CKNW’s CEO Series returns to Segal Graduate School

Aug 16, 2014


The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University will this fall welcome back Vancouver radio station CKNW News Talk 980 to the Segal Graduate School to garner leadership insights from some of BC’s top CEOs in the Leadership Talks Series.

The Leadership Talks Series is a special edition of CKNW’s CEO Series, focusing on how BC’s top bosses achieved their success, the lessons they have learned during their journey to the top, and what they foresee in the future of their industries.

Following the retirement of previous CEO Series host Bill Good, the program will feature six CEOs in a series of one on one breakfast interviews with new host Simi Sara. Sara will explore how the CEOs have fostered successful organizational cultures, and uncover the foundations upon which these leaders have built their successful careers.

The series will commence on Tuesday, September 9 with John Montalbano, CEO of RBC Asset Management.

Subsequent broadcasts will feature Wayne Drury, CEO of Coast Tsimshian Resources; Sue Paish, President and CEO of LifeLabs Laboratory Services; Shahrzad Rafati, Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV; Kari Yuers, President and CEO of Kryton International; and Jeff Booth, President and CEO of BuildDirect.

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 CEO Series 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; Christine Day of Lululemon; Greg Saretsky of WestJet; and Brian Hill of Aritzia.

Tickets are now on sale for CKNW’s Leadership Talks Series. For further details or to purchase tickets, please visit

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