Radio interview with Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of the Co-Operators Group.
Kathy Bardswick has been with the Co-Operators for 32 years. She worked her way through various roles with the company. A working mom with four children she was inspired by her own mother (with six children) who encouraged her to pursue her dreams. Kathy earned her MBA at McMaster University.
Inisghts from this interview with Kathy Bardswick
Each owner owns an equal share. The share value does not change which means that the company does not focus on driving share value.
They are in the business of offering financial security for Canadians along with peace of mind for the ups and downs of life.
Co-operators was formed to meet unmet needs in 1945 by Saskachewan farmers who were unable to buy insurance from the traditional insurers.
It is run democratically in that everyone has a voice – yet people are held accountable.
A big concern and worry is the sustainability of our world environment and the quality of life. The increasing gap between rich and poor does not bode well.
Youth Sustainability Conference – an opportunity for students to leverage their passion for sustainability.
We have reduced our internal footprint by 22%. The next goal is 50% and the step after that is to be carbon neutral.
entrepreneur to separate the two.
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The Oakes Group provides career advice to executives and professionals. Beth Oakes has worked most if not all her career in the business of human resources and human capital. She previously held the positions of Managing Partner at Millar Dallas – an outplacement firm and Executive Vice President at DHR – an executive search firm.
Insights from this interview with Beth Oakes
In spite of her corporate experience, Beth has always seen herself as an entreprenuer.
Entrepreneurs can make their own decisions and they can fall by them.
This industry of coaching executives and managers is new within the last 5 to to 10 years and it is growing. Corporate executives and managers have much less time to mentor and guide their staff.
Coaching can be like being a parent…
As an entrepreneur you worry about the cash flow and you can be lonely.
Advice to an entrepreneur: Write a good business plan and create an advisory board.
Steel on the outside – cotton on the inside.
Buiiding a good network is much more than making friends.
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Interview with Mike Pley, COO of COM DEV International.
Space – the final frontier!
COM DEV produces electronics for satellites. A Canadian company and world leader in satellite technology, based in Cambridge, Ontario and employing over 1,000 people.
Mike Pley is an Engineering graduate of McMaster University.
Insights & excerpts from this interview with Mike Pley.
We have to build something that will be super dependable for 15 years.
You can’t make repair calls in space.
Our equipment is on 80% of the over 650 satellites up there.
We don’t go after the low cost world where price is king.
We want to encourage the next generation to become astronauts and engineers.
The next big project we are working on is the James Webb Telescope which is scheduled to launch in 2014. It will see far more than the Hubble. The James Webb Telescope is seeking to see first light – the beginning of galaxies.
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Interview with Howard Shearer, President and CEO of Hitachi Canada. He is the first non-Japanese to be president of the company. He seems to thrive on cultural diversity. He is orginally from Jamaica. He is also a people person. The two characteristics probably go hand-in-hand.
Howard has worked at Hitachi for over 25 years.
Hitachi globally employs over 300,000 people.
Hitachi is a strong technology company that operates in several markets including: consumer electronics, automotive electronics, computer storage, energy, medical, biotechnology, and high speed trains.
Insights from this interview with Howard Schearer:
“We’re in the business of serving customers.”
“There is no Hitachi car, but we are a major component in cars.”
“Business in all about relatioinships and that’s not done with products.”
“I don’t screen my calls. If it’s good news I want to hear it. If it’s bad news I want to hear it first.”
“I’m happy when it’s Monday.”
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