The CEO EDGE Podcast

Welcome to the CEO Edge podcast , with your host Dr. Nancy MacKay, CEO and Founder of MacKay CEO Forums. Our vision is to populate the world with better leaders. In this podcast we interview successful CEOs and trusted advisors on topics of interest to CEOs today
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Feb 13, 2020

The Genwell Project is on a mission to make the world a happier and healthier place by reminding people about the importance of face to face social connection.

As the Founder of the GenWell Project, Pete Bombaci is a passionate, grassroots brand builder. Pete has served in senior-level roles in both the for-profit and not-for profit sectors and prior to founding The GenWell Project, he served as Country Director of Movember Canada where he oversaw itÕs launch and position as the largest fundraising campaign globally for 5 years.

Pete is a charismatic and visionary business leader who believes that by doing the right thing every day, exceptional results are created.

Genwell Project

Jan 30, 2020

Kirsten Thompson is a Partner in the Corporate group and National Lead of the Transformative Technologies and Data Strategy Group at Dentons Canada. Kirsten's practice has a particular concentration in data-driven industries and disruptive technologies, and she is a leading Canadian practitioner in areas such as Fintech (including blockchain and "smart contracts"), digital identity, Open Data/Open Banking and PSD2 implementation, amongst others.

In her advisory role, Kirsten assists clients in navigating the legal and privacy requirements of new products and technologies. She counsels clients on issues raised by social media, surveillance, online behavioural advertising and FinTech and open banking.

She has worked extensively in the "Internet of Things" area and has advised two leading automakers with respect to their connected and semi-autonomous vehicles, and several companies in respect of their autonomous aerial vehicles (aka drones) and wearable devices.

Kirsten has been recognized in CHAMBERS CANADA as a leading lawyer in the area of Privacy & Data Protection consecutively from 2016-2020.

Dentons Data suite

Jan 23, 2020

John Radford and his business partner have enjoyed a 20-year partnership in Vancouver, BC at Transpectives, providing executive consultancy services to CEOs, specifically within family-owned/operated businesses.

The focus of Transpectives is on helping leaders leverage conflict for change in a globally competitive, rapidly changing environment.

As an executive coach John's CEO clients learn to master the inner track of leadership, turning destructive internal tension and personal sabotage into positive energy for change.

Transpectives Inc. 

Jan 16, 2020

Trudy Pelletier is the President of Trudy Pelletier Consulting, specializing in facilitating difficult conversations within the workplace. Her skills are highly sought after by business leaders interested in optimizing people and performance. She coaches business partners and private businesses on issues such as succession planning and conflict management.

Trudy works with corporate business leaders on communications, leadership development and building an empowering culture. Trudy helps organizations navigate highly charged issues and recurring challenges. Recently, that includes changes to organizational culture following the Me-Too Movement and emerging discussions of gender parity and leadership.

She's a trainer, facilitator with deep sales background, certified executive coach, and designated family enterprise advisor. She has decades of experience in connecting and cultivating understanding of bringing difficult issues from the background into the foreground. Trudy is also licensed in empowering women and men on material now relevant for all genders.

Trudy Pelletier Consulting

Jan 9, 2020

Rick Hansen, a Paralympic athlete and the founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization that removes barriers for people with disabilities by changing attitudes, creating accessible spaces and inspiring an inclusive society.

Rick grew up in Port Alberni, British Columbia, with ambitions for professional sport. When he was 15, on his way home from a fishing trip, he suffered a spinal cord injury when he was thrown from the back of a pickup truck. The accident left him paralysed from the waist down. With support and motivation from various mentors, Rick returned to sport less than a year later, and attended the University of British Columbia, where he became the first person with a disability to graduate with a degree in physical education.

Between 1979 and 1984, Rick won 19 international wheelchair marathons, four world titles, and nine Pan American Wheelchair gold medals. During this period, Rick was named Canada's Disabled Athlete of the Year three times and he represented Canada at the Summer Paralympic Games in 1984.

In 1985, Rick embarked on the Man in Motion World Tour, a two-year journey through 34 countries around the world to raise awareness for the potential of people with disabilities. Through the tour, Rick promoted accessibility and inclusiveness for all, and raised $26 million.

Rick founded the Rick Hansen Foundation in 1988 to continue the work of the Man in Motion World Tour. The Foundation focuses on spinal cord injury research, and other programs which aim to create an accessible and inclusive world where people with disabilities can live to their full potential.

