Beedie set to welcome back CKNW’s CEO Series

Sep 17, 2013


The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University will this fall team once again with prominent Vancouver radio station CKNW News Talk 980 to bring management and entrepreneurship insights from some of Canada’s leading business minds to the SFU community.

The Chief Executives” program will bring a selection of the country’s top executives – ranging from outdoor equipment retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op to international gold extraction giant Goldcorp – to SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus in an exclusive series of interviews.

This season will feature six CEOs in total, as respected CKNW radio personality Bill Good engages with them during a series of intimate interviews in front of SFU students, alumni and the business community. Good’s guests will share their experiences in fostering leading brands and companies, including how they started and the underpinnings of their successful careers.

The series will commence on Tuesday, October 1 with Tina Osen, President and CEO of leading North American insurance brokerage firm HUB International.

Subsequent broadcasts will feature David Labistour, CEO of Mountain Equipment Co-op; Chad Wasilenkoff, CEO of international specialty pulp and security papers producer Fortress Paper; Ashley Cooper, President & CEO of Paladin Security, one of Canada’s largest full-service security companies; Launi Skinner, CEO of First West Credit Union, one of Canada’s largest credit unions; and Charles Jeannes, President and CEO of Goldcorp.

The 2013 fall series will build on the winning formula established in previous series that has seen “The Chief Executives” become the highest rated interview series on the Corus Radio network. Each interview will be held at a breakfast event at the Segal Graduate School in downtown Vancouver, where the revelatory hour-long interviews will be conducted in front of a live audience.

Previous series of “The Chief Executives” hosted by the Beedie School of Business included notable business leaders such as Ryan Holmes of Hootsuite; Jim Treliving of Boston Pizza and Mr. Lube; Tom Gaglardi of Northlands Property Group and owner of the Dallas Stars; Karen Flavelle of Purdy’s Chocolates; Brian Scudamore of 1-800-Got-Junk; Christine Day of Lululemon; Greg Saretsky of WestJet; and Brian Hill of Aritzia.

“The Chief Executives” is open to the public. For further details or to purchase tickets, please visit

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