Board of Advisors
Before setting up the FD Centre in 2001, Colin worked for major organisations like the Mars Group (Global US owned), Benders (UK privately owned FMCG/ paper products group), The Scholes Group plc (now part of Hanson Industries), Clifford Foods plc (now part of Unigate), and The Bradley Group (now part of Aggregate Industries), in both FD and CEO roles. Colin has developed the following FD Centre programmes: Keeping Control in Fast Growth Companies, Survival Solutions for Companies under Pressure, and Managing Business Change “Fast” – a specific FD Centre methodology developed originally.
Ian’s expertise includes sourcing and refinancing of debt, mergers & acquisitions, business turnarounds, restructuring, strategic planning and driving improvements in productivity and profitability. During his career, Ian has focused on ensuring there is organizational & cultural alignment with strategic goals supported by implementation of management information systems to measure performance. Ian has found this process to be the key to profitable growth and success.
Ian is also a Board member on two children’s charity organizations.
He has championed all aspects of Shared Services including Finance/Accounting, Facilities, Business Technology and Human Resources (achieved the Globe and Mail 50 Best Employers award)
Patrick’s international expertise ranges from North America (NYC, Toronto) and two years in the UK where he had oversight for global strategy development (42 countries) and special projects to rationalize global synergies as a result of the economic downturn in 2008.
A graduate from Ryerson University(Business), he earned his CGA designation in 1983.
Patrick lives by the motto, “Measure what you can influence and change what you can measure.”
Derryn has a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the London School of Economics.
Derryn is a private wealth manager who specializes in optimizing businesses and business owners comprehensively looking at tax planning, corporate structure, estate planning, cash management, risk management, asset allocation, and tax efficient charitable giving.
When not serving the needs of his clients, Derryn spends his time writing about financial matters.
Before creating the Sales Enablement Centre in 2012, Todd worked for a mix of public and private organizations like News Corporation, Rolf C. Hagen, Advantex Marketing, Launch Pad Marketing and Dealfind.
Todd’s unique combination of senior sales leadership and owner/operator experience, provides him the ability to effectively advise owners and executive teams with strong conviction as “I have been in your shoes”. Todd is passionate about helping small to mid size entrepreneurial companies grow.
Todd lives in Mississauga with his wife Joanna, daughters Vanessa and Olivia. The Blair’s are avid outdoor enthusiasts who spend their play-time in Grey County skiing, hiking and biking.
Sanjay has worked in the Technology, Software, Hardware, Infrastructure, Transit, Government Procurement, Film, and E-Commerce sectors working with start-ups and large private and public corporations including Constellation Software Inc. and it’s group of companies.
Sanjay brings judgment and a business perspective gained from working within a successful technology company as part of the team that aggressively grew the business, and took it public. With a background in law, Sanjay also brings a dimension to growth planning that encompasses structuring, risk mitigation, and disciplined use of oversight/insight process to amplify activity.
Outside of the Sales Enablement Centre, Sanjay enjoys time with his family, the outdoors, travelling, and reading.
Before joining the Sales Enablement Centre (previously Hummingbird Advisors) in 2011, Ashu worked for a mix of public and private organizations like Bell Canada, Dun and Bradstreet and Dealfind.
Ashu’s unique combination of senior sales leadership and extensive operations background, provide him the ability to connect operational improvements and sales coaching for the frontline into profitable and sustainable revenue growth.
Ashu lives in Oakville with his wife Pamela and their two daughters. The Avasthi’s are avid travellers and enjoy the outdoors.
This includes work with start-ups, mid-size, and multinationals such as Wormald Canada/Tyco International, and Carlson Marketing Group (where he developed business improvement solutions for clients including Telus, Shell, Petro-Canada, and Investors Group).
Vince also developed international business in Africa and Asia and is Past Chairman, International Trade Committee, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and a former Board of Directors, Calgary Economic Development and Trade.
As an advisor, Vince has executed projects helping companies overcome challenges drawing on his skill set in the areas of: sales strategy, sales process and channel management, employee engagement, loyalty marketing, marketing communications and branding, go-to-market, business planning, strategic marketing, online digital marketing.
Originally from England, and after spending time in Western Canada, Vince is currently living in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario and enjoys skiing, golf and travel.
Wayne created the first off-price Menswear department for Winners Canada growing it from 5 to 200 stores and annual revenues of $250M+. Wayne uses his extensive knowledge of retail and brand distribution to help manufacturers and retailers gain market share and drive top line growth through a concentrated effort on strategy, training and development.
Wayne attended the University of Western Ontario where he majored in Political Science. While accepted to both Law school and the MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, after attending both programs and not satisfied with either he found a home in the Philosophy department where he led a class in Logic and graduated with a Master of Arts degree.
Originally from Brooklyn NY, and now a dual citizen, Wayne has been in Toronto most of his life and currently resides in Toronto with his wife and three children.
Paul is a co-founder and Managing Director at Strateva Partners, a mid-market advisory firm helping companies with revenue and profit growth as well as M&A and financial strategy.
Paul is also on a number of boards and acts as an advisor for startups. He has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto and an Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.
Bruce has a proven track record of driving explosive growth in the roles of President, General Manager & Sales Leader for companies like Illinois Tool Works (Fortune 500 company), Shulton, RC Hagen and DCMG.
Prior to joining the Sales Enablement Centre, Bruce has been advising SMBs in the development of annual and long range strategic growth plans, change management, coaching and mentoring and IT Outsourcing services.
Bruce lives by the motto of “if you can’t measure it, don’t do it!”.
Originally from Vancouver, Bruce now lives in Mississauga and enjoys boating on Georgian Bay, golf and adventure travel.
He has an excellent track record of managing, creating and driving revenues and profitability as a Vice President or General Manager for companies such as Pelmorex Media Inc.(The Weather Network), Shaw Tracking(formerly Canadian Satellite Communications Inc.) and fONOROLA.
Bruce has been instrumental in several “positive” turn-around situations and has also spearheaded strategic acquisitions. Earlier is his career, he founded a start up wireless services operation in Canada providing mobile wireless data communications services. He is a very effective mentor and team player and is skilled at enabling sales teams to perform at their highest levels. He has a “role up your sleeves” attitude which always drives positive performance from those he is coaching.
Originally from Ottawa where he obtained his B.Comm at Carleton University, Bruce lives in Toronto and has three children. He is very active with his local community tennis club as its President and is an avid skier and hockey player.