Facilitators

Our Chapter Facilitators’ primary purpose is to support members as they do their best thinking, as well as share their experiences and best practices. To do this, our facilitators encourage full participation, promote mutual understanding, cultivate shared responsibility, and encourage diversity and respect.

By supporting everyone to do their best thinking, our facilitators enable Alliance Members to search for innovative inclusive solutions that will help to build great businesses.

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Dr. Doug Beynon

Advanced Chemical Technologies

Dr. Douglas Beynon is a seasoned entrepreneur, executive, advisor, mentor, and investor with over 35 years of senior management experience. He has restructured organizations, managed small to medium enterprises, started private and public companies, advised and mentored corporations, and secured investment funding. Dr. Beynon is experienced in collaborative activities with technology commercialization through strong ties with a post-secondary institution and local businesses.

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Jake McArthur

Cairncrest Leadership Coaching

During his career in business, Jake was president of several retail organizations in Canada, including LensCrafters, Granada TV, and Sketchley Cleaners. For over 20 years, he led the growth of those organizations to dominant market share positions in their respective markets. Earlier he spent time in commercial and merchant banking and gained international experience with the Bata Shoe Organization. Over several years, Jake has facilitated groups of business owners and CEOs in an ‘advisory board’ format, and has done so with Innovators Alliance since 2013.

Since 2000, Jake has developed Cairncrest Leadership Coaching, focused on coaching executives and facilitating leadership development via a program he created, Leadership as a Way of Being. He also supports his clients through training in the areas of delegation, communications, and interpersonal competency.

He has a BA and MBA from the University of Toronto and a Doctor of Ministry from Wisdom University. Additionally, he is a graduate of Coach U where he received his initial coach training.

For many years he has provided bereavement support as a volunteer with Hospice. He is additionally a poet, a playwright, and a wedding and funeral celebrant.

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Kelly McDougald

BDC

Kelly McDougald is an experienced corporate leader and board director. Her cross-function leadership experience includes more than 25 years in senior executive positions in the telecom sector at Nortel Networks and Bell Canada, where she led diverse functional groups including Corporate Strategy, Sales and Marketing, R&D, and Business Development. She also served as the President of a Canadian Nortel subsidiary, TTS Meridian Systems.

Following her career in the telecom sector, Kelly assumed the position of CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). OLG is a $6.5B provincial corporation employing 20,000 people across Ontario. Kelly then moved to lead the national careers practice of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, a Canadian Professional Services organization.

Currently, Kelly acts as an Executive Advisor for BDC leveraging her experience supporting the growth of Canadian companies.

Kelly has served as a Board Director of numerous organizations including Allstate Canada, The Interprovincial Lottery Corporation, Career Star Group, and the Toronto Board of Trade. At present, she is the Board Chair of two not-for-profit organizations, Career Edge and The Clifton Foundation.

Kelly is a graduate of the Director’s Education Program at the University of Toronto (The Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D) and has attended the Stanford University Directors program.

Mark Sklar

Mark Sklar

Mark Sklar & Associates

Mark has worked in leadership roles in small and large companies, in the private and public sector, and for profit and not-for-profit organizations throughout his career. Most recently, he was President and COO of Strathcona Paper, a $75 million company with a unionized labour force of over 150 people. Apart from the daily operations of the company, Mark worked to affect a sale of the company on behalf of its ownership which was successfully completed in August of 2015.

Throughout his career, Mark has created a company culture of innovation ‒ most recently in the paper industry ‒ that is frequently referred to as a “commodity”.  This was reflected in the value that shareholders received upon sale of Strathcona Paper. Mark has also gained considerable experience working with such companies as Unilever, Sprint, and Maple Leaf Foods. He’s also worked with smaller companies such as The Coinamatic Group and The Tandem Group, a sales and marketing consultancy where he facilitated many strategy, marketing, and sales training workshops.

Mark has a B.Comm from University of Toronto and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He serves on the Board of the Toronto Distress Centres and currently works with MAS, a Toronto based not-for-profit consultancy, where he’s responsible for assorted strategy, marketing, and sales projects and facilitation.

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It's been 10 ten years since we joined the Alliance and I have to say, we've grown tremendously since then. The straight up advice and genuine care I've received from my Chapter-mates has been invaluable for our growth path especially now as we grow and expand around the world. I'm looking forward to sharing even more... Read More

Sharron Gilbert – Kitchener Waterloo Chapter Member
Septimatech Group Inc.

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Innovators Alliance has helped me better manage and grow my business because of the environment of trust that is built up within the peer-to-peer meetings. My chapter members are intelligent and always prepared to voice their opinions on subjects that are concerning to me. The advice received is very valuable, but... Read More

Peter Allen – Kitchener Waterloo Chapter Member
Electrical Contracts Limited

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I have learned so many solutions specific to the issue we were experiencing at a particular stage of our growth. The meetings and interactions are just as valuable now as when I joined in 2007. Frankly, no matter what combination of business maturity and revenue growth you've achieved, I can't imagine why you wouldn't... Read More

P.J. Ferguson – Halton Chapter
ABL Employment

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In my industry innovation is what it's ALL about. It doesn't matter if we're coming up with new products, finding ways to make existing products more efficiently or developing new ways to create a better supply chain... it's all innovation. The mentorship provided by my Chapter-mates has been so real and so bang-on... Read More

Bud Morris – Markham Chapter Member
Canada's Best Store Fixtures Inc.

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Innovators Alliance has a unique tool - the "Innovation Journey" - which helps companies craft their Innovation strategy, focus innovation efforts on the areas of greatest return, and keep aligned on this quest for innovation. In our company, the "Innovation Journey" helped us understand which areas of Innovation... Read More

Steve McGowan – Markham Chapter Member
Matias Corporation

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