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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Oct 19, 2017

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.

Oct 12, 2017

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.

Karen MacNeill

Sep 27, 2017

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.

Salim Ismail

Sep 13, 2017

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.


Sep 1, 2017

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.

Jul 27, 2017

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.

Stand & Deliver

Jul 27, 2017

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.

Institute of Corporate Directors

Jul 27, 2017

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 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. 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.

Full Monty Leadership

Jul 27, 2017

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.

Adura Strategy Incorporated


Jul 27, 2017

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.

2WA Consulting

Jul 27, 2017

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.


Jul 27, 2017

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!

The Clemmer Group

Jul 27, 2017

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.

Copeman Healthcare

Jul 19, 2017

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.

Empresario Capital Partners Limited

Jul 5, 2017

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. 

Life Storming

Jun 21, 2017

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.

Jan Kelley Marketing

Jun 21, 2017

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.


Jun 14, 2017

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.

Jonathan Mara

May 31, 2017

Welcome to the CEO EDGE podcast! In this episode we talk with Conrad Sauvé.  

Conrad Sauvé has been the President and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross since 2008. Under his leadership, the Canadian Red Cross has strengthened its capacity in emergency management and health programming and made significant contributions in the wake of multiple large-scale domestic and international emergencies. Mr. Sauvé has a proven track record of bringing together diverse partners in support of complex humanitarian challenges. He led the successful negotiation of a strategic partnership with the Government of Canada, and fostered innovative partnerships with health organizations, universities and other humanitarian actors.

The emergency management capacity of the Red Cross was recently showcased during the Canadian Red Cross’ largest domestic response in history – the Alberta fires. Through the power of technology and innovative digital platforms, the Red Cross was not only able to register evacuees online but made the largest and fastest cash transfer in the organization’s history. In addition to this response, Mr. Sauvé has overseen a strengthened Memorandum of Understanding with Public Safety Canada to ensure the Red Cross and all levels of government are prepared for future emergencies.

In partnership with the Government of Canada, Mr. Sauvé oversaw the development and launch of the only Red Cross field hospital in North America. Over the past six years, the field hospital has been deployed to Ecuador, the Philippines, Haiti, Nepal and parts of Africa in the wake of various emergencies and disasters. In addition, through a first of its kind Memoriam of Understanding with the British Columbia government, the hospital has the capacity to respond to a catastrophic event along the West Coast.

Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Mr. Sauvé built partnerships with Canadian health experts from St. Justine Hospital to work alongside the Red Cross and the local community in rebuilding a hospital in Jacmel, Haiti. These efforts are part of a $35 million health program that is improving access to quality health services as well as building stronger communities through community-based health and first aid.

For the past twenty years, Mr. Sauvé has been involved in several health and social service committees, associations and executive boards. He holds a BSc from the Université du Québec à Montreal and is a graduate of McGill University’s International Masters in Health Leadership.

Canadian Red Cross

May 24, 2017

Welcome to the CEO Edge Podcast! In this episode we talk with Lori Joyce.

Lori Joyce is an innovative marketer and has over twenty years experience creating, managing and growing brands. Prior to establishing the Cupcakes brand, Lori Joyce completed a BSc Animal Biology Degree from UBC while working in retail sales and management. During the years of gathering work experience in various industries, it was obvious to Lori that she had the entrepreneurial instinct, and the passion for branding and customer engagement. In 2002, Lori co-founded Cupcakes with her best friend Heather White. Lori was responsible for developing the Cupcakes Franchise and growing it into a national 10-location chain. In 2010, Lori also became the co-executive producer and co-star in the Gemini-award winning reality TV show, The Cupcake Girls. The television show aired for three seasons and was broadcast in 95 countries.

Today, Lori Joyce is focused on building the Betterwith brand. The vision for Betterwith is to be the modern day standard for the transparent, honest, better food product brand. No compromise and all purpose, Betterwith will diversify beyond ice cream into a variety of food product categories where there is opportunity to do better.

For Lori, it really comes down to enjoying Betterwith Ice Cream with her 2 young boys, Maxi (6) and Lex (5). And it’s more than dessert for Lori. It’s about sitting around a table and listening and sharing and appreciating. As Lori always simply says  ‘It all comes down to this.’

May 16, 2017

Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! In this episode, Linda Oglov interviews Nancy MacKay about the exponential change journey of MacKay CEO Forums.

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 – 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.

May 8, 2017

Welcome the CEO EDGE podcast. In this episode, we talk with Brady Wilson, Co-Founder of Juice Inc, Thought Leader & Author.

Brady Wilson is, undisputedly, the embodiment of focused energy. As co-founder of Juice Inc., Brady’s vision is to create a world where businesses pulsate with creative energy.

