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We recognized the winners at our October 3 EDGE Summit in Vancouver.

Katie Bennett

2019 Winner
Advisors to Executives of Medium to Large Businesses

After 11 years working in Advertising at some of the worlds top agencies, Katie started Double Black Diamond Coaching in 2000. Katie’s business focus is working with CEO’s and their executive teams to build high functioning executive teams that are firing on all cylinders and delivering outstanding results.

She does this through a primary focus on helping her teams understand the value of getting offsite on a quarterly basis to deepen the connection among the leaders, ensure alignment around key priorities and develop a method of holding teams accountable to results. The work at Double Black Diamond Coaching focuses on the intersection of three key areas: Creating a highly effective Executive Team. Developing the individual Leaders. Building alignment around a simple One Page Strategic Plan.

Katie’s clients tell her she brings a unique blend of positive energy, inspiration and laser insight and a great sense of humour to her work. With a profound ability to build high degrees of trust with a group very quickly.

Katie’s clients include CEO’s and executive team members from large organizations through entrepreneurial businesses. Her industry experience includes technology, wealth management, the clean energy sector, commercial real estate, big pharma, media and advertising, retirement living, insurance, construction, manufacturing, engineering and more.

Katie attended the Ivey School of Business, trained with the Coaches Training Institute and has been published in the Globe and Mail over 70 times.

Katie partnered with MacKay CEO Forums in 2017 and currently chairs two executives groups and has not looked back, finding incredible synergy in the partnership.

Steve Foran

2019 Winner
Advisors to CEOs of Medium Businesses

Prior to 2018, I described it as a “training and development” company. I now realize that is like calling a Tesla a car. The description helps people get the basic idea but in reality, Tesla and Gratitude at Work are disruptive and transformational. Today, I call it a “happiness” company because the overarching goal in our work is to help people spend more time thriving and less time surviving. To do this, we provide the tools to build and maintain a grateful frame of mind.

While we operate within the context of workplaces, human dignity rests at the forefront of our approach and we believe that the impact of our work has a ripple effect into the homes and communities in which these workers live.

Over the past 12 years, we’ve built a series of tools and programs, grounded in science and our professional practice, that introduce gratitude as a practical tool to living a flourishing life and teach the habits needed for personal and professional success. Our training, consulting, facilitation and coaching services help clients become better leaders and build better places to work.

Tineke Keesmaat

2019 Winner
Advisors to CEOs of Large Businesses

She has worked with organizations of all sizes and industries. What is core to her work is finding and supporting ambitious leaders who want to make big things happen for themselves, their teams and their organizations.

Since launching Tiltco in 2013, Tineke has worked with leaders from across sectors and a range of sizes on their toughest leadership and organizational issues. Tiltco Inc. is a boutique consultancy that focuses on helping ambitious leaders set and achieve a bold vision. We offer highly customized services to help leaders set their vision, strategy and culture. Our programs are designed to deliver the strategy promises while engaging and inspiring team members. We are committed to modernizing how leaders approach change.

Sue Matheson

2019 Winner
Advisors to Executives of Medium to Large Businesses

She “tells it like it is” and her clients value her for that. In 2005 she was invited by John Furlong to facilitate the development of the Strategic Plan for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and continued to work with him and his Executive Team for the next five years leading up to the Olympics.

Sue’s long client list includes companies with highly recognizable brands such as MEC, Freybe Gourmet Foods, A&W, and Hootsuite. Her work encompasses a broad range of organizational development activities including strategic renewal to leadership and team development, change implementation and culture evolution. Sue’s “value add” to her clients are being able to connect the dots across all these areas to help ensure organizational alignment around priorities and goals.

In 2013 she partnered with Nancy MacKay of MacKay CEO Forums to become a Forum Chair. After a year she was up to six forum groups and hasn’t looked back. She is currently chairing the largest number of CEOs and Executives in the MacKay network and in January of 2019 became one of the first Chairs at MacKay with the “Master Certified Forum Chair” designation.

More recently Sue has partnered with Erin Sills and Sheila Bouman to bring a new leadership and team development firm – High Impact Lab – to life. They believe that applied leadership and team development is the only way to truly grow leadership competencies. They are currently partnering with several companies to transform leadership and rehumanize the workplace.

John Nieuwenburg

2019 Winner
Advisors to CEOs/Owners of Small Businesses

Offers a proven record of success in New Business Development, Situational Turnarounds, Operational Problem Solving and Multi-disciplinary Team Leadership. Maintains a genuine commitment to providing excellence in service and product delivery, while implementing cost-effective strategies that facilitate long range organizational goals.

