Oliver Baezner
Oliver Baezner

Oliver Baezner

Region: Calgary

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
Kevin Barwin

Kevin Barwin

Region: Ottawa
Specialty: Executive Forums

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 Bennett
Katie Bennett

Katie Bennett

Region: Vancouver

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
Anne Bermingham

Anne Bermingham

Region: SW Ontario

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.

Gary Breininger
Gary Breininger

Gary Breininger

Region: Toronto

As a highly regarded executive coach, consultant and trusted advisor, Gary has been helping senior leaders accelerate performance 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.

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. Gary’s firm provides innovative solutions and support in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development, team effectiveness and execution management. He is particularly passionate about helping organizations and senior leaders discover and fully leverage their “Why” to create an inspired organization and culture that drives higher levels of sustained performance and results.

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, children and two dogs.

Kerry Brown
Kerry Brown

Kerry Brown

Region: Victoria

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.

Doug Brownridge
Doug Brownridge

Doug Brownridge

Region: Vancouver

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!

Vincent Bryant
Vincent Bryant

Vincent Bryant

Region: Vancouver
Specialty: Executive Forums

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.

Tara Cree
Tara Cree, PhD

Tara Cree, PhD

Region: Vancouver

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 DeGagne
Brian DeGagne

Brian DeGagne

Region: Winnipeg

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.

Don Durand
Don Durand

Don Durand

Region: Vancouver

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
Steve Foran

Steve Foran

Region: Halifax

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.

Steve Grieveson
Steve Grieveson

Steve Grieveson

Region: Ottawa

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.

Robert Houle
Robert Houle

Robert Houle

Region: Ottawa
Specialty: CEO Forums

For over 25 years, Robert has advised national and international organizations on all aspects of employee benefits to implement tax effective personnel policies and funding arrangements for group insurance and group retirement plans.

 

After earning a BA in Political Science and an MPA in Government and Business Administration, Robert spent several years in the political arena managing campaigns and holding key advisory roles. These roles included working as an executive assistant to a Member of Parliament and as chief of staff to a federal Minister.

Following his involvement in politics, Robert transitioned to working as an Employee Benefit Specialist at insurance companies London Life and Great West Life. In 1992, Robert was recruited to become a partner at CAPCORP, Canada’s leading independent financial services firm. Currently in the role of Vice President, he provides clients worldwide with innovative solutions to plan, implement, and protect their financial future. Robert’s extensive knowledge of employee benefits and retirement plans has been an integral component in growing CAPCORP 30x over the past 25 years.

Robert was the Chair of the Board of Directors at The Benefit Alliance Group, Canada’s largest firm of independent group benefit advisors managing over $1 Billion in premiums and almost $4 Billion in assets, providing superior advice on the design and management of group insurance and retirement plans.

Additionally, Robert has a keen interest in mental health in Canada. He served on the Board of Directors and is past chair of The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. Politics is another interest for Robert where he continues to advise elected and potential politicians.

He and his wife of 30 years have 2 adult daughters and his favorite pastimes include travel, snowmobiling and golf.

Michael Howes
Michael Howes

Michael Howes

Region: SW Ontario

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 Human
Nico Human

Nico Human

Region: Vancouver

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 Joseph
Mike Joseph

Mike Joseph

Region: Calgary

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.

Tony Kerekes
Tony Kerekes

Tony Kerekes

Region: Toronto

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
Tim Kist

Tim Kist

Region: Winnipeg

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
Bernie Kollman

Bernie Kollman

Region: Edmonton

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
Henryk Krajewski, PhD

Henryk Krajewski, PhD

Region: Toronto

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 Magwood
Tim Magwood

Tim Magwood

Region: Toronto

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 Matheson
Sue Matheson

Sue Matheson

Region: Vancouver

Sue is an accomplished coach, strategic advisor and forum chair who has been working with CEOs and Executives for over 20 years. Known for her ability to create edgy conversations that help transform leaders and businesses, Sue has an uncanny ability to interpret body language, which she uses to maximize group engagement. She is highly valued for her insight, intelligence and above all else, her ability to integrate ideas, thoughts and strategy.

