As President & Chief Executive Officer of Vancity, Canada's largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman believes that banking has a vital role in building healthy communities. Under Tamara's leadership, Vancity has gained international recognition for its values-based banking model.
This was achieved while growing the assets plus assets under administration of the credit union 61 per cent to $25.6 billion and achieving the highest profits in the organization's 70-year history. Under Tamara's direction, more than one-fifth, or $5.4 billion, of Vancity's assets plus assets under administration are invested in impact.
Tamara has been recognized as BC’s CEO of the Year, 2016 and is a Women's Executive Network: Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Famer. Vancity has also been recognized as Canada’s Top Corporate Citizen by Corporate Knights, 2016 and 2017.
Peter George has been president and CEO of McKim Communications Group since 2008. A 25-year industry veteran, Peter has played a leadership role in developing brands for many regional and national organizations, including the University of Manitoba, Travel Manitoba, the City of Regina and many others. He co-founded his first agency in 1995 and grew it over 11 years into an industry leader in Manitoba.
After merging his company with a long-standing Manitoba competitor (McKim) in 2006, Peter has led the agency through a long period of growth and regeneration. Peter has an executive MBA in technology marketing from Lansbridge University, a Masters in Management from the American Graduate School of Management, and a Diploma in Design from Red River College.
Nancy is the Founder & CEO of MacKay CEO Forums, with a vision to populate the world with better leaders. Contributing to the success of others is what gets Nancy out of bed in the morning and fuels the passion behind MacKay CEO Forums – the highest impact and least time intensive peer group for hundreds of results-oriented CEOs across Canada.
Passionate about accelerating CEO performance through peer learning, Nancy is a CEO coach, dynamic keynote speaker, and published author. Nancy focuses on strategy and culture, is the driving force behind the firm’s strategic partnerships and is a strong
advocate of recognizing the incredible CEO talent we have in Canada through the BC CEO Awards and the Most Admired CEO Awards. Nancy is a National judge for the Deloitte Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program and she is a Vice-Chair on the Board of Governors of the Waterstone Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Program.
Nancy founded MacKay CEO Forums in 2005, after seeing first hand the tremendous value of having CEOs come together to learn from each other, and to help each other deal with their toughest issues and challenges.
Nancy got her start as a University professor teaching in the business faculty of several universities, including Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo and Lincoln University in New Zealand. She holds a B.Math and Masters degree in Management
Sciences from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in Business from Canterbury University in New Zealand. Nancy co-authored “The Talent Advantage” by Wiley Publishing and she is the host of The CEO EDGE podcast series theceoedge.ca – 10min-20min interviews with CEOs and CEO Advisors on the topic of Exponential Change.
Nancy is a former member of the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame Gala Cabinet, and has held board positions on the SFU Board of Governors, Partnerships for a Drug Free Canada, and the YWCA.
Nancy resides in North Vancouver, BC with her husband and business partner, Robert, and their two teenage kids.
Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 20 years. Based in Toronto, Canada, Lang is an anchor and reporter for Bell Media, including as an anchor on its business network Business News Network, and as a reporter for CTV News. She is also host of a podcast to air on iHeart Radio in 2018. Lang has been an anchor for Bloomberg Television, as the host of Bloomberg North with Amanda Lang. Previously, Lang was CBC’s senior business correspondent, reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program airing on CBC News Network. For five years before that Lang hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, with television personality Kevin O’Leary. Prior to that the pair co-hosted SqueezePlay, on BNN, for 6 years.
Lang is also a best-selling author. “The Power of Why,” (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. “The Beauty of Discomfort” (HarperCollins, April 2017) examines how difficult change can be, and set out strategies for how to achieve it.
Lang studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, before becoming a journalist. Her first job in journalism was for Canada’s Globe and Mail, and subsequently Lang joined the Financial Post newspaper, where she became the paper’s New York correspondent. In New York she made the leap to television, where she first was part of the team that launched BNN and before long wound up at CNN as a reporter and anchor.
Sean is a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran with 12 years of experience and training in Mental Toughness, Leadership, Psychological Resiliency and Body Language. He has trained Soldiers and Law Enforcement to perform at elite levels of success and to thrive under adverse conditions – he will create a shift in you and your organization that is both powerful and positive. Sean provides a different approach – a dynamic shift – to performing in daily business operations, in conflict and in critical goal-oriented endeavours; not only to succeed but to achieve excellence.