Rick Hansen Foundation

Dec 26, 2019

Linda Oglov, the Founder and Principal of Oglov Business Development Inc, has experienced multiple "chapters" in her executive career including business development for EXPO 86 and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games,and international consulting work in Southeast Asia, Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

When Vancouver won the Olympic 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 now coaches CEOs and executives in several different industries and also offers workshops in career transition, business development and leadership development. Her passion is inspiring and guiding the success of others.

Dec 18, 2019

Kevin Brady, Chairman and Founder of Advica Health, Advica Health is one of Canada's leaders in preventative and supportive healthcare for busy CEOs, Executives and their organizations. Advica Health is also a very valuable Innovator Partner with MacKay CEO Forums.

Kevin's vast experience includes holding senior management positions within one of Canada's largest insurance companies as well as starting his own employee benefits company. While leading these organizations, he saw a need to help companies and employees with health solutions and therefore founded Advica Health.

Kevin shares his expertise in the area of health and wellness through volunteering and giving back to his community. He has served on many boards including Board Chair for both the YMCA and his local hospital, where he is currently leading a Capital Campaign to raise $60 million for the hospital. He is also a sought after speaker on the topic of how companies can improve their profits through employee health and wellness.

Kevin has been recognized as Citizen of the Year in 2007 and Philanthropist of the Year in 2010 for his philanthropic work in his city. He has also received the esteemed Queen's Jubilee Medal that is awarded by the Queen of England in recognition for being an outstanding community member.

Advica Health

Dec 12, 2019

Rob Follows, founder and CEO of STS, combines his education, 10 years of entrepreneurial leadership and 15 years of international corporate experience to help clients transform business success into personal significance. Rob is also the founding Chairman of Altruvest Charitable Services, a Canadian charity focused on improving the performance of charitable organizations by providing training and tools to enhance the governance of charitable boards.

Rob has been recognized with the Top 40 Under 40 business award for creating 1,000 new jobs in Canada. He is an extreme adventurer, Rob is an ultra-marathoner, has climbed the Seven Summits, skied the North and South Poles, and meditated with Tibetan monks in Nepal and Bhutan.

Charlotte Blumenshein is the Director at STS. A results-oriented client service leader, she has led over 40 M&A transactions during her 9 years at STS Capital. Charlotte has extensive knowledge of the private sector in both Canada and the Caribbean, having worked both as an international trade advisor for the Government of Canada and as a marketing manager for a regional Caribbean firm. Charlotte is an entrepreneur at heart, having successfully owned, operated and subsequently sold two tourist-based, service-focused companies.

STS Capital Partners

Nov 28, 2019

Sarah Liverance is a Partner and lead Engagement Champion at Sklar Wilton and Associates. Sklar Wilton is Canada's leading strategy and insights advisory firm helping CEOs, CMOs and marketing teams solve tough business challenges to unlock growth and build stronger brands.

Sarah focuses on the internal management of the company which includes the people development initiatives as well as the financial health and smooth operations of the firm. She firmly believes that healthy whole employees are critical to business success and earlier this year she led her Sklar Wilton team in the launch of Headway, a movement to help companies embrace the best mental health practices.

Sarah has served as an officer in the US Air Force designing computer systems for next generation surveillance satellites. While serving in the Air Force, Sarah completed her MBA and that launched her marketing career which started at Kraft Foods in the USA and Canada. She has strong family ties in the US but is now a proud Canadian.

Sklar Wilton & Associates

Nov 21, 2019

Bill Cates is an internationally recognized client-acquisition expert, author, and speaker who motivates others to take action with proven strategies.

A successful entrepreneur, Bill started and sold two book publishing companies. Turning his attention to help other businesses grow, Bill has written four best-selling books: Get More Referrals Now, Don’t Keep Me a Secret, Beyond Referrals and Radical Relevance.

Bill has delivered his business-growth message to over 300,000 professionals, small business owners, and salespeople across 5 continents; helping them increase revenue without increasing their marketing budget.

Bill Cates’ client-acquisition system has been featured in such publications as Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Selling Power, the Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. And his own business success has been featured in Money Magazine.

Bill was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame in 2010 (182 living members worldwide).

Nov 14, 2019

ProServeIT is recognized as the winner of Microsoft’s 2018 Global Partner for Social Impact Award and as one of Canada’s Best Small & Medium Employers for 2018.

