Speakers Bios & Presentation Downloads

We were pleased to include the following speakers as part of our 2015 Executive Symposium:

Joe Mimran, Founder :: Joe Fresh

Joe Mimran is a retail, fashion, and business pioneer who has helped build some of our best-known brands: Joe Fresh, Club Monaco, Alfred Sung, Caban. He’s now a Dragon on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den. In his keynotes, Mimran talks about entrepreneurship, design, art, branding, and what it takes to achieve game-changing success.

“Fashion is a reflection of where society is going, what people are thinking.”—Joe Mimran

As founder and former Creative Director of Joe Fresh, Joe Mimran oversaw the brand’s design and retail concepts, and made it the country’s second largest apparel brand. Mimran conceived the Joe Fresh brand, for Loblaw Companies, with a vision of well-designed, well-priced clothes for a broad audience. It was launched in 2006, in 40 supermarket locations. Today, Joe Fresh is sold in 350 Loblaw stores in Canada; 20 stand-alone stores in Canada and the U.S., and 200 J.C. Penney stores. Overseas, it has  stores in South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt with local partners.

In 2001, Mimran founded Joseph Mimran & Associates, a consulting firm that worked with global retailers, such as Woolworths in South Africa, Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States, and Coles in Australia. In 2003, Loblaw tapped Mirman to design home products for President’s Choice, followed by all general merchandise categories by 2009.

During his time as Chairman of the Fashion Design Council of Canada, Mimran helped grow Toronto Fashion Week into a global platform. Mimran was the honorary Chairman of the inaugural Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, and the recipient of the Canadian Style Award. He has also been recognized with The Design Exchange award along with his wife, Kimberley Newport-Mimran, the co-founder of Pink Tartan. He’s been featured in publications including The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and The Globe and Mail. A patron of the arts, Mimran’s philanthropic activities include support of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards and Nuit Blanche. He is also a private investor in Canada-based businesses, ranging from steel to pharmaceuticals.

Alexander Pollich, President & CEO :: Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd.

Alexander Pollich, President & CEO of Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., has over 20 years of automotive experience. Mr. Pollich began his career in the Internal Auditing Department at Mercedes-Benz AG in Stuttgart, Germany and, later, at The Boston Consulting Group in the same location. There, he worked as a Project Leader in Strategy and Management Consulting, including an 18-month-long assignment at BCG’s office in Melbourne, Australia. After a 5-year career with BCG, he moved to Porsche AG as Head of Strategy Projects Department effective June 2001. In July 2007, he became Vice President Network Development in the Sales and Marketing area of Porsche AG, holding responsibility for the worldwide Porsche dealer network. In September 2013, he stepped into his current role leading Porsche’s wholly owned Canadian subsidiary. Under his leadership, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. passed the 4,000-unit sales threshold for the first time in its history, reaching a total of 4,933 new vehicles in 2014. With a 34% increase over 2013, Porsche became Canada’s fastest growing automotive brand in 2014 according to Desrosiers Automotive Consultants.

Mr. Pollich holds a BA in Business Administration from the Berufsakademie Stuttgart and an MBA in Business Science from the University of Hohenheim. M. Pollich enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience, and has spoken at numerous university events in recent years, including at the Automotive Business School of Canada.

Eric Murray, President & CEO :: Temporal Power Ltd.

Eric brings 25 years experience in positions responsible for international business, global sales & marketing and start-up success. Eric has worked with a number of Canadian Cleantech successes including Temporal Power, Pulse Energy, and Tantalus Systems, and is a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Cleantech advisory board.  Prior to pursuing his passion in Canadian Cleantech, Eric held senior executive positions with ABB and GE where he developed strategic initiatives in industry segments including utilities, primary manufacturing, and communications.

Eric is a professional engineer and holds a B-Eng from the Royal Military College and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

EDA CON::NECT Event Series - 2015 Executive Symposium Eric Murray presentation

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Greg Lyle, Founder & Managing Director :: Innovative Research Group Inc.

Greg Lyle is the founder and managing director of Innovative Research Group Inc. (INNOVATIVE), a national public opinion research and strategy firm with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. INNOVATIVE provides critical information needed to assess and overcome public affairs and corporate communications challenges, identify and evaluate potential solutions, and monitor success.

As a former principal secretary to Manitoba premier Gary Filmon, Lyle has built a career at the intersection of public opinion, communications and public policy. With over 20 years of communications and opinion research experience, Lyle uses a full range of research tools to provide strategic counsel to public, private and not-for-profit clients across a variety of sectors including financial services, insurance, transportation, resource industries, energy, health care, and education.

Lyle’s polls have been highlighted in media across the country. He is regularly featured in the Globe and Mail, the Hill Times and on CKNW as well as appearing in Maclean’s Magazine, the National Post and various CanWest newspapers, as well as other print and broadcast media.

EDA CON::NECT Event Series - 2015 Executive Symposium Greg Lyle presentation

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Ken Smith, Managing Partner :: Dundee Associates Ltd.

Ken has practiced as a strategy consultant for over 25 years, beginning with McKinsey & Company and later with SECOR Consulting, Canada’s leading strategy boutique, where he was a Managing Partner and Chair of the Board.  His client work and research interests have been focused on business and public policy issues related to industry restructuring and corporate development.   In addition to serving many corporate clients on strategy and M&A issues, Ken worked in support of the Red Wilson Panel on Canadian Competitiveness in 2008 and has worked on M&A policy issues in several industry sectors.  He has published numerous articles on M&A success and failure, and on public policy issues associated with global industry restructuring, including his article “Losing (Ownership) Control” in the Harvard Business Review.  Earlier, he developed the first shareholder value-based metric of merger success and introduced the application of real options to acquisitions in restructuring industries.   Much of this work is included in his book “The Art of M&A Strategy” with Alexandra Reed Lajoux, McGraw Hill, New York, 2012.

Ken has also been active in corporate governance as a director, an advisor to boards and a leader in the governance community.  He is a director of ACCERTA, The Arthritis Society, the M&A Leadership Council (US), serving on strategy, HR and governance committees.  He is a former director and Chair of SECOR Consulting, and past-Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).  He has been an advisor on matters of strategy, M&A and governance to corporate and crown boards.  He has written numerous articles on the board’s role in strategy and M&A for the ICD, the NACD (US), the CPA and the M&A Journal of the Association of Corporate Growth..

Ken’s education and professional qualifications include a B.Sc. in Mathematics from York University, and an M. Sc. and Ph.D. in Mathematics and an MBA from the University of Toronto.   He is also a Certified Management Consultant (C.M.C.) and an accredited director with both the Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada) and the American College of Corporate Directors.  Ken also teaches the M&A course in the Rotman MBA program from time-to-time as a Sessional Lecturer.

EDA CON::NECT Event Series - 2015 Executive Symposium Ken Smith presentation

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