For 20 years, he has inspired countless companies including American Express, BMO, BMO Harris, Loblaw, PHH, The Co-operators, Yum! Brands Canada and some of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies, to find the courage to: consider the possibilities beyond traditional human resources strategies; unlock the latent physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy within their organizations; and harness employees’ potential to get them to the point of “A.B.C.D.” (going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty).

Brady is the author of  four books dedicated to improving employee performance and business results: Juice: The Power of Conversation, Love at Work, Finding the Sticking Point and his most recent book Beyond Engagement.
An animated and intensely pragmatic keynote speaker, Brady shares practical tools and the know-how to help business leaders step into life’s grittiest tensions: creating an audience experience that moves concepts from theory to application.
Brady’s passion for energy compels keynote audiences to not only get involved in the presentation, but carry their excitement away with them, inspired to create a sustained approach to positive change—and better business results.


May 4, 2017

Welcome to the CEO EDGE podcast! In this episode we talk with Dalton McGuinty, former Ontario Premier and MacKay CEO Forums member.

Dalton McGuinty, a lawyer, served as Premier of Ontario, Canada from 2003 to 2013. During that time, he led the Ontario Liberal Party to three successive election victories. Mr. McGuinty's government established education, health care, the environment and the economy as its priorities achieving real gains in each area. 

Student test scores rose by 17%. Health care wait times went from Canada's longest to the shortest. Ontario closed its coal plants in the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America. And, to make Ontario more competitive, the McGuinty government cut the marginal effective tax rate on new business investment in half and adopted a value-added tax.

Since leaving politics, Mr. McGuinty has actively pursued the study and teaching of leadership and is a champion of the strong foundational principles that today's leaders need to anchor them in the face of relentless change. Mr. McGuinty served as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and he is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance. He is on the Board of Directors of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc., Pomerleau Inc., and Electrovaya Inc. He serves as Special Advisor to the CEO of D2L Corporation and also sits on the Board of Directors of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Dalton McGuinty: Making a Difference

Apr 26, 2017

Welcome the CEO  EDGE Podcast! In this episode we talk with Norm Bacal, author of Breakdown: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie.

Norm Bacal joined Smart & Biggar’s Toronto office in October 2016 as Co-chair, IP Strategy.  Previously, Norm was national co-managing partner of Heenan Blaikie until the end of 2012, where his role was to build the firm from a series of regional offices to one of Canada’s best known law firms.

Norm is considered a leading expert in tax issues relating to the entertainment industry. Formerly, his clients included film studios and broadcasters, as well as a number of emerging technology companies. Norm was a member of the Board of Directors of Lions Gate Entertainment for almost ten years. Fluent in both English and in French, he is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Barreau du Québec. He is actively involved in community activities, is a member of the Canadian Board of Governors for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal, and has been honored by the Shaare Zedek Hospital and the Reena Foundation.

Apr 18, 2017

Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! In this episode we talk with Robert Pratt, President of One Hospitality and long time MacKay CEO Forums member.

Robert Pratt has been a hotel industry leader for more than 30 years.  He joined ONE Lodging Management in 2015 as President, assuming responsibility for the day-to-day operations of all hotel properties in the ONE family, including the 80 properties currently owned by American Hotel Income Properties (AHIP), for which ONE is the exclusive hotel manager.

Before joining ONE, Robert served as President of Coast Hotels Ltd, a collection of over 40 hotels throughout Canada and the U.S.

After graduating from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration with a Bachelor of Science, Robert spent 17 years with Westin Hotels and Resorts holding progressively senior roles in sales, marketing and hotel operations eventually serving as General Manager of Westin Hotels properties in Ottawa and Edmonton.  He then joined SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts (formerly CHIP Hospitality) as the Regional Vice President of the Pacific Northwest region.  He subsequently held positions as Senior Vice President of Operations and Executive Vice President at SilverBirch where he was responsible for operations of 40 hotels coast-to-coast operating under 12 franchised brands employing 4,000 staff before being appointed President and COO of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts in 2007. From there he joined Westmont Hospitality Group in Toronto as Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw operations of 160 hotels across Canada operating under 10 franchised brands employing 10,000 people.

As a dedicated contributor to the community, Robert has held senior volunteer positions with the United Way of Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton and is active in his local church.  He is a current Board member of the Hotel Association of Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada and is chair of the HR committee at Destination British Columbia.  He sits on the advisory committee of the University of Guelph and is an admissions field interviewer for the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Robert was also a founding member of the Board of Directors of American Hotel Income Properties.

One Lodging Management

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