Eric acquired significant experience by working his way up from Principal Consultant to Director of Projects, then VP of Sales & Marketing before becoming President.  Working at ProServeIT was a natural fit with Eric’s passion for teaching businesses how they can leverage technology to enable growth and added value.

Aside from doing strategic planning for ProServeIT’s future growth and direction and speaking at worldwide technology conferences, Eric also helps customers to explore and set strategic directions for implementing and optimizing technology within their organizations.

Oct 30, 2019
Tineke Keesmaat is the Founder and CEO of TILTCO, Inc. and the 2019 Winner of Canada’s Trusted Advisor Award for CEOs of Large Businesses.
Smart, innovative and passionate, Tineke is known for her ability to unlock the potential of leaders and their organizations. 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.
Tiltco Inc. is a boutique consultancy that focuses on helping ambitious leaders set and achieve a bold vision.  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. 
Tineke and Tiltco offer highly customized services to help leaders set their vision, strategy and culture. Tiltco’s programs are designed to deliver the strategy promises while engaging and inspiring team members while committed to modernizing how leaders approach change.
Oct 24, 2019
Steve Foran is a highly rated CEO Forum Chair with MacKay CEO Forums, the founder of “Gratitude at Work” and the 2019 Winner of Canada’s Trusted Advisor Award.
Steve has been on the leading edge of gratitude-based research, writing, and teaching for almost fifteen years.  He recently released his book, “Surviving to Thriving – The 10 Laws of Grateful Leadership” and is the publisher of the nationally recognized video blog “Keeping Level”.
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. An electrical engineer and one of three Canadians awarded the Certified Speaking ProfessionalTM designation, Steve brings a detail-oriented and thoughtful approach to his working relationships and client engagements.
Steve has worked with company leaders across North America for the past 10 years, shifting cultures and helping teams bring more gratitude to work every day.  
Gratitude at Work
Oct 16, 2019

Katie Bennett is a highly rated CEO Forum Chair with MacKay CEO Forums, the founder of Double Black Diamond Coaching and a 2019 Winner of Canada’s Trusted Advisor to Executives of Medium to Large Businesses Award.

After 11 years working in advertising at some of the world’s top agencies, Katie started Double Black Diamond Coaching in 2000. Her work at Double Black Diamond Coaching focuses on the intersection of three key areas: Creating a highly effective Executive Team, Developing the individual Leaders, and Building alignment around a simple One Page Strategic Plan.

Katie’s business focus is working with CEO’s and their executive teams to build high functioning 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, ensuring alignment around key priorities and developing a method of holding teams accountable to results.  

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.

Oct 10, 2019
Mike Johnston founded and has led REDspace for over 19 years.  With his talented team comprised of over 200 full-time employees, REDspace creates award-winning web, mobile, video and gaming experiences for its global partners including Turner, Viacom, Sony Pictures, IBM and NBC Universal.
Mike began his IT career in Boston after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University.  Passionate about education and inspiring the next generation of innovators, Mike is the founding president of the Harvard Club of Atlantic Canada and currently serves as Interview Chair.  He is also a National Interview Chair for the prestigious Loran scholarship and a NSCC IT Program Advisory Committee member.
Jul 25, 2019
Foley’s Candies is Western Canada’s largest manufacturer of chocolate and confectionary coatings and since 2006 has had an extraordinary period of growth and learning, with EBITDA over 30% and profits over 20% since 2016.
In 2006 Brian purchased Foleys Candies and together with an exceptional management team built Foleys into the largest chocolate manufacturer in Western Canada. A commitment to quality, customer service and product innovation allowed Foleys to enjoy consistent growth in revenue and profitability.  In late 2015, Brian made the decision to sell the business yet currently remains active on the Board.
Prior to Foleys, Brian’s career included banking with a US headquartered commercial bank and in the early ‘80s he made the move to Vancouver where he worked in corporate / commercial banking, fixed income and investment banking over the next 25 years.
In October 2016, Andrew Elliott was hired by Yellow Point Equity Partners as the new President and CEO of Foley’s Candies. Andrew and the Foley’s Candies’ executive team initiated cost management, product rationalization and procurement disciplines that have grown EBITDA over 30% and profits over 20% since 2016. The group also launched a number of team focused initiatives to support career and professional development and culture building.
In December 2018 Foley’s acquired Brockmann’s Chocolate’s, a premium confectioner based in Delta, British Columbia. By living their purpose of “Sharing Happiness by Creating Products in Partnership”, Foley’s and Brockmann’s deliver bespoke indulgence and exceptional service to customers throughout North America.
Before joining Foley’s, Andrew’s career included leading the fruit and nut business unit of Golden Boy Foods and nearly a decade with Coca Cola Bottling Company.
Foley's Candies
Jul 17, 2019
Murray Neilson leads client development and relationship management at Nicola Wealth.  Murray is also a highly-rated MacKay CEO Forums Chair.
Nicola Wealth is a full-service wealth planning firm for high net worth families and individuals.  Nicola Wealth is also one of MacKay CEO Forum’s valuable National Partners.
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 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.  
Nicola Wealth
Jul 8, 2019

