President & CEO
Brian is a corporate director with extensive international business experience in corporate finance and investment banking, management consulting and general management in Europe, North America and the Far East. His clients have included startup ventures to Fortune 500 companies and international development institutions.
He has held several senior corporate Board of Director positions including as a Member of the Board and Corporate Finance Director of a London UK-based consortium investment bank, and Member of the Board and President of a Boston-based strategic consulting firm in a collaboration with the bank and a senior faculty member of Harvard Business School.
Additionally, during this period, Brian was an international bank delegate at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. and the developer and co-chair of the inaugural Global Agribusiness Session at the World Economic Forum Annual Summit in Davos, Switzerland. He has also served a management secondment to the Korea Development Bank in Seoul, South Korea.
His general management and consulting experience includes startup angel financing & venture capital funding of innovative concept-to-launch products, distressed company restructuring and “turn-rounds”, ownership transitions and managed liquidations. Industry sectors include, among others, green technology & power systems, airport security systems, biotechnology, agribusiness and specialized food processing.
An alumni of Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto and the Cornell School of Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y., Brian has a strong grasp of business fundamentals and has increasingly specialized in Enterprise Risk Management & Business Performance and New Product System Design & Project Leadership, with an emphasis on lean and agile startup innovation and new product development in a variety of sectors, including emerging enterprise technologies.
Brian is a passionate community volunteer who has served as a member of the Council and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ralph Connor Memorial United Church and as the Founding Chair of the Board and President of the recently established regional Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce, leading the initiative to set up Innovate Canmore. He is currently a member of the Council of the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership, the Town of Canmore “Creative Canmore” Master Plan Advisory Group and a member of the Board of Directors of Rundle Mountain Cycling Club. He was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Excellence.
Brian is a resident of Canmore with an avid interest in outdoor recreation, particularly cycling, and cooking and the culinary arts.