Sean’s clients include leadership teams and executive coaching from First West Credit Union, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Kal Tire, Island Savings, Mission Group and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
As president and chief executive officer of Vancity, Canada's largest community credit union, Tamara Vrooman believes that banking has a vital role in developing a healthy society—building the well-being of people and, at the same time, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the communities in which they live and work. This summarizes Vancity's vision of redefining wealth.
Tamara views the economy as much more than what is written on a balance sheet; it includes the social and natural economies in which we all live. Understanding the interdependence of these three means that Vancity takes a very different approach to banking, ensuring its products, services and advice deliver financial, social and environmental results for the more than 523,000 members it serves.
As a member-owned financial co-operative, Vancity is ideally suited to operate in an economy that is ever changing because it is through its close connection with members that Vancity sees what is required to meet their changing needs. This 'member-led innovation' guides Vancity in its business strategies to use the $25.6 billion in members' assets and assets under administration it holds to create community impact.
Under Tamara's leadership, Vancity has gained international recognition for its values-based banking model. Vancity was the first Canadian financial institution invited to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, an independent network of the world's leading sustainable banks and banking co-operatives. Tamara's voice is also sought internationally—she has been invited by Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, as well as other government and business leaders to share Vancity's business model at various summits and conferences.
Tamara's achievements include leading Vancity to become the first carbon-neutral financial institution in North America, to become the largest private-sector living wage employer in Canada, and to tackle the shadow financial system by launching an alternative to predatory payday loans for its members—the Vancity Fair & Fast Loan™. Vancity was named Canada's Best Corporate Citizen in both 2016 and 2017 by Corporate Knights, and has also received many national and international awards for its business leadership.
All of this was achieved while growing the assets plus assets under administration of the credit union 61 per cent to $25.6 billion and achieving the highest profits in the organization's 70-year history. Under Tamara's direction, more than one-fifth, or $5.4 billion, of Vancity's assets plus assets under administration are invested in impact.
Prior to joining Vancity, Tamara served as Deputy Minister of Finance for the Province of British Columbia and as Secretary to the Treasury Board and CEO of the Public Sector Employers' Council where she oversaw the government's annual $100 billion borrowing and cash requirements and developed its $36 billion fiscal plan. Her prior portfolio was as Deputy Minister and Executive Financial Officer for the Ministry of Health.
Tamara pursued post-secondary education at the University of Victoria, earning a Master of Arts in History in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts with honours in 1991. She also received an Honorary Doctorate (Laws) from Simon Fraser University in 2016 and an Honorary Doctorate (Technology) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2013.
On a personal level, Tamara lends her voice and leadership experience to issues related to women, families and children with a particular focus on issues related to equality, inclusion and empowerment.
Duncan is a Vice Chair of Deloitte Canada and Chile whose professional activities focus on major institutional investor clients, global private family businesses and regional governments. Duncan also leads Deloitte’s Future of Canada Centre, which is responsible for the thought leadership and public policy positions of the firm. As the inaugural Dean of Deloitte University North Duncan is responsible for leadership development at Deloitte Canada and Chile.
Duncan has been with Deloitte for 30 years and throughout that time has been passionate about not only serving clients, but growing and developing those around him. One area of particular pride has been the number of people Duncan has mentored to grow into incredible partners and leaders in the firm. His deepest belief is that leadership is about rolling up your sleeves and getting to work on shared challenges. He brings this approach to Deloitte’s ambitious Canada 175 eminence program, where he has driven perspectives on what it will take for Canada to be the best country to live and work in 25 years from now.
In addition to his client responsibilities, Duncan has been Director of Audit, Managing Partner of Edmonton and the Regional Managing Partner of British Columbia, and a member of Deloitte Canada’s board. In addition to his Deloitte responsibilities, he is an active member of several community organizations including chair of the innovation committee of the BC Business Council, and the boards of the Stanford Global Projects Center, the Lazaridis Institute and the United Way.
Lorraine’s expertise and talents create unprecedented outcomes for organizations and individuals. Her seminal work in inspired leadership delivers game changing outcomes. A thought leader in strategic speed, innovation and executive performance, Lorraine is sought out to contribute to the transformation of companies and individuals. Author of Feet to the Fire, How to Exemplify and Create the Accountability That Creates Great Companies, and forthcoming book, The 360 Degree CEO, Generating Profits While Leading and Living with Passion and Principles, Lorraine’s clients benefit from her experience as a corporate executive and strategic advisor. At TD Bank, 19th largest bank in the world, Lorraine was a member of the executive team who led the largest financial services merger in North American history. While at TransCanada, she was an integral contributor on the small team who led the successful first phase of Keystone pipeline.
