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TEC Canada – A year in review

As we settle into a new year, I wish to first off say that 2011 was truly a magnificent time for TEC Canada. I cannot express the pride I feel to serve such a vibrant community of members, chairs and staff.

In continuing our work to create a unique community of business leaders, I also wish to celebrate the accomplishments, activities, awards, and the continued perseverance of the individuals and groups that make up our organization. In doing so, please join me in highlighting…

The Best of TEC 2011…

TEC Chairs

  • New Chairs
    This year, we welcomed nine new chairs to the TEC community, joining from regions across the country, from Victoria to Halifax. Extremely knowledgeable and highly specialized in a wide range of fields, our newest chairs are first-class business leaders; additions that will thoroughly enrich the value of our organization. Please join me in welcoming Peter Andrews, Lynn Bishop, Pierre Bourbonnais, Joe Gillivan, Darrell Goertzen, Peter Holt, Todd Millar, David Rubin and Ken Sontag. To view chair bios, click here
  • Chair Retreat
    At the TEC Chair Retreat at the beginning of last October in Kananaskis, AB, the Chairs, TEC staff and I, explored, among many, two key concepts central to our vision and identity – building community and applied thought leadership. These are two of the four pillars of our unique learning model which will be our strength and our competitive advantage as we move forward. It was a joy to work with the TEC chairs over this special weekend and since then, the time has flown by and yet our time in Kananaskis stays with me.

    TEC Canada Chairs at the Chair Retreat - Kananaskis, AB, October 2011

  • Chair Awards
    Also during the Chair Retreat, a number of chairs were recognized for their quality contributions to TEC, their member CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners, and to the development and growth of Canadian executives and their businesses across the country. Congratulations to Calgary Chair, Liam Christie, who was recognized with the Robert Nourse Award. Named after the founder of TEC/Vistage, this award honours chair excellence and outstanding contributions to current chairs, the growth of TEC and the support of new chairs.

TEC Chair Liam Christie (centre) accepts the Robert Nourse Award from TEC Chairman and CEO Dr. Lynn Tanner (left), and TEC President Catherine Osler (right)


Congratulations to all our chairs who were recognized for their hard work throughout 2011. Please click here to view the recipients of The Rookie of the Year Award, Chair Excellence Awards, The Master Chair, and our inaugural Red Shoes Award.

 TEC Member Highlights

In my many conversations with members over the past two decades I have been with TEC, I never cease to be amazed by our members’ passion for life, drive to build ethically sustainable enterprises, and the many commitments to family, friends and community.

Some of the member highlights from 2011 include:

  • Member Awards
    TEC members from across the country were recognized in 2011 for a multitude of business awards, despite less-than-optimal economic conditions. Their successes are reflected on our awards page – click here to view the awards
  • Healthy Lifestyles
    At TEC, we’re committed to healthy living. In the past year, many members shared inspirational stories of wellbeing and determination in pushing their own mental and physical potentials to the limit. In doing so, these members came face to face with challenges, adversities, and triumph, motivating us all to focus more on our own health as paramount to success!


  • Nordion members participate in Ride the Rideau (September 2011)

    Tamra Benjamin, Andrew Foti and Steve West (Nordion) sport their TEC Canada jerseys for Ride the Rideau, a 100KM road bike tour supporting cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital.

  • GranFondo (September 2011) – About a dozen of our members cycled the GranFondo, a 122km grind through the Coast Mountain Range from Vancouver to Whistler
  • The first official TEC & KPMG Enterprise Hockey Game (December 2011)  

    This friendly rivalry raised money for the Yonge Street Mission in Toronto this past December


    TEC Staff and Offices

    This past October, TEC Canada headquarters made some exciting changes, relocating to a new office space at the west end of Calgary’s downtown core. We implemented some internal restructuring to address membership service requirements, which resulted in tighter integration between our various business units. 

    As well, in complimenting our current team of employees, we created new roles for thought leadership content, logistical coordination, and business expansion and development.

    We invite you to visit us at the TEC Canada office in Calgary and meet the staff who play a critical role in our programming (give us a call at 1-800-661-9209).

    The Year Ahead

    As we look into 2012…

    I would like to congratulate our members for their excellence in leadership and their perseverance to build enterprises, even during the most challenging conditions. They continue to raise the prosperity of their employees, the communities where we work and live – and ultimately all of Canadian society. In the months ahead, I look forward to working with our community, refining and adjusting our course in response to member feedback as we strive to achieve our mission and vision, leading to your success.


Catherine Osler
TEC Canada

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