Roundtable: “Inside the Entrepreneurial Mind” with Don Simmonds

Roundtable: “Inside the Entrepreneurial Mind” with Don Simmonds

November 27, 2018 from 12h00 to 13h30

A serial entrepreneur shares what makes him tick, and then opens up for an honest Q and A with those in the room. What drives the desire to create new business? How does government inspire or discourage? What about the growing income inequality? Can the “1%” problem be solved? What is the impact of the changing view of leadership? Any other question you might have?

Roundtable for Parliamentarians: “Reflections on a Trade Challenged World” with Rob Wildeboer

Roundtable for Parliamentarians: “Reflections on a Trade Challenged World” with Rob Wildeboer

October 31, 2018 from 12h00 to 13h30

Martinrea is a global automotive parts supplier based in Canada, with $4 billion in revenues and 15,000 employees worldwide, operating 44 plants in eight countries on four continents. The current international trade environment, as well as the challenges of one of the most innovative and technologically advanced industries in the world, provide a suitable background to discuss issues of politics, culture and adaptability in a changing world. Martinrea has been heavily involved in international trade and policy discussions involving the automotive sector. Join Rob Wildeboer, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Martinrea, and fellow colleagues for a roundtable discussion on how to persevere and succeed in this challenging environment.

Roundtable for Ambassadors: “Reflections on a Trade Challenged World” with Rob Wildeboer

Roundtable for Ambassadors: “Reflections on a Trade Challenged World” with Rob Wildeboer

October 31, 2018 from 9h30 to 11h00

Martinrea is a global automotive parts supplier based in Canada, with $4 billion in revenues and 15,000 employees worldwide, operating 44 plants in eight countries on four continents. The current international trade environment, as well as the challenges of one of the most innovative and technologically advanced industries in the world, provide a suitable background to discuss issues of politics, culture and adaptability in a changing world. Martinrea has been heavily involved in international trade and policy discussions involving the automotive sector. Join Rob Wildeboer, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Martinrea, and fellow colleagues for a roundtable discussion on how to persevere and succeed in this challenging environment.

Parliamentary Perspectives Roundtable for New Ambassadors to Canada

Parliamentary Perspectives Roundtable for New Ambassadors to Canada

September 27, 2018 from 12h00 to 13h30

Are you an Ambassador to Canada who has arrived in the last 12 months? Come gain valuable parliamentary perspective from two experienced members of Parliament and Shadow Ministers: Mr. Dean Allison, Shadow Minister for International Trade; and The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development. They will give you insights into the priorities of their portfolios, as well as giving a brief overview of topics, including:

– Functioning of the Canadian Parliament
– Overview of typical MP schedule
– Effective communication with parliamentarians
– Their motivation to engage in federal politics

“Leading Change” with Don Van Meer

“Leading Change” with Don Van Meer

February 28, 2018

Change is inevitable. In fact, what we have in common is that we are all grappling with change in our lives. Change is the one constant. It’s the one reality.

Jack Welch says, “Anytime there is change, there is an opportunity. So it is paramount that an organization get energized rather than paralyzed.”

According to Don Van Meer, the greatest single point of failure in driving through change is when leadership doesn’t capture the hearts and minds of the entire organization. In other words, change is just not about leaders taking people through something. Change is about engaging people in the process of change. Having them be part of the decision making. Having them understand where you are going as an organization. Having them buy into the process, even when they don’t understand all of it.

When people are engaged, people “Get it, feel it, and want it.” 

How does a leader keep a team engaged in the face of major changes? What equipped Don to lead change?