Her global client base includes organizations such as Enbridge, BHP, Telus, KPMG, Brion, TransCanada, Deloitte, Engie and others. Lorraine chairs CEO Forums with participants from a variety of national organizations. Lorraine was named a Woman of Distinction in 2017, and in 2016 was inducted into the global Million Dollar Consulting Hall of Fame© and CV Magazine named Lorraine Best Leadership and Executive Consultant Western Canada.
Some of her published articles have appeared in American Business, Advantage, Oil and Gas Monitor and Pharmaceutical Compliance Monitor, The TJE American Business and others. Lorraine’s expertise is regularly sought by NY firms such as Coleman Research Group, Stern and Associates and Mosaic where she shares her expertise through webinars, debates and/or directly to global clients.
An active board director for over 25 years, Lorraine holds an ICD.D and contributes broadly to her community.
Lorraine holds a BA from Western University and a MBA from Athabasca University. She is married to the man she fell for at age 18 and loves spending time with her children, stepchildren and grandchildren. She and her husband are avid and adventurous travelers. Together they hiked Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu, toured Kenya, Turkey, China, India, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, Malaysia and more. Frequent attendance at Burning Man is just one of the ways Lorraine satisfies her love of art, music, theatre and diverse cultural experiences.
Natalie Michael has worked in private practice developing executives for the last fifteen years. Whether as an executive coach, CEO forum chair or succession management consultant, her main goal is to help companies identify and develop executive potential. She has coached hundreds of executives, from Canada to Africa to New Zealand, with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups. Before turning to coaching and consulting, Natalie led organizations that won accolades such as best-managed company, fastest-growing company and top employer. In her personal time, she loves quiet mornings on her mat and hitting the trails with her family.
Brian Conlin is an executive coach, mentor, board member and business advisor who worked in employee-owned organizations for over thirty years. He personally went through a successful transition as the former CEO of Golder Associates, a professional services firm that grew during his leadership from a modest regional business to a global powerhouse with over nine thousand employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenue. During his career, Brian has coached and supported the development of dozens of leaders. Today he coaches executives from small start-ups through to large, complex firms. He enjoys engaging with executives who dream big, want to succeed and care for others. A family man with two grown boys and a granddaughter, he enjoys volunteering for worthy causes, cycling and playing golf.
Dr. Karen MacNeill is a registered psychologist at Copeman Healthcare Centre in Calgary. She has over 15 years of experience in the helping profession. Dr. MacNeill holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of British Columbia, and is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists and the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.
Dr. MacNeill has firsthand knowledge of the attributes required to achieve and sustain peak performance. She competed at the international level in sport, and has worked with high performance athletes and Olympians since 1998 and attended the Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2010 in capacity of Mental Performance Consultant. At the 2010 Olympics, she was manager of sport psychology services for Vanoc’s medical team. Dr. MacNeill also worked with athletes who won Olympic gold and silver medals while competing at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Dr. MacNeill is an established facilitator and speaker, delivering workshops to the Haskayne School of Business Executive Education program, and providing the keynote speech to aspiring leaders at the Young Women of Influence event in Calgary. Her career achievements and volunteer efforts have been publically recognized as she was a recipient of the 2010 Avenue Top 40 under 40 Award.
Dr. MacNeill’s academic background and applied experience blend well, providing her with a strong for training others to achieve high levels of personal and performance excellence.
Salim travels extensively sharing a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies and how organizations can leverage these disruptions to grow 10x faster than their peers. His book, Exponential Organizations, quickly reached No. 1 on Amazon's "Best-Sellers in Business Management" and was named Frost & Sullivan's "Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year." His captivating, educational, and downright jaw-dropping presentations have been called "mind-blowing" and "the best talk I think I've ever heard."
Salim has spent the last seven years building Singularity University as its founding executive director and current global ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames, and its goal is to "educate, inspire, and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's grand challenges." SU has empowered people from more than 85 countries to apply disruptive technologies - biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience - to more than 100 startups and countless patents and ideas.
