Regional President, RBC, Atlantic Canada
“My goal for the next five years is simple: continue to win”
Innovation is Profitable Technology, Howard notes, is disrupting many businesses and none more than those in the financial services industry. The key to remaining relevant, he says, lies in innovation. As a result, RBC Atlantic has deployed teams dedicated to ensuring that it is at the forefront of payment innovation in the Canadian marketplace and is consistently coming out with new products and services.
Keeping it Honest Howard is categorical about the leadership standards of his craft: “In the banking industry, leaders have access to and a certain level of influence or impact over their clients’ finances. Therefore, conducting yourself ethically, with integrity is paramount. In fact, I believe that the way in which you achieve something is even more important than what you achieve.”
CEO, Vigilant Management
“Focus on helping people become better versions of themselves”
Owner is Owner Hussey explains his business approach simply: “The construction industry has been doing business the same way since its inception. The Vigilant model changes everything by giving the owner direct, independent management, giving them more control over their project, by adding an extra level of expertise.”
Erecting the Foundation The future, for Hussey, has to do with opportunities. Over the next five years, he hopes to grow his company by 20 per cent annually, establish new offices, obtain partnerships with “key client groups” and, generally reinvent the way construction management is conducted in Newfoundland and Labrador. No task is too small, after all, in the construction trade.
CEO, Confederation Centre of the Arts
“Tenacity and patience make a winning combination; nothing is impossible”
Staging Innovation Principles Inman is almost finished overseeing a major renovation of the Centre’s main theatre. In the process, she says, “we found innovative solutions to consolidate funding sources and institute state-of-the-art enhancements. We were successful in securing multi-year funding from federal and provincial governments requiring innovative cooperation on all levels.”
Leading Behind Footlights For Inman, organizational leadership is both inclusive and democratic. It has to be, as she spends much of her time reminding major government funding bodies about the importance of arts and culture to the broader economy and society. “I am very goal oriented,” she says. “In keeping with my leadership style to stay on task, we can claim many solid achievements.”
VP Operations, New Castle Hotels and Resorts
“Loyalty is the one value that has trumped any other throughout my career”
Leader as Concierge Leadership for Kerpel is about daily, weekly, monthly goal setting: “My style is managing outcomes. I give my team rope to work with and give people room to move. We monitor progress on a (regular) basis and provide feedback or adjust the goals, if needed.”
Room for Growth The five-year future for New Castle in this part of the world is all about expansion. The challenge will be to stay creative, especially when addressing emerging hospitality options, such as Air B&B and Expedia.com. Capitalizing on the relationships Kerpel has built with his customers will define the room for corporate growth.
President, Supplement King Canada
“I need my decision makers to embrace the philosophy of thinking into the future”
Training for InnovationKing is now sourcing a Canadian production facility as his main supplier. This will, he says, reduce supply chain risks; decrease the cost of goods sold; ensure new revenue streams from a new distribution business; and strengthen both supplier and franchisee confidence and relations.
Leading from Strength King says “positivity” gets results. His leadership principle is straightforward: “I built this company by believing in my vision, my abilities and by staying positive that success would come. And it did. I surround myself with can-do people who can spot potential and champion its implementation. This shared mindset fosters success and a healthy work environment. Honesty, transparency pays.”