Forward thinking; solution-oriented and results-driven. Since 2009, I’ve operated as W5 Coaching – a name derived from the 5 questions: who, what, when, where and why – which underpin the Socratic methodology I employ in my coaching.

John Radford

2019 Winner
Advisors to CEOs/Owners of Family Businesses

The focus of the firm is on the utilization of reconciliation and trust building process to realize effective business practices in a globally competitive, rapidly changing environment.

I have enjoyed a 20-year business partnership with Viola Neufeld, which has allowed us to bring complimentary perspectives to cutting edge conflict facilitation, conflict training with skill development, and executive coaching.  In addition to providing creative options for successful transition, we also help our clients to navigate complexity and the challenges that come with organizational change.

Our 2019 CTA Awards Judging Panel

Our CTA Awards Judging Panel was made up of successful CTAs, CEOs/Executives/Business Owners/Board Members from across Canada who believe in the impact of external CEO Trusted Advisors.

Paul Hollands

Board Chair, A+W

In February 2018 he retired as Chief Executive Officer of Food Services but remains Chairman.  He has been involved in all major areas of the business including marketing, operations, franchising, development and new business.

In 1995, Mr. Hollands was the recipient of the “Top 40 Under 40” award from the Financial Post and Caldwell Partners.  In 2015, Mr. Hollands was the recipient of the “BC CEO of the Year” award from Business in Vancouver and MacKay CEO Forums.  Mr. Hollands holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. He is a Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, a Director of Bakers Delight Holdings Ltd., and a Director and Chair of Vendasta Technologies Ltd. He is a Past Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and a Past Chair of Restaurants Canada (formerly the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association).

Flavia Boffo

Principal, Boffo Properties

As a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Flavia has extensive experience with a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial developments from townhouses to warehouses. She brings a strong attention to detail and a creative eye to every project in which she is involved.

Flavia places an emphasis on tradition, so that each stage of any project is built for the future, while inspired from the past.

Lance Secretan

CEO, The Secretan Centre

Dr. Lance Secretan 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.

Lance is a riveting speaker and is acknowledged globally as one of our most insightful and original leadership teachers. He 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.

Bob MacDonald

Board Chair, Wakefield Canada

Wakefield Canada Inc is a privately owned, entrepreneurial company that was established in July 2005 to become the strategic partner for BP representing the Castrol Lubricants brand in Canada. It is focused

exclusively on servicing over 8000 customers in Canada in the Retail, New Car Dealer, traditional automotive aftermarket, Quick Lube and Heavy Duty channels. Castrol is the number one brand of passenger car motor oils in Canada. Wakefield has become a key participant in the Canadian Automotive Aftermarket representing the global Castrol lubricants brand and the Super Clean line of Heavy Duty cleaners/degreasers. Wakefield operates a lubricants manufacturing plant in Etobicoke, Ontario, has distribution facilities across Canada.

Muskoka Brewery is a privately held, entrepreneurial company producing high quality craft beers in Bracebridge, Ontario since 1996. Bob invested in Muskoka Brewery in 2008 and has contributed to the building of the business and the brand to become one of the top craft breweries in Canada. In 2017 the company expanded into the Muskoka Spirits distilling business.

Martin Thibodeau

Regional President, British Columbia, RBC Royal Bank

Martin joined RBC 30 years ago, and has held a number of senior management positions that led him to travel across the country, notably as Regional President, Quebec; Regional Vice-President, Eastern New Brunswick and P.E.I.; Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Quebec Headquarters; Regional Vice-President, Commercial Financial Services, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Ontario; and Vice-President, Canadian Banking, Toronto.

An energetic, inspiring and authentic leader, Martin is very committed to his community and has dedicated his time and skills in service of a number of organizations. Martin is a Governor of the BC Business Council, a Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cancer Research Society, he sits on the Board of Directors for BC Children’s Hospital and is part of the CABGU Board for BC & Alberta. At RBC, Martin is the Co-Chair for the Diversity Leadership Council and he has head the Centraide/United Way campaign for financial institutions for many years.

During his career, Martin has received several distinctions and recognition from his peers, including the Alter-Ego Award presented by the Association des femmes en finance du Québec, Global Citizen’s Award, presented by RBC, Pytagore Award from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Performance Award from ESG-UQAM, and Personality of the Year, Financial Institutions from Finance & Investment.