Bill is an internationally recognized client-acquisition expert, author, and speaker who motivates others to take action with proven strategies. 

A successful entrepreneur, Bill started and sold two book publishing companies. Turning his attention to help other businesses grow, Bill has written four best-selling books:  Get More Referrals Now, Don’t Keep Me a Secret, Beyond Referrals and Radical Relevance.

Bill has delivered his business-growth message to over 300,000 professionals, small business owners, and salespeople across 5 continents; helping them increase revenue without increasing their marketing budget.

Bill Cates’ client-acquisition system has been featured in such publications as Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Selling Power, the Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.  And his own business success has been featured in Money Magazine.

Bill was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame in 2010 (182 living members worldwide). 

Bill Cates

Jul 3, 2019

Dominick Gauthier is one of the most influential minds in the Canadian Olympic realm. A business leader, world-class coach, mentor, fundraiser, broadcaster, and former Olympic mogul skier, Gauthier has coached multiple Olympic Champions and created the B2ten Foundation. With 33 Million dollars raised from the private sector, B2ten builds optimal preparation plans for  Canada’s best Olympic athletes, with the goal to have a significant impact on the Canadian Olympic sport system.   Dominick now leads the organization, over which he insures that 20 athletes at each winter and summer Olympics are fully prepared.  Amongst his most famous athletes are Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, for whom he built and directed the team behind their success.  Gauthier’s understanding of high-performance, the ability to think differently and thereby maximize the result of the athlete and/or team, relates perfectly to workplace and everyday life.

The Great Kitchen Party Canada

Jun 27, 2019

Doris understands the evolution of small to mid-market businesses and the people challenges inherent in any growing venture.  For over twenty years, through the founding and growth of Centrepoint, she has consulted and advised leaders of owner-managed businesses, non-profit and government organizations, as well as budding entrepreneurs in the chaos of business start-up.

She is passionate about helping leaders develop and deliver on a vision for themselves and their organizations so they can achieve their personal, professional, and business goals with clarity and confidence. By defining the work people do, assessing talent needs, reimagining recruitment strategies, or advancing leadership growth, she supports their commitment to see people thrive and business accelerate.

She works with clients to plan and scout the road ahead, engaging them in essential conversations to resolve their people issues without second guessing the decisions they make. Whether working with founders, CEO’s, emerging or tenured leaders, she provides fresh perspectives and strategies to help them navigate their journey with wisdom and integrity.

Doris is an accomplished speaker, facilitator, and frequent presenter to various CEO and executive forum groups, professional associations and management teams.

As a writer and educator, she has authored many articles, blog posts, white papers, and management tool kits to advance workplace innovation and contemporary people practices. She is the author of the book Basic to Brilliant: The definitive guide to transforming your people practices, A playbook for the small to mid-size enterprise. (Available at all major online retailers.)

She holds Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees, has completed graduate work in organizational development, and holds the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, along with certifications in a number of psychometric assessment instruments.


Jun 19, 2019

Yellow Point partners with leading business owners to help guide their companies to the next level of success.  Since 2004, Yellow Point has delivered top quartile returns to investors and helped many of their partners multiply the value of their equity stakes.

As one of the co-founders of Yellow Point, Brian Begert is primarily involved in sourcing and assessing prospective partnerships, as well as facilitating growth and new initiatives in investee companies.

Previous to Yellow Point, Brian co-founded Goepel Shields & Partners in 1989 (an investment firm which was acquired by Raymond James in 2000) and served the following 14 years as managing director of investment banking for Raymond James and its predecessor companies.

In his capacity at Raymond James, Brian facilitated capital raises, public offerings, and private placements for numerous services, industrial and technology companies.

Dave Chapman is a Yellow Point co-founder and Managing Partner and spends much of his time identifying new investment opportunities and encouraging growth in existing portfolio companies.