Prior to Singularity, Salim was a vice president at Yahoo, where he build and ran Brickhouse, the company's internal incubator. His last company, Ångströ, a news aggregation startup, was sold to Google in 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web, and the New York Grant Company, a direct response to 9/11. In its first year, the organization attracted over 400 clients and delivered over $12 million of federal grants to the local economy.
Jared Smith is the co-founder of Incite, a strategic growth marketing firm, and Turning Point, a business development training platform, with clients across Canada. Jared has dedicated most of his career advising senior leaders in highgrowth organizations. Jared was named one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40, has won Entrepreneur of the Year Awards with BDC Canada and the Chamber of Commerce, and in 2016 he was recognized as one of Business in Edmonton Magazine's top 20 Business Leaders.
Jared's passion for community-building keeps him busy. He is the Past-President of the Entrepreneurs' Organization, the Honorary Chair of the Glenrose Foundation, the Chair of the Edmonton Mayor's Business Roundtable and sits on the board for the University of Alberta Property Trust.
Jared is a sought-after public speaker, moderator and facilitator and appears as a key-note speaker at numerous Canada-wide business events.
Cheryl is an award winning international consultant, best-selling author and highly sought after keynote speaker, and she has worked in multiple industries, with hundreds of clients and thousands of leaders worldwide.
For over 20 years Cheryl Cran has wholeheartedly devoted herself to the study and application of leadership mastery. Her greatest joy received from her work is in partnering with her clients to create extraordinary results and to be a part of their successes.
Cran’s research and thought leadership on the Future of Work and Change Leadership have been featured in CNBC, Huffington Post, Metro New York, Readers Digest, Financial Post, Fox, Entrepreneur magazine and more. In addition, Cheryl’s reputation as a Future of Work and Leadership Expert has landed her on numerous Top Influencers lists on social media.
Her client partners include globally known brands such as AT&T, Ceridian, BDO, Gartner, Johnson & Johnson, E3 Wealth, Manulife and more. Cheryl also works and partners with mid-sized as well as boutique sized companies.
In 1989 Valerie began her coaching career as a partner in the Amsterdam based company, Executive Performance Training. She formed her coaching practice, Stand & Deliver, in 2005. As a result, executives from companies including Starbucks * Bell * Microsoft * Luvo * Lululemon * Stitch Fix * First West Credit Union and Sovereign Insurance have transformed their leadership and communication capabilities.
The foundation of Valerie’s approach is the premise that accessing your power as a leader starts with having access to all your internal resources. Developing leadership presence is less about refining the words you choose and more about being comfortable in your own skin. It is built on finding physical ease and awareness, which results in increased mental, emotional and social awareness. It begins with the choice to be aware of, and allow, your own breath. This simple shift of attention gives access to calm, clear thought, creativity, physical and vocal expressiveness, personal power and authentic connection.
Valerie is a practitioner and partner in Breathexperience Canada and a certified teacher of The Light Work, a meditation practice uniting mindfulness, psychological awareness and personal responsibility. She taught this practice for 15 years in Vancouver, Toronto and Seattle, Washington.
She attended the Mannes College of Music in New York City and has performed with such companies as the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Shaw Festival and Canadian Stage.
Mr. Bhardwaj began his career as a corporate lawyer at Meighen, Demers, Barristers & Solicitors, now part of Norton Rose Fulbright and subsequently served as a Vice- President for Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid and President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation. He currently serves as a Director of Metrolinx, Rideau Hall Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada (Past Chair).
He has also previously served as Chair of the 2012 Ontario Games, Co-Chair of TO2015 IGNITE (Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games), a Director of George Brown College (Vice Chair), and Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, among others.
Mr. Bhardwaj holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Toronto, and a law degree from the University of Windsor. He has completed the Ivey Executive Program of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University and the Directors Education Program, jointly developed by the ICD and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.
Dov Baron is an international headline speaker for global conferences on leadership, influence, business and embracing purpose driven authentic leadership. He’s been speaking internationally for over 30 years, he’s the man with a finger on the pulse of the evolving world of Next-Gen leadership. One of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to hire, Dov Baron is a master storyteller! Considered by many as the leading authority on Authentic, Purpose Driven Leadership, and the founder of Full Monty Leadership and The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership. Outside of his speaking and training Dov works with a diverse leaders and executive teams to build the bonds that create organizational cultures that become Fiercely Loyal.
