President & CEO, Banff Executive Leadership Inc.
Principal, International Institute for TV-Media Leadership

Doug Macnamara

Doug has more than 25 years experience in Leadership, Governance & Executive Development, Strategic Facilitation and overall Organizational Development. He has specialized in strategy formulation and implementation, high-risk environments, organizational leadership, branding, and sales/marketing/service development.

Doug Macnamara joined The Banff Centre in March, 1994 and served as Vice President, The Banff Centre and General Manager, The Banff Centre for Management until July 2001 when he left to set-up Banff Executive Leadership Inc. During this time he built up annual programming from approximately 35 to over 140, increased annual participant numbers from 800 to 4,000. He led the development ofdedicated programming areas for Aboriginal Leadership and Management, as well as Community & Not-for-Profit Leadership; in addition to enhancing both Core Leadership & Management, and Governance & Executive Leadership programming. He also invented unique competency profiling and active learning processes. These initiatives positioned The Banff Centre as Canada’s leader in leadership development.

His prior background includes time spent as a high school science teacher, an editor in educational publishing, and several years at Royal Trust responsible for leading strategic planning, management development, and technical training

(including credit, money market, pensions, benefits, and corporate finance). At Royal Trust, he was founder and Managing Partner of BRG Associates. This sub-unit of Royal Trust became a national H.R., benefits design, communications and strategic planning consulting team, working with many Top 500 companies, government departments, and non-profit organizations. As VP Sales at Anixter Canada - the leading distributor of wiring
systems for telecommunications, data, electrical and electronic infrastructure and over $265MM in annual sales - he turned around their sales force and financial condition.

In an executive capacity, Doug has successfully led new business unit start-ups, downsizing/turnarounds, plus
restructurings/transformations. These have included strategic/marketing repositioning and re-branding of image. As a consultant, he has assisted over 50 organizations through these processes.

Doug is an active speaker and executive retreat facilitator, with recent sessions including: Leading in a Networked World, Leadership @ internet.speed, Improving Board Governance Effectiveness, Strategic Planning, Market Positioning & Creating Enhanced Customer Value, Competency Mapping and Performance Management Systems, Differentiating Yourself and Creating Value for your Customers, Economic Trends and Environmental Scanning, Trends in Networking and Communications, Communication to Employees in Volatile Times, Unleashing Creativity and Innovation, Merger and Acquisition Communications, Pension/Benefits/Incentive Compensation Design.

An active volunteer in the community, Doug has served United Way Campaigns in several roles, including as a member of the Campaign Cabinet in Metro Toronto. In addition, he has served Oolagen, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Canada and Australia, The Royal Life Saving Society of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross Society, and The Canadian Diabetes Association. He has worked with Indigenous communities, and environmental issues. Doug served 8yrs as Board Chair of The Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, and currently serves as National Board Chair for Canadian Diabetes Association, plus Marketing Committee of International Certified Management Consultants
Institute; recently also as Board member of the National Geographic Television Channel, and a high school basketball coach.

Doug has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry, B. Ed. in Environmental & Adult Education, Outdoor Educator’s Certificate and Certificate in Employee Benefits, the Certified Human Resources Professional and Certified Management Consultant Designations. He also completed the MLE program (Management & Leadership Education) at Harvard University. He is currently the Fellow for Leadership & Governance with Entovation International, and Fellow of Intentac - the International Entrepreneurship Academy.

Doug and his wife Liane have traveled widely, including two years exploration of mountains and oceans in the Asia Pacific region, giving them a broad understanding of various cultures and communities. Today they live in Banff; with son Robert having completed his Masters in Alternative Energy Engineering at Imperial College, London England now working there with BP; and daughter Leah now in 3rd Yr Kinesiology/PHE at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

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