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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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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.’

betterwith.com

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 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.

mackayceoforums.com

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.
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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.
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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.

Juice

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.

smart-biggar.ca

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

Apr 12, 2017

Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! In this episode we talk with long time MacKay CEO Forums member, Gary Zlotnik, Chairman & CEO of ZLC Financial.

After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Garry Zlotnik began his career as a Chartered Accountant at a national accounting firm. In 1981 Garry left the firm and joined forces with his father, Harold Zlotnik, at Zlotnik, Lamb and Company, later renamed ZLC Financial.

Today Garry serves as the Chairman & CEO of ZLC and is recognized as a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Life Underwriter, Certified Financial Planner, a life and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, and a 21 year member of Top of the Table, an organization that recognizes the top 2% of individuals in the industry.

In 2010, Garry was recognized for his community service and was awarded a Community Service Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Garry was also recognized by the accounting community for his exemplary service to the profession and was given an FCA designation.

Garry participates actively in the financial industry by regularly conducting seminars with major accounting and legal firms and speaking at events such as the annual Top of the Table annual meeting.

Garry also offers additional wealth management services as an Exempt Market Dealing Representative through our affiliate ZLC Wealth.

Garry has earned the following designations, and is, or has been a member of the following organizations:

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
  • Chartered Financial Planner (CH.F.C.)
  • Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC, admitted 1980
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (F.C.A.) 2010
  • CEO, ZLC Wealth
  • President, Barrington Wealth Partners Inc.
  • Past Chair of the Board of Directors, Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU)
  • Member, Life Underwriters Association of Vancouver
  • Member, National Structured Settlement Trade Association
  • Past President/Chair, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver June 2007- June 2009
  • Past Co-Chair, Vancouver JCC Maccabi Games 2006
  • Past Chair, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver 2002-2005
  • Past President, Richmond Country Club 1990-1992

ZLC Financial

Apr 5, 2017

Jim is the world’s leading global futurist, trends and innovation expert, with a massive global blue chip client list. Over the last 20 years, more than 2 million people have shared his insight with his events on stage.

His global client list gives him a front row seat to the high velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization. With that insight, and the customized research that he undertakes for every engagement, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes!

jimcarroll.com

Mar 20, 2017

Welcome to the EDGE Podcast! In this episode we talk with Neil Crawford.

Neil is a partner of Aon Hewitt, leads the Canadian Talent Practice, and is a member of the Aon Hewitt Canadian Executive Committee. He is the leader of the annual Best Employers in Canada study, conducted by Aon Hewitt and published nationally in Maclean’s Magazine. He has over 30 years of experience as an HR consultant. Neil is a member of Aon Hewitt’s Global Engagement Council which oversees the company’s global engagement business.

Neil has worked extensively with many national and international organizations to define business-aligned people and rewards strategies, measure and improve employee engagement, track cultural change and improve the effectiveness of their HR functions.

Neil is a frequent speaker on employee engagement, leadership, aligning people and reward strategies with business strategy and creating great workplaces.

Neil is a mathematics graduate of the University of Waterloo and is a qualified actuary. He is a member of BC HRMA and has earned the CHRP designation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Excellence Canada.

aon.com/canada

Mar 15, 2017

Welcome to the EDGE Podcast. In this episode we talk with Terry Stuart, Deloitte Canada’s Chief Innovation Officer, a core member of the firm’s Global Innovation Network and a Partner with the Canadian Financial services consulting practice. Terry applies his passion for innovation and the experience gained from more than 25 years in consulting to help clients solve business problems and create new offerings at Deloitte.

deloitte.ca

Feb 28, 2017

Welcome to the EDGE podcast! In this episode, we talk with Launi Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union and MacKay CEO Forums member.

Launi is CEO of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s leading credit unions with more than $10 billion in assets under administration, 240,000 members and 1,700 employees. Launi leads visioning and strategic direction for First West. She ensures its locally-led brand network, comprised of Envision Financial, Valley First, Enderby & District Financial and Island Savings, is able to make a real difference in the financial lives of its members. A leader known for inspiring change and achieving results, Launi is regarded as a champion for credit union renewal and innovation.

Raised in Summerland, B.C., Launi brings more than 20 years of business-building experience in both the U.S. and Canada as a result of her time at Starbucks U.S. As president of Starbucks, Launi oversaw 7,000 company owned stores and 3,400 licensed stores, and managed an extensive management team with operational responsibility for 130,000 employees.

Launi has been recognized for her leadership and business acumen including being named one of “Four Women to Watch” in Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women feature. Awarded an honorary doctorate in 2014 by the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Launi has also been named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women four times and was appointed to the Hall of Fame by the Woman’s Executive Network. Additionally, she received the 2011 Stevie Award for Best Canadian Executive and was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Most Influential Women in Business for 2012.

Launi is currently a board member for Qtrade Financial Group, Rocky Mountaineer and Science World. 

