Oliver is an accomplished entrepreneur, keynote speaker and executive business coach with an established track record of helping companies deliver outstanding results. As a 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.
Oliver spent over 25 years in leadership and management roles with some of Canada’s largest corporations including Energizer and Shoppers Drug Mart and he is the former Vice-President of Calgary’s own Big Rock Brewery. He has worked with a variety of well-known clients, including an NHL Hockey Team, as well as executives, business owners and their teams in dozens of industries.
In addition to his extensive coaching and leadership development work, Oliver is a Managing Partner with global search firm AltoPartners specializing in Executive Search with a focus on Senior Executive, Board and C-Level searches.
He is also the co-founder of 100 Men Who Give A Damn, a Calgary non-profit Society of like-minded men who raise money for local charities. The organization has experienced exponential growth, with over 51 chapters of men and 92 chapters of People, Men, and Kids across North America with an impact of over $10 Million raised for local community charities.
Oliver lives in Calgary and has five children, with only one still residing at home. When he is not working, he enjoys meditating, spending time in the Rocky Mountains and camping.
Andy helps leaders create faster growth, wherever possible using resources they already have. An experienced consultant and coach, he has worked across a wide range of industries and sectors including professional services, technology, media, health, financial services, packaging, automotive and education in many large and global organizations. While based in the UK, Andy travels extensively, and has worked on projects in the US, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Finland, Mexico, Russia and China.
Renowned international authority on management consulting Alan Weiss says this: “Andy Bass is that rare consulting talent who appreciates the synergy between strategic direction and committed support. He sees the job through until the client sees the practical results.”
A seasoned management educator, Andy has taught at Warwick, Strathclyde and Aston Business Schools, and is a visiting faculty member at the Aston Centre for Executive Development. His writings are required reading on courses at Aston and at McGill, and he is on the ‘Big Thinkers’ panel of experts for #ogilvychange, the innovative behavioural change practice of Ogilvy & Mather.
Andrew has a PhD in Computer Science and a BSc in Computer Science and Ergonomics, both from Aston University. Andy’s work has been published online and in leading journals, and he has written two books: The Performance Papers: Incisive Briefings for Busy Leaders, and his new book Start With What Works: A Faster Way to Grow Your Business, which will be published in early 2021.
Andrew is an active member of the Birmingham (UK) business community, including a number of local mentoring organizations. Outside of work, Andrew has dabbled in the dangerous world of stand-up comedy (with decidedly mixed results!) and used to play lead guitar in a tribute band dedicated to the music of Rush.
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.
Lee is an independent consultant who focusses on developing inspired leaders. His passionate commitment to helping individuals develop and achieve outstanding results is recognized by those he has coached. Lee joined Mackay CEO Forums in 2020 in order to continue to provide guidance in the development of leaders.
Lee has also had an extensive career in developing high performance teams in the major project delivery markets. He has led the development and implementation of comprehensive project execution alignment efforts within multiple projects and businesses. His thorough and proven understanding of both the technical and human components required for achieving successful project objectives provides an ideal balance to create effective teams.
Lee’s clients include: South32, Lundin Mining, Technip, WOOD Plc, GoldCorp, Torex Gold, Detour Gold Corporation, Baffinland Mining, ArcelorMittal, COWI Engineering, DeBeers Canada, ExxonMobil, TVS Architects and Aker Kvaerner.
Lee’s 45-year career has specialized in business management, facilitation, and services marketing. He has been an owner of an urban planning firm, Senior Vice President for Business Development, in several service-based organizations and Chief Operating Officer of a major US franchising organization.
In addition to his consulting practice, for the last thirty years, Lee has been an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering. He developed one of the key elective courses in the Master of Project Management program.
Before establishing Benish Consulting & Facilitation, Lee was Vice President, Strategic Relationship Management and Marketing for AMEC’s businesses in the Americas. During his 12 years with AMEC he led the implementation of a comprehensive Strategic Relationship Management program within all of the businesses.
Lee received his Bachelor of Arts with a major in business & communications from Siena Heights University. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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!
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.
Larry M. Cooper, CPA is a well seasoned finance executive with a panache of entrepreneurialism. He is the business partner that every CEO, Owner/Manager and executive team requires to help grow your business and/or sustain your company in these difficult economic times.
