What our members say about us...
TEC forces busy business leaders such as myself to take a step back and focus on opportunities and challenges in their organization in a manner we often do not have the time, or take the time, to do.
Andrew Oland - President, Moosehead Breweries Ltd. - TEC 390
There’s something about sitting around with 12 business owners or presidents who’ve known you for some time, and getting their input based on what they’ve seen over the years. That was invaluable to me, getting that feedback.
Malcolm McLaren, Alumni Member
I usually refer to TEC as my "CEO school." I am a huge fan and frequent recruiter when I have the chance!
TEC takes you to a level well beyond any MBA course. It provides continuous learning from the best business experts: your fellow CEOs/TEC colleagues; your TEC Chair; and an outstanding roster of business speakers.
The shared experiences and encouragement from your fellow TEC members provide significant personal support in your sometimes isolated existence as a CEO – as well as giving you the invaluable benefit of the occasional verbal and friendly “slap upside the head” when you really need one!
Fergus W. Gamble - President, Radix Market Research Inc. - TEC 321
The TEC-inspired 'aha' moment for me was when I realized it is up to us as CEOs to stand up, give much more back to the community, enhance the quality of life for employees, and take a leadership role in catalyzing positive action to change our world for the better.
Mike Gerbis - CEO, The Delphi Group - TRT 662
It's interesting to see my members benefit from TEC. Sometimes they have breakthroughs and sometimes they just slowly learn and get better as they listen to how other business leaders do things. I really enjoy observing their personal progress.
Harold Copping - Chair, TEC 235
If anything, TEC is an invaluable insurance policy that can help you through your toughest decisions with the members who have no personal motives or gains other than to support each other for continued success.
Bruce Buchan - CEO, Clean River Recycling Solutions - TEC 329
I contribute a great deal of Chudleigh's success to our membership in TEC. Every month I leave with solid ideas that I can put into action right away.I can't imagine not being a member.
Dean Chudleigh - President, Chudleigh's Ltd. - TEC 320
TEC has shown me how to build an organization, has taught me how to run a business, and has been critical in shaping me as a leader.
Scott Wagner, TEC 216
TEC has been instrumental in our company's development over the last six years.
John Nicola - CEO, Wealth Management - TEC 234
TEC Canada helped me become a better leader of my company and provided me the feedback and balanced views needed to ensure I was in a position to grow and build our company.
Brian Flippance - President, Integrys Limited - TEC 214
Barry Brad - President & CEO, PROJEX Technologies - TEC 304
Since becoming a member in 2007, my business revenues have doubled and we are approaching $10 million in overall sales.
Robert Hatheway - President & CEO, The Hatheway Group - TEC 390
TEC is making me a better CEO one month at a time.
Frédéric Boulanger - President, Macadamian Technologies - TEC 262
My TEC Chair has guided me towards best practices and business decisions which help to increase my leadership as an entrepreneur.
Chantal Arguin - CEO, Groupe Trifide - Alumnus, TEC 285
TEC empowered me to make the transition from small business owner to corporate CEO.
Jim Barkman - President, Eagle West Truck & Crane Inc. - TEC 206
TEC has helped me through some of the growing pains of my business unlike any other person or resource that I have in my life.
Jay Lawrence - President, Infonium Inc. - Alumnus, TRT 662
(My TEC) group has helped me to make educated decisions through thought-provoking discussions so I feel more confident about my leadership role in my firm.
Tracey Conners - President & CEO, CRG Mystery Shopping - TRT 662
TEC has been the most profound business learning experience of my life. I learned to make better decisions that lead to better results and I was able to spend less time running the business and more time looking for future opportunities.
Stuart Watson - TEC Chair - TEC 206, TEC 334 & KEY 537
At the heart of TEC is a network of resources, relationships and people to help me improve my business. Our company has benefited from implementation through many programs that have improved our business: sales management programs, employee coaching programs, salary administration programs, improved hiring successes and strategic planning. And this is evidenced by double-digit growth in our business since I have joined TEC.
Steve Martin - President, Tac Controls & Automation - TEC 355
You know you're always going to run into lots of pitfalls and valleys (on your way) to the peak. At TEC you've got a lot of resources to call upon. That's why TEC is so good.