In the community she serves as a community leader for the Minerva Foundation for BC Women as well as past event chair for the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

firstwestcu.ca

Feb 28, 2017

Welcome to the EDGE podcast! In this episode we talk with Bart Egnal, President & CEO of The Humphrey Group and MacKay CEO Forums member.

The Humphrey Group teaches communication skills exclusively through the lens of leadership. They are solely focused on helping their clients lead every time they communicate.

Based in Toronto, Bart heads up the company and leads the management team. Passionate about working with clients, he has forged strong partnerships with leading global companies such as RBC, Bell, Goldcorp, Enbridge, TAQA, and Cenovus to create programs that transform how their managers and executives communicate. An executive coach and communications instructor, Bart's focus is on showing the firm's clients how to inspire action every time they speak. After joining The Humphrey Group in 2001, he assumed progressively more senior roles. Most recently, as Partner and Senior Vice-President he broadened the firm's global reach, setting up offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Mexico City. Bart graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto, earning his Honours B.A. in History. 

humphreygroup.com

Feb 9, 2017

Welcome to the CEO EDGE Podcast! In this episode we talk with Kathy Kinloch, President of BCIT, long time MacKay CEO Forums member and National Partner.

Kathy Kinloch is President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) — Canada's premier polytechnic institution — a position she has held since January 2014.

Kathy is recognized for leading organizational renewal in complex environments. Through a number of senior leadership and executive roles, she has spearheaded change initiatives in the post-secondary as well as government and health care sectors.

At BCIT, she is focusing on efforts to broaden and deepen BCIT's partnerships with business, industry and community, and on taking BCIT globally.

In 2016, Kathy was named a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA Metro Vancouver. She was also recognized in 2015 by BC Business as one of the 50 most influential women in British Columbia; by Vancouver Magazine on the top 50 Power list; and by WXN as one of Canada’s most powerful women: top 100 in the category of Public Sector Leaders.

bcit.ca

Jan 24, 2017

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.

flightcentre.ca

Jan 24, 2017

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.

longviewsystems.com

Jan 24, 2017

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.

Laurie has been featured in: The Globe and Mail | The Huffington Post Canada | Business in Vancouver – Economy | The New York Times | Techvibes | Business in Vancouver – Technology

Jan 19, 2017

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.

waterstonehc.com

Jan 9, 2017

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.

Jonathan Mara

Jan 9, 2017

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. 

Canada's Best Managed Companies

Dec 15, 2016

Welcome to the CEO EDGE podcast! In this episode, we interview Tom Shepansky, Managing Partner at Rethink, MacKay CEO Forums members and Innovator Partner.

Tom grew up in Edmonton and studied marketing at NAIT and the University of Alberta. After gaining experience at two Edmonton agencies, Tom moved to Vancouver to work at Palmer Jarvis, where he advanced to the role of director of client services. In 1999, Tom founded Rethink with his two creative partners— Chris and Ian.

At Rethink, Tom helps drive the strategic process in both Vancouver and Toronto. With his help, clients get the right strategy that ultimately leads to the best creative idea. Tom also manages the business side of the business—  negotiating contracts and ensuring the agency delivers on those contracts. On top of that, he plays a leadership role within the account service, production, administration and accounting groups, and also provides direction on IT and finance. In his spare time, he loves to play with his kids, Nolan and Julia, and travel with his wife, Roxanne. He also enjoys cycling, fly-fishing, golfing, cooking, and relaxing on Salt Spring Island.

rethinkcanada.com

Nov 29, 2016

Welcome to the CEO Edge podcast! In this episode, we interview Sue Matheson, a MacKay CEO Forums Chair leading 6 Forum groups in Vancouver.

Sue is an accomplished coach, strategic advisor and forum chair who has been working with CEOs and Executives for over 20 years. Known for her ability to create edgy conversations that help transform leaders and businesses, Sue has an uncanny ability to interpret body language, which she uses to maximize group engagement. She is highly valued for her insight, intelligence and above all else, her ability to integrate ideas, thoughts and strategy.

Sue’s passion lies in creating alignment between strategy, culture and leadership, which she believes is essential to high performance. She is the principle consultant and founder of Solus Consulting, which supports organizations in the areas of strategic planning, culture evolution, team and leadership development and change implementation. Create the vision and plan – identify the culture needed to support execution – and develop and hold leaders accountable for implementation of both. That’s where the magic lies for Sue.

Consulting for 9 years, Sue previously worked as a senior Human Resources leader for a large Vancouver based organization. The youngest senior leader in the organization, Sue received two awards for her leadership during her tenure in that role. She left the company to pursue her own business and over the past decade has worked with some of the top leaders in Canada. Invited to work with John Furlong and his Executive Team in 2005, Sue played a critical role in developing the Strategic Plan for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She then continued to support the organization over the five-year lead up to the Olympics, working closely with the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams in the areas of culture, leadership and team development.