Dov is a bestselling author of several books. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal; How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. (In-Phase Publishing, 2015 ©) He also writes for and has been featured in many industry magazines including being featured on CNN, CBS Small Business Pulse, SHRM, Yahoo Finance, Boston Globe, Business in Vancouver, USA today, CEO, Entrepreneur and many more http://FullMontyLeadership.com Dov's interactive presentation style captivates and energizes audiences with his revolutionary thinking and communication. He has been an independent leadership advisor to the United Nations (UN). Dov Baron and his team work with leading organizations in providing them with SOUL Purpose Driven, Leadership and Cultural Strategies. He is the leading authority on Authentic Leadership, and Leadership Succession or, as he prefers to call it, “Full Monty Leadership and Developing Leadership Archetypes” Dov’s international Leadership & Loyalty Video podcast is globally ranked the number one video podcast for Fortune 500 Executives. Inc.com also names his podcast as: The #1 podcast To Make You a Better Leader, G&A also cited his show in the Top 10 Podcasts For HR Pros and Managers.
Louise helps organizations achieve the future they want by providing hands-on support to create, measure and execute strategy. Louise has led Adura Strategy since 2007 and is Canada’s Official Partner for the PuMP® Performance Measure Blueprint: an engaging 8-step process, that helps diverse organizations overcome their KPI struggles so they can achieve their strategy and prove their impact. Prior to her consulting practice, she was Vice President of Western Canada’s two largest newspapers and worked with 2010 Legacies Now and VANOC during the 2010 Winter Games. She is a graduate of the University of BC, and is the Vancouver Chair of the international Women Presidents’ Organization. When not delivering workshops and facilitating strategic conversations, Louise is most likely hiking in the North Shore Mountains.
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.
Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is the Founder of TIGER 21. He also is Chairman ofCarmanah Technologies Corp., a public Canadian company that designs, manufactures and distributes solar powered products and systems for industrial pplications globally. Mr. Sonnenfeldt is experienced in development management having founded and led Emmes & Company from 1991 to 1998; a real estate investment boutique that was a major buyer of distressed portfolios in the early 1990's and grew to over a billion dollars in assets by the time he sold his interest in 1998.
Mr. Sonnenfeldt received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Sonnenfeldt has been actively involved over the last twenty-five years at senior levels in numerous nonprofit organizations focused on the environment, national security, Middle East peace, international peacekeeping, the US/UN relationship, the removal of land mines and communal development.
For over 30 years Jim Clemmer’s practical leadership approaches have been inspiring action and achieving results. His keynote presentations and workshops/retreats, seven best-selling books, blog, columns, and newsletters have helped hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
The first of Jim’s books was The VIP Strategy. His second book, Firing on All Cylinders, is one of Canada’s all time bestselling management books. He followed that with Pathways to Performance. His next book, Growing the Distance, focused on personal leadership principles. His latest book is Growing @ the Speed of Change. Jim was co-founder of The Achieve Group (which became Canada’s largest leadership training firm).
Jim lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, Heather. When they aren’t working together in The CLEMMER Group or travelling they are spending time with friends and family. Their three adult children, Christopher, Jennifer, and Vanessa, have taught them all about “boomerang kids” by moving back home after university to launch their careers!
Rick will tell you that while he has been enthusiastically engaged in the corporate world for 35 years, he has only truly worked for the Tiedemann Corporation. The partnering with various organizations was, and is vital, as it is through these partnerships that the Tiedemann Corporation and its shareholders (Rick, his wife and their 3 kids) are able to thrive in a manner that they enjoy.
Rick spent over 30 yrs working in the multi-national pharmaceutical industry as a senior leader and executive within a wide variety of therapeutic areas. These therapeutic areas included, infectious disease, orthopedics, women’s health, diabetes, neurosciences (which included mental health, epilepsy and multiplesclerocis), dermatology and allergy and immunology. His leadership responsibilities included partnering with colleagues to develop high performing business development teams, government relations and market access, compensation, personality profiling education and corporate strategy.
His professional passions have always included a combination of health and business interests. In 2012 he chose to pursue a new career path and left the pharmaceutical industry to open a new Copeman Healthcare center in Edmonton. In addition to his Executive Director role, he is also the Senior Director of Business Development and is a member of the national Medisys Health Group Executive team. His 35 years in the corporate marinade have helped to fuel his current passion which is to create a new narrative around Leadership Wellbeing and to get leaders to think about Leadership Health as a vital risk mitigation strategy vs a perk.