Larry has over 30yrs experience working in the CFO role in a wide variety of industries (pharmaceutical, biologicals, CPG, food, retail, automotive), in all sectors of the economy (manufacturing, distribution, service, retail), and operating in all of the different organization structures (public, private, owner managed, multinational). Larry is respected for his integrity and energy; for clear articulation of accounting principles; and for leading change management by example.
Larry is a published author, with his book Red to Black – Secrets of a Savvy CFO to run your business successfully as well as being one of the experts who wrote in the International Best Seller Achieve.
Larry is based in Toronto, is extremely knowledgeable about most professional sports, and keeps fit doing yoga.
Gary works with senior leaders and executives to dramatically improve individual and organizational effectiveness, with specific expertise in innovation, strategy, and talent.
Gary helps leaders to improve their own personal and leadership effectiveness; improve the effectiveness of their key talent; develop high performing teams; create and maintain all the factors related to a highly innovative culture; and develop and execute breakthrough strategies.
Clients work in a diverse range of industries, including logistics, defense, technology, global hospitality, eye health, restaurants, healthcare, financial services, construction, mining, and energy.
Gary’s industry experience outside of consulting includes mining, manufacturing, semiconductor, data storage, flat-panel displays, and thin-film-deposition processes. Gary is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of ASU) and earned his B.A. in Japanese from ASU.
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.
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.
Noah Fleming has changed the way the world thinks about customers. In under five years, Noah has helped his clients generate over $2bn in word-of-mouth business and new revenue from their existing clients. He has significantly increased revenues for hundreds of clients across dozens of industries and markets, and it’s common for his clients to see a 200–500% return on their investment.
Noah works with senior executives and teams across an array of diverse companies such as Michael Kors, The Washington Capitals, Broadway, Mistras Group, and many more. These clients have engaged Noah to find the best strategies, codify sales & marketing processes, and to maximize revenue from new and existing customers.
Noah is the author of the landmark books Evergreen, The Customer Loyalty Loop, and Dealing with Difficult Customers. All three books achieved #1 rankings in three Amazon categories including Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carolin is a certified executive/team coach and a leadership facilitator. She brings over 20 years of business and executive level knowledge in global health science and technology organizations with strategic and operational experience. Her client-centric focus to deliver results, her mobilization of teams to innovate and problem-solve, and her values-based leadership for building profitable, loyal and enduring partnerships with her clients, cross-functional teams, strategic partners and professional associations around the globe has been the hallmark of her success.
Carolin values a team’s uniqueness as the key to actualizing an organization’s success working with CEO, senior executives and their teams, in both private and government organizations, non-profit and entrepreneurial start-ups such TELUS, the Bank of Canada, Ledcor Group of Industries, Purolator, Lockheed Martin, Public Service Procurement Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Carolin is known for her centered presence, insightful perspective and the courage to be honest with leaders’ that is anchored to what is important to them and the needs of the business. She creates a safe environment where leaders’ feel empowered to step outside their comfort zone to activate deep and meaningful change that transforms relationships and cultivates a culture for trust, collaboration, innovation, courage and accountability to enrich organizational purpose and drive success.
Carolin is a Professional Integral Master CoachTM with Integral Coaching Canada and accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is a certified practitioner and facilitator in Human Synergistics Leadership & Culture assessments, The Work ItselfTM, and Interaction Associates programs and assessment tools.
Carolin lives in Ottawa with her husband and is a ‘hockey-mom’ to 2 boys in competitive hockey. She is an avid runner, seasoned traveler and inquisitive reader who instills a sense of adventure and energetic spirit to her family, friends and all aspects of her life.
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.
David is a nationally recognized, and award-winning business development specialist, with a knack for creativity and seeing the future. He has spent the past ten years assisting companies in their growth and development planning in a variety of sectors including not-for-profit and for-profit entities.
He has a proven track record exceeding sales targets in product and service-based businesses.
David is an expert in business resiliency and is studying the same topic at Harvard University. In short, he helps SMEs build margin in their path to success – more gross revenue and net profit – in order to strategically invest in growth. To be business resilient is to have margin, and capability to do more, to dream more!
David lives in Flatrock, NL with his wife and two boys and his doodle and poodle. His family enjoys living by the ocean and the adventure it brings, including sea-dooing when the warm weather hits.