Bill Hogan - Vice Chairman & Founder, Food Systems Inc. - TEC 304
We've won a lot of awards at Patient News Publishing - one of which is Canada's top 100 employers for the last four years. I think taking bits and pieces from each TEC company and looking at their H.R. policies and the experiences they have with their employees, and adding those to a successful formula, has allowed us to receive that award.
Wayne Lavery - CEO, Patient News Publishing - TEC 329
When I think of TEC, I think of continuous learning. I've got formal education through a good MBA program here in Canada, which has formed a very good base for foundation of knowledge, but it doesn't really train you for the day-to-day skills and experience that you need in order to manage a company and take it to that next level of growth. That's exactly what TEC provides - the continuous learning, as well as accountability to your TEC members who make sure you succeed.
Dave Eason - CEO, Berkely Payment Solutions - TEC 329
TEC has made me better realize my role in the company is to work on the business, more so than in the business. Today I am able to delegate, I'm able to take more time off, I'm able to look at the big picture and move the business in the right direction, rather than always be in the trenches.TEC has helped me mature in a business sense.
Giovanni Marcelli - CEO/Founder, Accubid Systems - TEC 214
TEC epitomizes quality in business; what it means to be successful regardless of the industry, regardless of the size. It really helps. The way I describe it is almost like having a board of directors without having a board of directors. And yet, the members are genuinely interested in what you're doing and how you're doing it. They ask you the tough questions. And the biggest benefit I get is they don't let you off the hook.
Ian Fraser - President, Pharmexx Canada Inc. - TEC 214
TEC epitomizes people who want to grow personally and organizations that want to be world-class, and have a real sense of belonging to a group...that is committed to growing personally and professionally.
Frank Pizzolato - CEO/CFO, Clarity Systems - TEC 328
The thing with TEC is it isn't a business meeting. It is 14 senior professionals who are worried about balance in their life and making a better overall life for themselves, their community, and their companies. You have to have balance in order to have a successful business and person, and that's really what TEC strives to give us. And I certainly receive that from TEC.
When I think of TEC, it is really both a refuge and a place where I can go and be myself with a group of people that I don't have any expectations of. I also see it as a source of amazing support and guidance in the business. I get ideas on how to deal with difficult compensation issues, difficult employment issues, difficult family issues, and difficult health issues - all with a group of 14 very experienced and successful people. Their advice and guidance is a lot more valuable because they've been through it and succeeded as a result of that.
Derek Bildfeld - President, Consumer Contact Limited - TEC 214
TEC provides me with a chance to kind of slow down for a day, once a month and rethink some of my activities, my focus. It gives me a chance to critique my skills and present a list of the areas I'd like to develop. I get expert advice in those areas and tools I can take back to the workplace to refine my implementation strategies and my assessment of various problems I'm dealing with. That's what my company gains.
Dan Washington - Operations Manager, TAC Controls & Automation - KEY 526
TEC is life-changing. To know the other members also have doubts and fears...puts it all into perspective. TEC is like a mini MBA program. And of course, the relationships are there for life.
Brad Dempsey - President, Solutions360 Inc. - TEC 329
I stay in TEC because it is a lifeline to me. It's a lifeline to my personal existence. It's a lifeline to our business. I need to continuously learn and continuously feed myself, and TEC provides that.
Brett Murray - CEO, JEBCO Industries Inc. - TEC 329
TEC Canada is a leading-edge organization and brings leadership and management ideas, and opportunities to a growing business or any business that is trying to survive today.
Stephen Smith - President & CEO - Flint Eurasia Ltd. - TEC 304
Since I joined TEC my business has grown over three-and-a-half times and it's been a phenomenal success largely because some of the input and insights and feedback I could use with the people from TEC. It was really refreshing when I first started to realize there are other people at the top of companies who have the same issues and problems that I was facing. That really gave me the confidence and the courage to move my business forward.
Greg Chudiak - President & CEO, Pandell Technology Corp. - TEC 218
TEC is an opportunity to bring together a group of leaders on a routine basis who are committed to enhancing each other's success and owning that success, sharing that success, and truly working to make you a better person and business leader.
Jim Donihee - TEC Chair - TEC 304