He was previously CEO of Greenlight Power Technologies, a privately held energy technology company that he successfully repositioned from a small niche player to the global leader in its field.

In 2003, Dave engineered the sale of Greenlight to a strategic buyer. Prior to Greenlight, Dave was a Senior Vice President in the investment banking group of Merrill Lynch.

He is a Partner of BC Social Venture Partners, a group of business executives tackling BC’s largest social challenges through a venture philanthropy model.

Yellow Point Equity Partners

Jun 11, 2019

Dirk is passionate about helping organizations evolve into happier, healthier and more meaningful places to work.  He is an advocate, through research and experience, in reinventing the way we work where every member can grow, develop and share their gifts and talents with the world.

Dirk continuously innovates with self-management, wholeness and evolutionary purpose practices and frameworks in order for organizations and teams to harmoniously work better together. A globally recognized leader, Dirk has worked and lived in Mexico, Germany, USA, Sweden and now Canada.

ET Group provides unique and innovative new business structures, practices and processes to clients such as Cisco, CB Richard Ellis, Bell, London Life, the Province of Ontario plus many others.

ET Group

May 30, 2019

Dr. Joti Samra, is an award-winning clinical psychologist and innovator in the area of psychological health and wellness.   Dr. Samra is the Founder & Principal of “My Workplace Health”, as well as Founder and Principal of “Dr. Joti Samra & Associates”.

In her role as principal developer for both My Workplace Health and her clinic, Dr. Samra has created a number of evidence-based resources for leaders and organizations in the areas of depression, suiciduality, chronic health conditions and workplace psychological health and safety.

A talented and dynamic expert in presenting innovative psychological research in an entertaining and accessible way has Dr. Samra appearing on various critically acclaimed docu-reality series such as “Confessions: Animal Hoarding”, A&E’s “Intervention”, on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network Canada), and is the Clinical Expert Spokesperson for Bell’s “Lets Talk” Day.

She is past recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award and the BC Psychological Associations’ Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award.  In addition, Dr. Samra is past President of the British Columbia Psychological Association and past Chair of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee.

Dr. Joti Samra

May 23, 2019

Dr. Elisabeth Sherman
Director of Brain Health and Psychology

Dr. Sherman is the director of brain health and psychological health and a clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in brain health and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Sherman also heads a private practice in neuropsychology where she conducts medico-legal assessments. Dr. Sherman has served as neuropsychologist, researcher, and consultant for hospital Neurology and Neurosurgery departments, and is the author of three books, including a well-known reference text for neuropsychological assessment and the first reference book on pediatric forensic neuropsychology. She has authored over 20 book chapters and 65 scientific articles and has delivered over 85 presentations at national and international scientific conferences in addition to serving as speaker for corporate and community events. Dr. Sherman has served as editorial board member for scientific journals such as the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Child Neuropsychology, and Epilepsia and has served as invited journal reviewer for numerous scientific journals in the area of neuropsychology. She founded two pediatric neuropsychology fellowship training programs, serving as Fellowship Director at both BC Children’s Hospital and Alberta Children’s Hospital and helping to train the next generation of neuropsychologists. Dr. Sherman is also the author of three commercial tests of memory and of performance validity.

Dr. Sherman holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with Neuropsychology Specialization from the University of Victoria, completed her internship at London Health Sciences Center in Ontario, and completed postdoctoral training at UCLA. She has held prior positions as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and in the Department of Paediatrics, and as Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Sherman’s goal is to make the science of brain health accessible and understandable, and to help people improve their brain health and wellbeing at work and at home. She has helped individuals and groups learn how to optimize their brain health, maximize their performance at work, and better understand healthy aging. She is an accomplished clinician who assesses and treats patients with brain conditions and psychological conditions, including traumatic brain injury/concussion, ADHD, PTSD, memory loss, and dementia.

Copeman Healthcare

May 15, 2019

As General Manager of Edelman Vancouver, Bridgitte leads a team of highly experienced experts in  helping clients earn trust through communications strategies.

Before coming to Edelman, Bridgitte was Press Secretary to a former BC Premier and a local and national news anchor.

In recent years at Edelman, Bridgitte led the Corporate Communications Practice in the Vancouver office and provided counsel to brands such as Vancouver Airport Authority, Pacific Blue Cross, and the Industry Training Authority. 

An avid community leader, Bridgitte is a big believer in giving back.  Outside of the office, she is a Director on the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and Co-Chair of the Jack Webster Foundation. 


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