Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! In this episode, we talk with John Beauvais, President of Flight Centre Canada and MacKay CEO Forums Innovator Parnter.
John Beauvais started with Flight Centre Limited in Los Angeles in 2004 as Vice President of supplier relations and was also a member of the management team who assumed control of LibGo Travel post acquisition in 2008 and lead the completion of the acquisition of Boston based Garber Travel in 2010. In March 2010, he oversaw all aspects, from operations to sales and marketing of the five corporate travel brands of FC USA, which include FCm Travel Solutions, Corporate Traveler, ciEvents, Stage and Screen Travel Services, Travel Associates and the FCm Travel Solutions’ partner network of companies in 14 countries across Latin America, including Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. As President of the Flight Centre Travel Group in Canada, John Beauvais is responsible for a team of 1,650 with a focus on corporate, leisure and specialty travel and brings with him three decades of travel sales, marketing and executive leadership positions.
Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! In this episode, we talk with Don Bialik, Executive Chairman & CEO of Long View Systems, MacKay CEO Forums member and Innovator Partner.
Don was the original founder of Long View in 1998. As Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Don’s current role involves providing strategic direction, and leadership to the executive teams with an eye towards ensuring sustainability and continued growth.
Interestingly enough, Long View is Don’s second success story in the entrepreneurship world. His first venture was an IT company called SysGold and under his leadership took only six short years to become the largest privately owned information technology solutions provider in Calgary. He sold SysGold, and shortly thereafter went on to found Long View. Prior to his IT leadership days, Don held management roles in a variety of sectors including, construction, government, and mining. Don has a degree in engineering as well as an MBA from the University of Calgary.
When he’s not busy at Long View, you can find Don practicing his three-pointer, biking, and spending time with his two daughters, and two granddaughters.
Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! In this episode, we talk with Laurie Schultz, President & CEO of ACL and MacKay CEO Forums member.
Laurie Schultz is responsible for leading the transformation of ACL’s global business by mobilizing talent toward category disruption and double digit growth.
With over 25 years of experience in software and technology sectors, Laurie has led 12 multi-million dollar software P&Ls spanning the personal finance, small business accounting, SaaS, ERP, Business Intelligence and GRC categories. Holding prior leadership positions with Sage, Intuit, KPMG and Telus, Laurie has both DOUBLED revenues and DOUBLED profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the “right critical few.”
Since being appointed CEO of ACL in 2011, Laurie has successfully pivoted the company from hard sales of software to a software-as-a-service model with over 250 employees and to accolades as one of Canada’s Top Employers.
Laurie is a strong advocate for technology and serves on the Board of the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) where she chairs the BCTIA Software C-Council—a CEO group committed to growing the footprint of software in British Columbia. Her voice is an important contributor to the Canadian technology landscape and she is a preeminent thought leader published in media outlets such as the Huffington Post and the Globe and Mail.
She has received multiple leadership awards, including being named to the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2016 Canada’s Most Powerful Women list, the 2015 Gold Stevie® Award for Female Executive of the Year, the YWCA’s 2015 “Women of Distinction” award, Business in Vancouver’s 2014 “Women of Influence” award, and the Minerva Foundation’s 2013 “Excellence in Leadership” award. Laurie has also been featured as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in the IT Channel (2011) and in the Top 100 Women in the North American Channel (2012).
Laurie holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Alberta. She serves as Director at Large for Dress For Success Vancouver, a not-for-profit organization that helps 2,000 people/year with low or no income to get a job.
Laurie proudly makes her home in Vancouver with her husband, two children and their dog, Stripe.
Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast. In this episode we talk with Marty Parker, CEO of Waterstone Human Capital, MacKay CEO Forums alliance partner.
