JEFF KENT

Business & Innovation Coach

SUMMARY

Two decades of versatile innovation project management, technology research and dynamic manufacturing technology strategy.

SKILLS/STRENGTHS

  • Business strategy, risk analysis and planning; Business Model Canvas and Strategy Canvas.
  • Lead group innovation and design thinking workshops: Concept Mapping, Affinity Diagrams, Story Boards.
  • Financial management, planning, analysis and project budgeting; Strategy Mapping, Balanced Score Card, Activity Based Costing, and MS Excel.
  • Develop project scopes, plans, objectives, and KPI's; Track milestones and deliverables; MS Project.
  • Waterfall and Agile methodologies; An analytical thinker, able to identify business risk and efficiencies.
  • Strong stakeholder / client presenter, cross-functional team leader, collaborator and negotiator; MS PowerPoints.
  • Identify and analyze key industry trends and write assessment reports; Blue Ocean Strategy & Market Validation Canvas.

EXPERIENCE

My Startup Coach Inc. – Business & Innovation Coach; Founder, Toronto, Ontario (2018 - Present);

  • Company website address is http://www.mystartupcoach.ca
  • Business and innovation process coaching services for new and established companies;
  • Business investment programs include: Identifying Market Strategies (IMS); Business Model Strategies (BMS); Business Plan Excellence (BPE); Perfecting Presentation / Pitch Skills (PPS) and Innovation Process Execution (IPE).

RAMP Group Inc. – Project Manager, Waterloo, Ontario (2017);

  • Determined resources for completing large innovation projects on time and within budget using MS Project.
  • Managed complex production innovation projects for multi-national manufacturing clients.
  • Managed client relationships through email, team WebEx meetings, phone and onsite meetings; PPT's.
  • Managed budget forecasts and wrote client status reports using MS Excel; Wrote change order requests.

TD Bank Enterprise & Innovation Lab – Innovation Program Analyst, Communitech Technology Incubator, Kitchener, (2016);

  • Researched innovation articles and methodologies to help assess and evaluate TD's partner innovation projects. Interviewed senior managers, wrote analysis reports and made presentations to unit manager.
  • Using Agile methods, developed several digital TD template tools, from data analysis, for improved partner transparency. 

Eleven-x (start-up) – Business Analyst, The Accelerator Centre, Waterloo, Ontario (2015-16); 
Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) LoRa network system builders and innovative microprocessor engineers.

  • Researched, interviewed and analyzed wireless semiconductor companies to gain strategic industry information.
  • Compiled a strategic database of potential partners and clients and wrote industry analysis reports.

JDK Project Consulting –  Project Manager/Consultant, Toronto, Ontario (2010-15);

  • Global technology research; Production technology consulting, reports and client presentations.
  • Efficiency and innovation project management and strategy development – Short-term contracts.

Stackpole International – Automation Project Manager, Mississauga, Ontario, (2000-09);
Multi-national award-winning designer and manufacturer of precision engineered powertrain components and oil pump systems.

  • Working with Waterfall methodologies, implemented in-process data analytics with innovative programming techniques on several projects. Scrap rate was reduced by 18%.
  • Using the Agile process approach, increased operations throughput with innovative automation programming. Revenues were increased by 150% over a 7-year period.
  • Strategized with management on operations improvements. Using Agile processes, analyzed in-process programs then led re-programming initiative for improved efficiency. Cycle times were reduced by 33%.
  • Monitored project milestones and deliverables against schedules, budgets and KPI's.
  • Prioritized advanced technology solutions with Sr. management. Managed numerous automation projects, defining scopes, objectives and plans. Output quadrupled in 8 years, reducing costs up to 50%.
  • Monitored and analyzed project supplier procurements and developed new vendor partner specifications for components and systems. Attained project discount agreements of 14% to 20%.
  • Wrote technical reference manuals and trained personnel on updated automation equipment.

Exco Technologies, Engineering Div. – Automation Specialist, Newmarket, Ontario, (1996-2000);
A global leader in engineering and building large high pressure die cast tooling for industry. Interchangeable Slide concept pioneers and multi NADCA & OEM award winners.

  • Team-up with ME & EE engineers on special R&D prototype programs and testing. 
  • Collaborate on equipment CapEx budgets and procurement for new R&D test centre.
  • Consult and provide innovative programmable PLC and automation control solutions.
  • Travel with executive managers to learn customer NPI operations specifications.
  • Specify, negotiate, and procure various automation equipment and control systems. 

NON-PROFIT WORK

KMRA Non-Profit Association – Founder and President; Mississauga/Haliburton, Ontario (1999-2011); 
A members’ association to fund, build, and maintain a 1.8 km private cottage road.

  • Collaborated with 3 levels of government and consulted project stakeholders on an effective road design. Analyzed scenarios and made several presentations. Project received approval within 6 months.
  • Developed project scope, objectives, plans and capitalization budget. Deliverables completed on budget and schedule within very tight permit deadlines. Developed group association policies with members.

EDUCATION

Masters – Business. Entrepreneurship. Technology, School of Entrepreneurship & Business, University of Waterloo, (2015-16);

  • (MBET) An innovative accelerated business degree specializing in entrepreneurship and technology.
    • Norman Esch Scholarship Award for thorough research and complete business plan.

Honours Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com), York University, Toronto (2011-15);

  • Key Electives: Project Management, Technology Mgmt., Business Strategy, Managing Teams, Digital Marketing, Qualitative Research, Management Information Systems, Management Policy, Finance, Organizational Theory & Design.
    • On the Dean's List.

Diploma – Industrial Control Systems, Automation, Humber College, Toronto (1994-1996).

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES

  • Fundamentals of Management Consulting (CMC), University of Waterloo, (2016);
  • Technical Sales (TSC), University of Waterloo, (2016);
  • Project Management (PMBOK), York University, (2014);
  • Canadian Securities Course (CSC); Personal Financial Planning (PFP); Conduct & Practices Handbook (CPH), 
    – Canadian Securities Institute, Toronto, (2009-11).