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.

Kevin McElroy
Kevin McElroy

Kevin McElroy

Region: Vancouver
Specialty: CEO Forums

Known for his ability to coach teams and individuals to achieve personal and business success, Kevin is a high-performance business leader with a reputation for driving positive culture through his gentle, yet firm follow-through approach. He is a fearless inquisitor and has a keen interest in supporting others reach their highest potential. Kevin has a passion for business, psychology and spirituality and loves working at the intersection of these disciplines to guide, coach and counsel.

For over 20 years, Kevin was responsible for defining and overseeing the strategy of Nuheat Industries, North America’s leading floor heating manufacturer based in BC. In 2015, as President & CEO he led the highly profitable sale of the business. The deal was recognized by the Association for Corporate Growth with the 2015 Dealmaker of the Year Award.
Kevin’s holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC including a term of International Business Studies at Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris.
Kevin is married to his wife Lucila with whom he shares three amazing daughters. Over the past year, they embarked on a year-long sabbatical adventure based in the south of France where they all perfected speaking French and eating baguettes. Kevin also developed his skills in mountain biking (and falling), meditation and introspection. After extensive travel to south east Asia and Africa for immersion/service trips, they have returned back to Vancouver with a strong interest in helping others.
When Kevin is not leading, coaching and supporting those in business, he is reading, spending time with family, hiking up mountains and training to beat those younger than him up the Grouse Grind.

Karen McKnight
Karen McKnight

Karen McKnight

Region: Toronto

Karen is a highly sought after executive coach in Toronto, Ontario, where she offers consulting and coaching to individuals and organizations. She is a dynamic, resourceful, and sharp study, known for her listening skills and her ability to quickly assess and develop approaches to address her clients’ needs.

Always committed to the learning process, Karen is passionate about helping others develop and thrive to the best of their ability. In her on-going work and studies, she learned that success depends on being continually engaged, motivated and inspired in work and in life. She entered the coaching profession to help people develop a framework for establishing and achieving their goals and becoming their best selves.

With over 25 years of management, teaching and organizational experience in a variety of settings, Karen has helped individuals, teams and organizations consistently meet with success.

Karen earned her Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Adult Learning and Change Management. She went on to complete her Certified Professional Coaching Designation from The Adler School of Professional Coaching. Since 2002, she has coached and consulted through her private practice, ‘Transitions’ Edge.’

Karen and her husband Greg are enjoying navigating the ‘launching process’ with their three children who are now all away at school. She is committed to balance, which she strives to impart to all of her clients and when not working enjoys fitness, community volunteering, spending time with her family at the cottage in the summer and on the slopes in the winter.

Natalie Michael
Natalie Michael

Natalie Michael

Region: Vancouver

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. 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.

Anne Miner
Anne Miner

Anne Miner

Region: SW Ontario
Specialty: CEO Forums

Anne Miner is a consummate entrepreneur in constant motion. In addition to her unique ability to see possibilities, Anne has a knack for identifying the necessary talent and expertise to assess, plan and implement change.

A skilled facilitator, trusted CEO advisor and sought-after coach, Anne is often called upon to lead executive teams through the rapids of change, bringing clarity and vision as well as a strategic framework for implementation.

Through her company, The Dunvegan Group, Anne helps organizations to strengthen and build stakeholder relationships (including relationships with customers, employees, members, patients, students, vendors). Seeing organizations grow through collaborative and continuous improvement, and reduced customer and employee churn, as they deliver enjoyable customer experiences fuels Anne’s drive to help people and companies realize their full potential.

Anne also serves on a number of industry and association boards, is the 2013 recipient of the University of Guelph’s Alumni Medal of Achievement, and author of several books on the topic of Customer Relationships.

In her free time, Anne is a voracious reader, continuously exploring and learning about change. She is an inventive cook, sometime gardener and world traveler.

