Two heads are better than one. It’s difficult making decisions on a daily basis and often wonder if you are making the right decision.
Advisors are invested in the success of your business. They are there for you when you have a difficult decision to make and you need someone to talk to. They won’t give you the answers you want to hear. Instead, they will walk you through scenarios and then you will make the final decision.
It is a pleasure to be working with such talented people.
Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore (www.boomingencore.com) – a digital media hub dedicated to providing information and inspiration to help baby boomers create and live their best encore. Today, Booming Encore is ranked as a global authority and social media influencer for baby boomers, ageing and retirement as well as being one of the top websites for baby boomers worldwide. Susan is married and a mother of two adult children and will often share her own experiences, observations and opinions on living life over 50.
Stephen McGill is the President & Creative Director of McGill Buckley, an award-winning branding agency in Ottawa. McGill Buckley provides clients with senior-level strategic think and attention-getting creativity.
Labeled by some as “the branding guy” he is a passionate believer in the power of brands to transform companies and organizations. An award-winning Creative Director and Writer, Stephen has won over 200 awards for creativity in Canada and internationally.
Stephen has long been involved in the non-profit sector, having advised and worked with groups such as the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, Youth Services Bureau, University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, Support Our Troops, Bruyère Foundation, St. John Ambulance Canada, Care Canada and Salvation Army.
He has spoken at conferences throughout Canada for groups such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals, United Way of Canada, Canadian Public Relations Society and corporate conferences.
Marc Miller is the founder of Career Pivot, which helps those in the 2nd Half of Life design careers that they can grow into for the next 30 years. Marc authored the book Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for the 2nd Half of Life published in September 2019.
Marc is a recovering engineer, a multipotentialite and a professional career-changer as he has made 6 career pivots over the last 35 years.
Marc is also the podcast host of the award-winning Repurpose Your Career Podcast.
You can learn more about Marc, Career Pivot and the Repurpose Your Career podcast by visiting the Careerpivot.com.
Peter Stewart – In Memory
I was honoured to have Peter as both an advisor and a friend. He believed in and supported my work. Peter was well known and respected in the Ottawa business community and is remembered for his genuine interest in helping others.
With over 30 years of experience in the Ottawa business community, Peter brought a wealth of experience to entrepreneurs. His entire career had been focused on helping businesses grow. A native of Montreal, Peter started in commercial real estate after his graduation from Carleton University in 1986. During his seven years in commercial real estate, Peter gained a wealth of knowledge on Ottawa and local business. In 1993, Peter opened the second franchise of Mail Boxes Etc in Ottawa that catered to the needs of small businesses. As an independent franchisee, he was responsible for staffing, marketing, and developing his business. He enjoyed working with his primary customer base of small business owners and helping them with the challenges they faced. Upon selling his store, he then took on the role of the Eastern Ontario Area Manager for MBE overseeing twenty franchised locations, and their subsequent rebranding to become The UPS Store.
In 2006, Peter became the first Executive Director of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce whose mandate is to promote and strengthen local businesses in the east end of Ottawa. In July 2010, Peter joined the OCRI Entrepreneurship Centre (now known as Invest Ottawa) as a business advisor for growth-stage companies. His commitment to helping entrepreneurs led to him becoming the Manager of Entrepreneurship Services in 2013, overseeing all the services and staff supporting early-stage entrepreneurs.
In May 2016, he stepped down from that role to begin his own business coaching practice. Peter was able to draw from his previous management and professional experience, as well as his local knowledge, which lent itself well for entrepreneurs looking for practical business advice and guidance.