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.

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!

Peter Cook
Peter Cook

Peter Cook

Region: Toronto

Peter’s focus is incorporating the power of professional coaching into business to create admired, high functioning workplaces where people thrive and love to come to work. After more than 30 years in the commercial real estate field, working with CEOs and their executive teams to secure and create their physical work spaces, he is now turning his attention to empowering the workplaces within those walls.

As the Founder and President of Xpotential Executive Coaching, Peter brings his Board Certified Core Energy Coaching and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) qualifications to his practice of empowering CEOs and their workplaces. His approach relies heavily upon the principals of inclusion, empowerment, accountability, results and impact.

Peter is an avid cyclist, beneficiary and proponent of athletic coaching (all professional and Olympic athletes have coaches). In 2016 he will be participating in his fifth Sears National Kids Cancer Ride from coast to coast across Canada on his bicycle along with 24 other cyclists to raise money for childhood oncology research and treatment. In 2012 he set the still unbroken Sears National Kids Cancer Ride record for individual fund raising.

Peter believes in “paying it forward” with some of his other accomplishments for volunteer work including Volunteer of the Year Award recipient from Community Living Toronto and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) REX Award winner for Community Service.

Peter’s credentials include 25 consecutive years as winner of the Cushman & Wakefield President’s Round Table Award, an Award of Excellence recipient and member of the Cushman & Wakefield Hall of Fame. He is also a Dean’s Honour List HBA and MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and Ontario Scholar.

In his free time, Peter enjoys reading, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, getting away to the country to relax outdoors and anything with wheels (cars, motorcycles, ATVs, bicycles and wheelbarrows).

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.

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.

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.

Don Holmstrom
Don Holmstrom

Don Holmstrom

Region: Vancouver

Don Holmstrom’s extensive leadership, strategy and operations integration experience coupled with detailed financial expertise, M&A and capital raising knowledge allows Don to advise CEOs on leadership and team development as well as strategic planning and execution. A CA by trade, Don has spent the past 25 years acquiring companies and managing business integration and strategy as a CFO, COO and CEO for a number of different companies. Don has significant private and public company experience having sat on public, private and NPO boards and been involved as President and CEO of both private and public companies.

Don sat in the CEO chair of a $10M organization for 10 years and relates to the challenges and opportunities CEOs face in today’s market. In addition, Don has been a participant in a CEO peer mentoring group for over a decade. “I cannot tell you how invaluable this experience has been for me professionally and personally. It is like having your own personal board of directors. Having the opportunity to work with MacKay CEO Forums and help other CEOs have this same experience is something I am very passionate about.”

As a principal and on behalf of clients, Don has closed the acquisition and divestiture of over 180 business transactions throughout North America, close to $1 billion worth of transaction value and raised over $75 million in debt and equity capital. Don has extensive experience in finance, business operations management, team leadership, strategy, planning and execution to allow businesses to achieve their maximum potential. Don’s passion for driving incremental performance to the bottom line has been a consistent part of his business career.

Don’s advisory company, Value Drivers Inc. is entering its 6th year of business supporting entrepreneurial companies in improving their operations and financial performance, as well as assisting companies in creating and executing on growth and exit strategies.

Don lives in Port Moody with his family, is active playing hockey and golf, and is passionate about finding the next great BC wine to pair with a wonderful meal.

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 results-driven facilitator, coach and speaker with a passion for team-building. He works with business leaders to improve leadership skills, maximize teamwork and achieve outstanding results, whilst maintaining life balance and finding meaning in what they do.

Nico loves to implement Lencioni’s “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and McChesney & Covey’s “Four Disciplines of Execution”, just two examples of what’s in his toolkit. As the founder and President of Human Management Consulting International, based in New Westminster BC, Nico has more than 30 years of marketing and business development experience. Since founding his company in Canada in 1999, Nico’s has mostly served the Canadian agriculture, food and transportation industries with business development, strategic planning, business and life coaching, communication, marketing and public relations advice, and by implementing solution-finding programs.

His career started in South Africa in agricultural research, and ultimately progressed  to  corporate head of marketing and public relations of the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa, an organization with 4,000 employees. Nico arrived in Canada in 1999 with his wife (a nurse) and two now-grown children. They became proud citizens in 2003 and delighted grandparents in 2012!

Early in his Canadian career, Nico ran BC’s first Agricultural Awareness program. This innovative program won two national awards. He has won several awards on two continents, and most recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013.

Nico enjoys triathlons, long distance cycling, singing, Toastmasters and church activities. He loves a varied life and enriching the lives of 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.

Louis Kelemen
Louis Kelemen

Louis Kelemen

Region: Calgary

Louis is a serial entrepreneur with over 35 years of leadership, ownership, and executive experience in the manufacturing, power co-generation, oil and gas engineering and upstream operations. He’s brings a wealth of knowledge from his firsthand experience in a family business, and since selling his business in 2012 been involved in a start-up, and several turnaround situations.