An avid learner, Sue received her BBA, with a focus on organizational development and an additional major in psychology, from Simon Fraser University in 1989. She is a Certified Co-Active Coach through the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, California and is also accredited in the Insights Discovery System, Change Implementation Methodology and an Emotional Intelligence tool.

Born and raised in North Vancouver, Sue still resides there with her husband (high school sweetheart) and their two boys and two cats. She is very committed to her community and spends much of her free time volunteering with community non-profit organizations.

Sue Matheson

Nov 29, 2016

Welcome to the CEO Edge podcast!  In this episode, we interview Mike Cordoba. Mike is a MacKay CEO Forums member and a MacKay CEO Forums Innovator Partner

Mike Cordoba is a highly active and driven entrepreneur and a founding partner of Empresario Capital Partners. His experience includes managing a portfolio of public and private companies in excess of $1billion in total revenue in various industries including restaurants, retail, manufacturing and processing, and real estate. In his executive capacity, he has built companies from the ground up to become industry leaders in their segments. Mr. Cordoba currently sits on various company boards and is Chair of the Board for Mr. Lube. He is an enthusiastic supporter of many community groups with a personal passion for organizations focused on children’s health and well-being.

Mike is the father of two and is an avid golfer who believes in golf technology hence he has one the largest collections of golf drivers and putters in Western Canada. Mike is a passionate boater and collector of both classic cars and Chicago Bears memorabilia.

www.empresariocapital.com

Nov 29, 2016

Welcome to the CEO Edge Podcast! In this Episode we interview Teryluz Andreu, US Engagement Leader for Aon Hewitt. MacKay CEO Forums is proud to be associated with the AON Best Employers program.

Teryluz is a Partner in Aon Hewitt’s Talent, Rewards & Performance practice based in Chicago and currently leads the Engagement service line for the United States. She has more than 15 years of consulting experience in the areas of engagement, change management, talent management, leadership development, and organizational communication. She specializes in complex, multi-country projects for large companies undergoing major business transformation and HR strategy and program implementation. 

Prior to her current role, Teryluz led Aon Hewitt’s Change Management consulting services for the United States and was the Talent, Rewards & Performance Practice Leader for Aon Hewitt in Latin America. She also led the Latin America Regional Engagement Team for more than six years and was an active member of Aon Hewitt’s Global Engagement Council.

Some of her recent clients include ExxonMobil, Memorial Hermann, Microsoft, Moody’s, Mylan, and RGA. She has also consulted with some of the world’s largest companies in the retail and pharmaceutical industries.

Teryluz is a frequent speaker at professional and industry conferences both domestically and internationally, and has published more than 30 articles and white papers on the topics of engagement, HR strategy, talent management, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. 

Teryluz holds a master’s degree in communication and human resources from Cornell University. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and is certified in change management by Prosci and on several leadership and organizational assessment tools, including Barrett Cultural Values Assessment, Hogan Personality Assessment, and Facet5 Leadership Assessments.

www.aon.com

Nov 24, 2016

Bill Tucker is Chief Executive Officer of Omicron Canada Inc. He is MacKay CEO Forums member and Innovator Partner. 

Omicron is a 150 person integrated development, design and construction firm with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Victoria. As one of Western Canada’s largest fully integrated firms, Omicron provides turnkey solutions to clients in the Retail, Institutional, Commercial, Industrial, Residential, and Mixed-Use sectors. Bill is responsible for heading the business through strategic acquisitions, organic expansion, business development and client partnering. Omicron is a platinum Best Managed Company.

Bill has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from UBC and an MBA from Queen’s University.  He is also a registered professional engineer in BC. In 2000, Bill joined Omicron as a Principal of the firm and became Managing Principal in 2004 and CEO in 2010.

In addition to his day-to-day business activities, Bill is committed to giving back to the industry and community. He has held numerous non-profit board positions and is a frequent presenter and moderator of panel discussions.  Bill was Chair of the annual Building for Kids Golf Tournament for 10 years where he raised over $1.5 million for BC Children’s Hospital.

www.omicronaec.com

Nov 24, 2016

Welcome to the CEO Edge podcast!  In this episode, we interview Kevin Brady, the CEO & Founder of Advica Health. Kevin is a MacKay CEO Forums member and MacKay CEO Forums Innovator Partner.

Kevin is an enviable leader in the health and benefits field.  His vast experience includes holding a senior management position within one of Canada’s largest insurance companies as well as starting his own employee benefits company. In addition, he saw a need to help Companies and Employees with health solutions and therefore founded Advica Health.  This organization assists companies and individuals by improving their health and providing health and wellness solutions.

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 in the Health and Wellness field 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.

He has been recognized as Citizen of the Year in 2007 and Philanthropist of the Year in 2010 for his philanthropic work in his City. 

www.advicahealth.com

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