Work for in America list, and 8 others are also his clients, and 30 Secretan Center clients are on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list. Speakers in America ranks him among the Top Five Leadership speakers and his firm, The Secretan Center, Inc., is ranked #1 in the world as an international Leadership Consulting firm by Leadership Excellence.
Dr. Secretan is the recipient of many other awards, including the International Caring Award, whose previous winners include, Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter and Dr. Desmond Tutu. He is a current Chair of the Pay it Forward Foundation, and former Chair of the Advisory Board of the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
Lance is an expert skier, kayaker and mountain biker, and he divides his time between Ontario, Canada and the Colorado Rockies.
Keith Sinclair is a highly sought after executive coach in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he offers consulting and coaching to i executive teams. Keith is dynamic and resourceful, and is known for his ability to quickly yet thoughtfully assess and develop approaches to transform his clients’ needs through strategy facilitation and organizational development. He has been coaching senior level HR executives and their teams for over 15 years, supporting them in leadership strategy to achieve business and personal success. His expertise in executive search, coaching, strategy facilitation and organizational development is the foundation of his work.
Keith earned his Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg and has taken post-graduate studies towards a Masters in Public Administration. He is a Certified Management Consultant, holds the designation of Certified Human Resource Professional, and is trained in Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Strategic Thinking, Balanced Scorecard and Process Improvement.
Keith is an often-requested speaker on leadership, strategy and HR, he has presented to international, national and regional industry associations and conferences, and has been a guest lecturer to universities and colleges.
Keith is actively involved in his community as a board director on various associations and boards. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with family, cottage life and travel.
Anthony is a serial entrepreneur, strategic thinker and team builder. Anthony has the ability to think strategically and work backwards to develop a plan to create successful outcomes. His communication skills and ability to adapt to different personalities allows him to connect and engage with all people, regardless of the situation. His approach to strategy development blends conventional management practices with organizational behavior to support team and leadership development.
Anthony’s previous businesses include two coffee shops, an ESL School, a music/event promotions company and he also worked as a contractor for Brussels Invest and Export for two years supporting Canadian businesses that wanted to expand into Europe.
Anthony is the author of two books, I Wish I Knew about entrepreneurship, and Alignment, which is about strategy development. He frequently does presentations on both topics for professional associations and other organizations including: CPA Canada, Freedom 55, University of British Columbia, Akzo Nobel, and more.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) with a marketing specialization from Capilano University and was a Certified Associate in Project Management from the Project Management Institute. (PMI)
In 2016 Anthony was awarded the Palme Blue award from the Francophone Chamber of Commerce for the Microbusiness of the year and was also selected to be a Canadian Ambassador during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Anthony’s passions include soccer, food and wine, travel, public speaking, and learning languages. Anthony speaks fluent French and intermediate Spanish. One of his life goals is to visit every Major League Baseball stadium, and he is more than 1/3 of the way there.
David is a leadership coach focussed on helping to build executive and organizational capability to the highest degree. He is an experienced facilitator and consultant in the area of leadership development through coaching on performance-related communication, executive skill development and development of human capital within an organization.
David is recognized by clients for his pragmatic yet insightful approach in effectively advising and facilitating executives and their teams to continually excel beyond their expectations. David’s experience spans across multiple industries including, retail, apparel design and distribution, wholesale, professional services, insurance, manufacturing and not-for-profit.
Prior to starting his own consulting practice, David held senior HR positions in several prominent Canadian retail organizations including Loblaw Companies, Shoppers Drug Mart and Big V Pharmacies. He also has many years of experience as a lecturer at the Ivey School of Business and at Seneca College where he currently teaches Organizational Behaviour, HR Planning and Performance Management. In 2010, David authored a course on Performance Management for Maximization of Organizational Performance as part of the Leadership Development Series program offered by Ontario Colleges.
David is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University, earning a degree in Honors Business Administration (HBA). He earned his Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation and his Certified Human Resources Professional Leader (CHRL) designation. As well, David has earned the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) accreditation from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is also an active community volunteer, having held several volunteer leadership positions.
Outside of his work, David enjoys travelling and spending time with his wife Patti and their four children. Golfing in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter.
Dave Willetts has over 30 years of practical business experience helping top organizations in resources, transportation, manufacturing and service fields improve their performance. A world-class skipper of high performance sailing teams, Dave’s ability to energize and focus teams, and leaders has led to exceptional client results.
Dave is President of Oper8 Performance. They work with clients to cut through the internal resistance, align their leaders from C-Suite to Front Line, and get them into action delivering business results. Dave has helped over 1,000 leaders in 40 organizations achieve remarkable improvements in productivity, output and reliability.
His work is client focused, in aligning teams to achieve by focusing them on their priorities. Dave steps onboard with your team and into action, challenging your leaders to coach for performance using Pinpoint Coaching to change behaviours and get RESULTS.
Dave is completely at home improving performance at any level in any organization. He has a gift for identifying and developing opportunities others might miss, by challenging current thinking on the shop floor and in the boardroom.
Dave is a Professional Mechanical Engineer from UBC, holds a railcar patent, is a Canadian Champion sailor and finished 4th for Canada at the Pan Am Games.
A hockey coach and sailing instructor, Dave is found on the ice coaching and playing hockey or on the water racing sailboats. Dave lives in West Vancouver with his wife and teenage son.