Peter Mogan
Peter Mogan

Peter Mogan

Region: Vancouver

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.

Ross Montagano
Ross Montagano

Ross Montagano

Region: Edmonton

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 Moore
Lorraine Moore

Lorraine Moore

Region: Calgary

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.

Murray Neilson
Murray Neilson

Murray Neilson

Region: Vancouver

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
Dr. Larry Ohlhauser

Dr. Larry Ohlhauser

Region: Edmonton

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.

Linda Oglov
Linda Oglov

Linda Oglov

Region: Vancouver

Linda Oglov has been contributing to the success of individuals and companies in British Columbia and Canada for more than 25 years. Linda founded Oglov Business Development Inc. in January 2000 and has maintained an active national and international practice ever since. In 2008, Linda graduated from the MBA-level Executive Coaching Programme at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC. She has coached CEOs and executives in several different industries and also offers workshops in career transition, business development and leadership development. Her passion is for inspiring and guiding the success of others.

Having worked as a business development professional in a broad range of industries from telecommunications to major events such as EXPO 86 and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, she now focuses on CEO and executive coaching, workshop facilitation, business development for businesses and organizations, and economic development. She maintains excellent BC business contacts, as well as contacts from an international consulting practice that has included assignments in Southeast Asia, Australia, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Linda worked in the business of the Olympic Games for more than 15 years. She was one of the first executives hired in 2000 for the international phase of Vancouver’s Bid to host the 2010 Winter Games. As Vice President Marketing she led the raising of record-setting sponsorship revenue as well as the international marketing strategy. When Vancouver won the bid in 2003, Linda left the newly formed organizing committee (VANOC) to set up as a consultant to companies seeking to become sponsors of the 2010 Games, including Bell Canada, RBC Financial and Petro Canada. Linda concluded her career with the Olympics with the London 2012 Games where she worked for BT (British Telecom) for 2 years negotiating that company’s multi-million dollar sponsorship, as well as working with future company sponsors for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games and the Rio 2016 Summer Games.

Linda and her husband are based in Vancouver, on Pender Island, BC and at a home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Jeff Pitchford
Jeff Pitchford

Jeff Pitchford

Region: Toronto
Specialty: CEO Forums

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.

John Phillips
John Phillips

John Phillips

Region: Vancouver

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.

Joy Playford
Joy Playford

Joy Playford

Region: Kelowna

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.

Mark Sampson
Mark Sampson

Mark Sampson

Region: Vancouver

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

Dr. Lance Secretan

Region: Toronto
Specialties: CEO Forums, Large Corporations

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.

Erin Sills
Erin Sills

Erin Sills

Region: Vancouver

Erin Sills is an accomplished leader in Organization Development, with more than 15 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has worked with CEOs and Executives, individually, in team groups, and across the entire organization to enhance their performance by aligning leadership, business strategy and culture.

Erin’s experience crosses through the transportation, health care, hospitality, service, technology, project/event management and sport industries. Erin’s clients have said that her approach is professional and thought provoking. She is both “inspiring” and “challenging,” encouraging thoughtful action from those she coaches and supports. She is a dreamer and a disruptor, holding the potential of the leaders and teams she works with to a high standard. Erin has worked with CEOs and Executives from a wide range of organizations, both internally as a senior leader and as an external consultant and coach.

Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science (Coaching and Consulting) from the Leadership Institute of Seattle. Erin is qualified to administer a variety of leadership, communication and psychometric tools, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, The EQ In Action Profile and The Leadership Circle 360. She is a certified Prosci Change Management practitioner and certified in the Barrett Values Centre Cultural Transformation Tools.

Erin lives in North Vancouver with her husband and two small children. When she gets free time, she can usually be found in the woods—on foot or on her bike.

Keith Sinclair
Keith Sinclair

Keith Sinclair

Region: Winnipeg
Specialty: CEO Forums

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.

David Town
David Town

David Town

Region: Toronto
Specialty: Executive Forums

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
Dave Willetts

Dave Willetts

Region: Vancouver

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.