President & CEO,Community Credit Union of Cumberland Colchester Ltd.
“The pursuit of constant learning and personal development are the keys to success as a leader.”
Tough but fair A multiple award winner, Kuhn is proud of his role as a devoted husband and father and as a principled individual who considers integrity, honesty and compassion to be critically important attributes. But, as leader, he must sometimes make tough or unpopular decisions. That ability, according to Kuhn, is a “significant” leadership quality. “My team knows I’m capable of this, especially when we’re facing a crisis,” he says. “I pull people together, develop a response and expect appropriate follow-through.”
Beam me up With 31 per cent revenue growth in three years, Kuhn actively works to raise the Credit Union system to an unprecedented level of service. Innovations include an Atlantic-region-wide efficiency concept and the creation of virtual branches, financial services cafés, and mobile 24/7 banking. “This is the financial services industry of the future,” says Kuhn. He and his team plan to be there.
President, MARCO – Builders of Atlantic Canada
“Leadership isn’t getting smart people to work hard. It’s positively engaging people to work together toward the leader’s vision.”
Feet on the ground “We’ve developed the Marco Group into a strong brand with the aim of becoming the construction partner of choice for Atlantic Canadian developers and business owners,” MacIntosh says. “We have tremendous talent within our team and all of it is home grown.”
We have ignition The construction industry today is so much more than the bricks and mortar business it once was. Being competitive means constantly investigating and incorporating new materials, construction methods, energy sources, design approaches and even digital technologies. Marco, says MacIntosh, is at the “forefront of these sweeping changes”. It’s all part of his master plan: to have Marco recognized as a national firm.
CEO & Founder, Kinduct
“If you emanate a ‘no fear attitude’ you pass that philosophy on to your people through osmosis.”
“Good leaders should not only think about what the community and their industry need now, but what they’ll need in the future,” says McDonough. That can be risky but, “a good leader should have a willingness to accept calculated risks.”
Change public policy Given the opportunity, McDonough would overhaul how technology innovation is handled within the public healthcare system. “It’s an absolute train wreck now and a massive deterrent, rather than a magnet, for entrepreneurs,” he says. “If we want innovative breakthroughs we need to attract entrepreneurs, not push them away with a hostile environment laden with red tape.”
Weaponized “I have a cocktail of savage Attention Deficit Disorder and Dyslexia. I proudly tell this to anybody who’ll listen, to make sure they realize that if their children suffer from ADD, don’t panic,” says McDonough. He says was the child with the dunce cap in the corner of his classroom. That kind of negative attention can brand and discourage some children without the proper support. “Looking back, I see my ADD as a weapon and one of the most important vehicles to get me to where I am today.”
Founder & CEO, Health Outcomes Worldwide Inc.
(New Waterford, N.S.)
“I am very passionate about maintaining my company’s operations in my home town of New Waterford, Nova Scotia.”
A pound of cure “More people die from chronic wounds than from prostate and ovarian cancer combined,” says McIsaac. A registered nurse and academic, she knows that these preventable wound-related deaths cost the global medical system billions of dollars. “There is a growing international need for effective wound care and post-surgical infection monitoring,” says McIsaac. So she decided to take action.
An ounce of preventionHOW employs a 15-person team to develop and market software tools for point-of-care technology. With this software, medical staff are empowered to provide increasingly effective wound care and monitor post-surgical infection. “Our evidence-based tools not only provide coaching on how to appropriately manage wounds and monitor for infection—leading to faster recovery—they also provide data for better long-term planning, best practice benchmarking and implementation, and cost efficiency,” says McIsaac, all of which she sees as vital to her business success.
President, Western Toyota / Western Mazda / Western Kia / Western Motor Sports
(Corner Brook, N.L.)
“A leader can identify opportunity in the face of challenges.”
Practical partnership “Our partnership with Academy Canada to offer the Autobody technician program at their Corner Brook campus is an innovation designed to help us deal with the severe shortage of new and experienced autobody technicians,” says Melendy. The Academy gets access to autobody equipment and the paint booth for practical experience. Offered for the first time in September 2016, they had 14 students enroll. “One of our autobody technicians is teaching this course,” says Melendy.