Business and Innovation Coach
Two decades of versatile project management and innovation, technology research and dynamic manufacturing technology strategy.
Business strategy, risk analysis and planning; Business Model and Strategy Canvas’;
Lead group innovation and design thinking workshops: Concept Mapping, Affinity Diagrams, Story Boarding;
Financial management, planning, analysis and budgeting; Strategy Maps, Balanced Score Card and Activity Based Costing;
Develop project scopes, plans, objectives, and KPI's; Track milestones and deliverables using MS Project.
An analytical thinker who is able to identify business risks and efficiencies;
Strong stakeholder presenter and PowerPoint builder, cross-functional team leader, collaborator and negotiator.
Identify and analyze key industry trends and write research reports; Blue Ocean Strategy & Market Validation Canvas.
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 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 – Business Analyst, 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.
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.
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).
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).