His personal passions include waterskiing, making log beds and antler chandeliers, aquatic ecosystem stewardship, building homes and spending as much time as possible at the lake with friends and family.
Robin Chakrabarti is one of the founding Partners of Empresario Capital Partners Limited.
Empresario was formed to acquire and/or invest in mid-market businesses which are successful in their own right but can benefit from capital infusion together with a systematic approach to growth and profitability. Targeted companies align to the expertise of the Partners. Empresario has or has had investment holdings and operational involvement in the food service, green energy, healthcare, construction and retail automotive maintenance industry
Robin has extensive senior executive experience in branding, operations and corporate finance in diversified industries including consumer packaged goods, food service, financial services and logistics both in North America and Europe.
Having bought, sold, financed and operated mid-sized companies, Robin is uniquely positioned to understand and relate to the opportunities and challenges of Empresario's target market. His track record of developing and leading strategies in organizations that have undergone transformational change and rapid growth is an important asset for the Empresario investee companies.
Robin currently sits on the board of RAMMP Hospitality Brands Inc., Valley Lube Holdings Inc, and Coast Capital Savings Credit Union one of Canada's largest credit unions. Robin is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Society of Children's Centres, one of Canada's largest childcare providers, a past Director on the board of Translink the organization responsible for the regional transportation network of the GVRD and past Director of We Care, a leading home healthcare provider in Canada.
Alan Weiss is one of those rare people who can say he is a consultant, speaker, and author and mean it. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients such as Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, Mercedes-Benz, State Street Corporation, Times Mirror Group, The Federal Reserve, The New York Times Corporation, Toyota, and over 500 other leading organizations. He has served on the boards of directors of the Trinity Repertory Company, a Tony-Award-winning New England regional theater, Festival Ballet, and chaired the Newport International Film Festival.
He is an inductee into the Professional Speaking Hall of Fame® and the concurrent recipient of the National Speakers Association Council of Peers Award of Excellence, representing the top 1% of professional speakers in the world. He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, one of only two people in history holding both those designations. He has written more books on consulting than anyone else.
His prolific publishing includes over 500 articles and 60 books, including his best-seller, Million Dollar Consulting (from McGraw-Hill). His newest is Million Maverick (Bibliomotion) and Lifestorming (with Marshall Goldsmith, Wiley). His books have been on the curricula at Villanova, Temple University, and the Wharton School of Business, and have been translated into 12 languages. His newest book, co-written with Marshall Goldsmith, is Lifestreaming, to be released by Wiley next year.
He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Press Institute, the first-ever for a non-journalist, and one of only seven awarded in the 65-year history of the association. He holds an annual Thought Leadership Conference which draws world famous experts as speakers. In 2017 it will be Dan Gilbert of Havard who has 15 million TED views on the subject of happiness..
Alan is married to the lovely Maria for 48 years, and they have two children and twin granddaughters. They reside in East Greenwich, RI with their dogs, Coco and Bentley, a white German Shepherd.
Chantel Broten is the president of Jan Kelley Marketing - an award winning performance digital and experience innovation agency. Established in 1913, Jan Kelley has participated in many transformational changes in marketing but perhaps none more significant than the one we are undergoing today.
Chantel brings years of experience in developing integrated, multi-channel communication programs that drive results. She is a gifted brand strategist and facilitator who knows how to find the key insight that will transform organizations and drive the delivery of a powerful brand experience.
She has spearheaded the development of campaigns for clients such as GO Transit, Sobeys, Petro-Canada and EDC (Export Development Canada) - to name a few.
Chantel has an MBA in Marketing and Innovation from McMaster University, a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph. She lectures regularly at college and University and is a judge for Canada's Next Top Ad Exec.
Casey A. Miller, President of 6 ½ Consulting has 15+ years of business experience including roles of CEO, VP Business Development, and VP Strategy. And he is on a mission: to create thriving workplaces, relationships, and communities where people value one another. In his business life, this means helping organizations create teams that thrive on healthy conflict, emotionally intelligent leadership, and shared purpose.
An expert in strategy and leadership development, Casey is charismatic and energetic, lending his clients perspectives on execution, team building, and ultimately, how to create workplaces where employees are intrinsically motivated to come to work. Hoping to help others lead more purposeful lives, Casey is also the author of Six and a Half: a story about roads, rashes, and redemption, a book written about his experiences on a bike, alone, riding across the United States.
Casey holds a Master’s degree in Administration and another in Theological Studies from Harvard University.