Marty, a leading executive human capital and executive search professional, conducts senior level searches across a variety of industries around the globe. Working with a diverse group of global organizations and leaders, he supports many entrepreneurial leaders in an advisory capacity on a variety of human capital issues where the power of culture can align human capital and human capital systems to drive performance. Marty is Canada's leading expert on issues surrounding corporate culture, leadership and executive search. He has provided expert commentary for CNBC, the National Post, Canadian Business and Profit, and has appeared on Canada AM, BNN and CP24.
Marty is the author of Culture Connection: How Developing a Winning Culture Will Give Your Organization a Competitive Advantage, published in 2011 by McGraw-Hill Ryerson. Culture Connection highlights how a selection of global organizations utilize their culture to drive exceptional business performance and sustain a competitive advantage. He also writes a monthly digital newsletter, Culture Connection, which draws the link between how to use culture as competitive advantage to drive performance.
Marty founded Waterstone Human Capital in 2003. Waterstone’s purpose is to build great organizations by aligning human capital and organizational culture to drive higher performance. Under Marty’s leadership, Waterstone has become one of the most progressive cultural talent management firms that identifies, articulates and measures corporate culture, recruits for fit and aligns corporate culture to drive higher levels of performance through its consulting and advisory services. In 2015, Waterstone launched the Waterstone Culture Dashboard, a ten minute team member survey that both defines and articulates corporate culture and benchmarks it against best in class organizations. Marty is also the founder of The Canadian Corporate Culture Study and the Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures program. Founded in 2004, the program annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having a culture that has helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.
Formerly, Marty was managing director and partner with The Caldwell Partners International, and was executive vice-president of The CCL Group, a leading marketing communications group of companies. His earlier career was with Johnson & Johnson and Labatt Breweries, where he held progressively senior sales and marketing positions.
Marty is a very active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), having memberships in both the Maple Leaf and Great Lakes Ontario chapters. He is the current education chair and the former Chapter Chair for YPO Great Lakes Ontario. He also sits
on the Canadian Advisory Board for CLG, a global leader of behaviour-based strategy execution and performance improvement consulting.
Marty and his wife Tanya live in Mississauga, Ontario with their five children. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, with Honours as well as a Master of Science degree from the University of Guelph. Marty loves all sports, coaching, fitness, reading and personal and professional development.
Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! in this episode we interview Jonathan Mara, a MacKay CEO Forums Chair and President of Guardian Angel Consulting Limited.
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.
Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! In this episode we interview Peter Brown and learn about what it takes to become a Best Managed Company.
Peter E. Brown is a Partner in Deloitte Canada. Peter has 30 years’ experience in public accounting, serving clients in both the public and private sectors. He has gained significant international experience in assurance and advisory services and has extensive experience with business advisory services. Peter served as Managing Partner for Deloitte’s Atlantic Practice until 2008 when Peter relocated to Toronto to assume the role of Managing Partner and National Leader for Private Company Services. In 2011, Peter’s responsibilities were expanded to include the entire middle market for Deloitte Canada. In 2013 Peter relinquished these responsibilities and was appointed to Deloitte Canada’s Client Cabinet which is comprised of senior leaders with firm wide market responsibilities. Peter is currently the national co-leader for Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program. Peter has also served on the Board of Directors for Deloitte Canada.
Peter is the co-author of The Power of The Best, published in September 2012. Peter is a frequent speaker on topics of entrepreneurship and what makes Best Managed companies unique. Peter has been widely quoted in the print media across Canada and is passionate about passing on the lessons learned from Best Managed companies to help make all Canadian businesses better.
Over its 24 year history, the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program has fostered and celebrated business excellence among privately held Canadian companies. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for the designation in a comprehensive application process focused on four key evaluative pillars: strategy, capability, commitment and financial performance. The all-encompassing approach means winners are selected and recognized for the efforts of the entire organization. Best Managed companies are invited to celebrate their success at an annual symposium and gala in Toronto. Following its success in Canada, the Best Managed program has been adopted by Mexico, Ireland and the Netherlands and soon to be additional countries, building an international network of industry leaders.