Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - CAREERS -

Most TEC mem­bers com­mit to and re­ceive the ben­e­fit of col­le­gial­ity and sup­port for an av­er­age of five to seven years. At this time, the mem­ber might dis­en­gage due to re­tire­ment or a merger. How­ever, ex­pe­ri­ence demon­strated that once the for­mer mem­ber be­comes in­volved in an­other busi­ness, he/ she quickly re­joins as they value the ben­e­fit of hav­ing a net­work of en­tre­pre­neur­ial ex­per­tise and ac­cess to strong col­le­gial re­la­tion­ships.

The three lo­cal Man­i­toba TEC groups are led by highly ex­pe­ri­enced chair­per­sons. For in­stance, Barry Bern­hard comes from a back­ground of strate­gic busi­ness plan­ning and man­age­ment in gov­ern­ment, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, not-for-prof­its and as­so­ci­a­tions. Lynn Bishop, an ex­pert in air­port and air car­rier man­age­ment, brings ex­ten­sive chair­man­ship and board gov­er­nance ex­per­tise with or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Health Sci­ences Cen­tre Foun­da­tion and the Win­nipeg Blue Bombers. Ken Son­tag is an ex­pe­ri­enced en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sional with ex­per­tise from both the cor­po­rate and small busi­ness en­gi­neer­ing world. Fur­ther­more, Ken was also a TEC mem­ber him­self prior to be­com­ing a chair­per­son and so brings a unique per­spec­tive to the role of chair.

As in­di­cated, life at the top is not only lonely but there are very few peo­ple to whom you can turn. Thank­fully, “ex­per­tise, ex­pe­ri­ence and con­nected think­ing” are three of the sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits that TEC groups across the world pro­vide.

As a con­sul­tant, I know first­hand the value of the TEC group and have been re­fer­ring my clients for many years. So, if your busi­ness is on the cusp of growth or change and you would ben­e­fit from the power and wis­dom of like-minded busi­ness own­ers, then in­ves­ti­gate the TEC group near­est you. Check out the TEC web­site at www.tec-canada. com and con­tact one of the lo­cal Man­i­toba chair­per­sons for a con­sul­ta­tion.

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