With a genuine passion for connecting with and helping people Louis has built a strong consulting practice utilizing his excellent networking and leadership skills. He believes that building and nurturing a winning culture are core to success and is what drives business growth. Through his involvement on volunteer boards and extensive networking this native Calgarian has significant business relationships and local business profile.
Louis brings over 25 years of Forum experience through his involvement as a member of the Young Presidents Organization having held Chapter Chair, Education, Forum, Membership, Networking, and Canadian Regional Officer positions from 2002 to present, and was a proud member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) from 1992 through 2002, holding Education, Forum, and Chapter President positions.
Born and raised in Calgary, Louis has a special passion for Calgary and Alberta, is a huge sports fan, and an addition to a loving wife, has three wonderful grown daughters, and a second grandchild on the way. He enjoys all Alberta has to offer and never misses an opportunity to go camping or fishing.
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.

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.

Jonathan Mara
Jonathan Mara

Jonathan Mara

Region: Vancouver

Jonathan brings over 25 years of experience as an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader and over 21 years of experience in chairing CEO peer groups to his role as a forum chair with MacKay CEO Forums. Jonathan has found his true passion in helping organizational leadership teams succeed in their business. As a mentor and coach he is known for fostering high trust in peer group environments. Using emotional intelligence leadership strategies, he achieves deeper disclosure in identifying the true root cause of issues leading to breakthrough results.

In addition to his extensive experience in helping organizational leadership teams get what they want out of their business, Jonathan is the President of Guardian Angel Consulting Ltd. where he is a Professional EOS Implementer specializing in facilitating executive teams utilizing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) to get and stay on the same page in growing their business. He also specializes in the areas of corporate and financial structuring, strategic planning and execution.

Jonathan shares his leadership strengths as Director of the Spartans Foundation which supports student athletes at Trinity Western University. He is a member of the President’s Club of Simon Fraser University from which he graduated in 1987 with a B.SC (Kinesiology). Jonathan was also past Vice- President and Director of Basketball B.C, 2004 – 2012.

Jonathan completed “The Birthing of Giants” (a 3 year entrepreneurial-based business program) at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Boston, Mass. He spends his off time in the great outdoors camping and hiking. He is an active gardener and with his wife, Joan with whom he founded and manages The Spirit Garden in South Surrey, BC.

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.

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, and facilitated world class leadership development programs. As the Principal of The Karmichael Group and a Leadership Consultant with Caliber Leadership Systems, she has been a part of executive development programs for Rogers, Kal Tire, Kinross Gold, Intrawest, Versacold, Nuheat, Spectra Energy, Easy Financial, and the BC Health Authorities among others. She was co-recipient for an HR innovation award for a global leadership program she co-developed.

Prior to becoming an executive coach, Natalie was the VP, Human Resources for Blast Radius, a company rated as a Top 50 Best Managed Private Company four years in a row, and a Top 100 Employer. She got her start in executive search in the technology industry.

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 lives in Furry Creek with her husband of fifteen years, her daughter, and the family dog, Silken. She loves being pushed on the slopes at Whistler, exploring the farmers market on SaltSpring Island, and enjoying BC nature.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mike Verhey
Mike Verhey

Mike Verhey

Region: Toronto

A dynamic results-driven business leader, executive coach and facilitator, Mike has over 25 years’ experience working with CEOs and their executive teams in the areas of leadership and team development, performance management and organizational change. He has advised some of the largest companies in Canada and has run three different HR advisory firms.

Working with Bombardier, for example, Mike developed and managed a five-year comprehensive leadership and integrated coaching initiative that significantly increased their leadership capability and helped them become one of the top 100 employers in Canada. Mike served as the Canadian General Manager for Canada at Development Dimensions International (DDI), the country’s largest leadership training and assessment consulting company. At DDI, Mike doubled the size of the business in four years, and established a leading edge consulting practice despite turbulent economic times. He also served as the Canadian General Manager of a mid-sized human resource services firm, where he created the vision, pulled together key stakeholders, and developed concrete actionable strategies to enhance the way the company went to market. The result was a 42 percent increase in sales in the first year.

Mike is an ICF certified executive coach. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dalhousie University and is bilingual (English and French). Mike has two daughters who are also actively established in the leadership and communications fields.

Dave Willetts
Dave Willetts

Dave Willetts

Region: Vancouver

Dave Willetts has over 25 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 co-founder of Westwind Performance and they have helped over 1,000 leaders in 40 organizations achieve remarkable improvements in productivity, output and reliability and over $500 million in gains for their clients

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 been a management consultant for 20 years and prior to that worked in a major crown corporation where he was provided the opportunity to perform almost every role in the 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 competed 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 Connie and son Jackson.