CEO, ProVantage Automation Corp
Chair of the National Board of Directors, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
About ProVantage Automation
An engineering firm that designs and builds automation control systems to improve manufacturing
We don’t make the widgets. We create the machinery that makes the widgets.
The concept was formulated over pizza and beer
19 months old
About Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Association, resource and advocate for manufactures and exporters
The first chairman was John A McDonald (first Prime Minister of Canada)
The role as Chair is a volunteer position
Passions of Rob Hattin
Super Tuscans (fine wine)
On Canada and Canadians
No one goes destitute in Canada by failing in business.
It’s hard to fail in Canada.
Canadians need to participate more in global markets
There is a skills shortage in Canada
A concern is about Canada’s place in the industrial global market
Three parts to innovation
Three keys to success
We made a plan. It turned out to be crap but it gave us the discipline to find other opportunities
Other insights from Rob Hattin
A CEO has a 10 year effective life
The Brand means a lot but it’s the people that really make the difference
We need more women in manufacturing especially in leadership roles
Innovation is meaningful change and Canadians need to get off their butts to innovate
The world is your oyster and the world is going to chew you up
You have one chance at ethics – don’t screw that up
Entrepreneurs, you need to nurture your health and relationships. Remember that while working those late nights.
You need to become number one at what you do
It has to be fun
More information about this guest
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Interview with Steve Petrovic, Country Manager (Croatia) Pedersen & Partners Executive Search.
Steve Petrovic is an inspiring man in career motion. He graduated with a degree in science and became a government commercial specialist working on security and import/export issues. He went back to school to earn his MBA specializing in IT. That led to a few years in IT consulting.
A frank discussion with his dad and uncle encouraged him to start and run his own business in metal fabricating.
Later an interest in exploring opportunities in his family’s homeland of Croatia led him to accept the role as country manager for an international executive recuiting firm. That led to an opportunity to join a modernized 100 year-old steal mill.
Steve Petrovic’s story is inspiring and full of important insights.
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Interview with Walter Booth, Chairman of The Timberland Group
Walter Booth started at Timberland as a young Project Engineer more than 40 years ago. He rose to the rank of President, bought the company, sold the company and is now Chairman. He is an engineering graduate of McMaster University. He has donated at least $3 Million to the Faculty of Engineering.
The Timberland Group grew signifcantly during those years. Originally a company that manufactured winches for the logging industry, they now provide special winches and hoists for mining, power distribution, underwater exploration and off-shore oil.
Insights from this 30-minute interview with Walter Booth:
“The business still excites me after 40 years.”
“They hired me because I had experience in the ski lift business.”
“Buying the company – we worked on that deal for at least a year. You want it to move faster but it just took longer.”
“My boss encouraged me to join the Young Presidents Organization. I got to hang around successful business owners.”
“As chairman my chief role is mentoring and developing the new owners.”
“You have to bend the rules if you want success.”
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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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