President & CEO,Community Credit Union of Cumberland Colchester Ltd.
“It is imperative that organizations exist to create better communities”
Rolling up Sleeves Kuhn’s five-year plan is every bit as ambitious as the man, himself. He intends to grow the size of credit-union membership by 50 per cent; grow revenues by 50 per cent; and to create new products and services to support these and other competitive, innovative approaches to community banking, lending and investment.
Grassroots Innovation Works For Kuhn, innovation must play an integral role in daily community operations. From the creation of a wealth-management purchase strategy to establishing a “Women in Excellence” entrepreneurial sponsorship fund, this dedicated local banker is all about building economic capacity in the neighbourhoods and backyards of his business.
President and CEO, WeUsThem Inc.
“It is the tenacious few that should explore entrepreneurship”
The Career Explorer Kutty says that he has been an “explorer in his career”. The unknown has fascinated him. He notes his firm is recognized around the world for its products: “What more could you ask for than to have work you have done for your clients be exposed to 138 countries?” What more, indeed? He adds: “We have done so in Atlantic Canada with talent and expertise that proudly lives and works here.”
Growth is Inevitable For Kutty, the future is about business expansion. As he says, “We need to continue growing though we need to do so at a pace that keeps up with the needs being identified by our clients.” In the next five years, he says, WeUsThem should be “at three times our talent strength and our annual revenues should be in high eight figures.”
Dr. Ramona Lumpkin
President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University
“Without passion for mission, work is empty and meaningless”
Innovation is Urgent Lumpkin does not buy the perception that universities change at a glacial pace; in fact, she thinks the reverse is true. The Mount was, for example, the first university in Atlantic Canada to offer televised courses, which gave way in time to online delivery.
Purposeful and Engaged Lumpkin defines her leadership style simply. She works to set a clear direction for her organization. “I’ve learned that a leader can’t do much alone,” she says. “Not only must she be engaged but she must extend that practice of purposeful engagement throughout the organization.”
President, Marco Group of Companies
“Leadership cannot be taught; it can be learned through coaching and mentoring”
The Creative Constructor MacIntosh insists that his industry must apply innovative solutions to problems, if only because no single project is the same as any other. In this regard, he says, “Marco is at the forefront of these sweeping changes and is certainly leading the charge in Atlantic Canada.” Indeed, MacIntosh sees a direct correlation between the rate of adoption of new technology (and) “our competitiveness as a corporation.”
Bold and Respected MacIntosh is confident that over the next five years, the firm will become the biggest construction and development company in Atlantic Canada. “We are well on our way to that now,” he says. “We are changing the way construction companies do business and defining a new level of customer service in this industry.”
Founder & CEO, Kinduct Technologies
“I encourage people, then I get out of their way; it’s OK to make mistakes”
Fit for Business McDonough’s approach immerses itself in “innovative thought”. This has involved “creating a new market and mindset”. He adds: “Having the ability to accurately identify who is at risk of a given injury or disease can allow for an informed intervention to take place.” Part of this innovative work is correlating data across human health and performance results to help them be, in effect, the best and healthiest they can be.
Man in Motion Though only three years old, McDonough’s company has already secured license agreements with many of the world’s largest health, fitness, military and professional sporting organizations. And as one of only 10 participants in a recent LA Dodgers Accelerator Program (resulting in a pending investment partnership with a global technology giant), it looks like he is just getting started.