Burlington: What CEOs need to know about the latest Cyber Security developments. @ Burlington Golf and Country Club
Mar 29 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

What CEOs need to know about the latest Cyber Security developments.

The threat landscape continues to evolve and more sophisticated hacks are becoming mainstream, affecting small and large organizations alike.

In this session, you will learn the right questions you need to be asking, where to allocate resources for the best ROI, and how to earn the confidence of your board, customers, and business partners.


Joe Graci

President, Interwork Technologies

As President of Interwork Technologies, Joe Graci leads a high growth North American cyber security distribution business with over 2,000 Solution Provider and technology manufacturer relationships.  He’s led the business through 5 consecutive years of growth and was recently awarded the Canadian Business Excellence Award by Excellence Canada & PwC.  Interwork also earned the Channel Innovation Award and voted as the Top Specialty Distributor for 3 consecutive years by eChannel News. 

Joe understands cyber security challenges from the CEO seat and offers partners practical advice on how organizations can cost-effectively increase their cyber security posture.  For more information, visit and

Hardman_TwitterHosted by Tim Hardman, Group Leader, CEO Global Network

Tim has an established track record of generating accelerated growth and transforming businesses on an international scale through the development of effective leadership teams and operational best practices.


GREAT CEOs Speaker Series – Jim Estill @ Mississauga Convention Centre
Apr 6 @ 7:45 am – 12:30 pm

Jim Estill

Successful Technology Entrepreneur, Author and Humanitarian.

Keys To Successful Implementation

Jim started a computer distribution company, EMJ Data, from the trunk of his car in 1979 while in his final year of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  Jim built the company to over $350 million in sales before selling it to SYNNEX in September 2004. He then became CEO of SYNNEX Canada and grew sales over 5 years from $800 million to $2 billion.

Jim has long had an interest in early stage technology companies and has been an investor, advisor and board member to numerous technology businesses including Research in Motion (RIM) / BlackBerry, where he was a founding board member. Jim joined the RIM board just prior to their IPO and served them for 13 years.

 “You can be successful without an original idea, there are no original ideas, it’s all about the implementation.” – Jim Estill

One of Jim’s success maxims is ‘do the right thing’ — and he practices what he preaches.

In response to the 2015 global refugee crisis, Jim took his private sector expertise and a personal donation of over $1 million and created a volunteer organizational structure to ensure the successful settlement of over 50 Syrian families in Guelph, Ontario.

Jim is currently President and CEO at Danby Products Ltd. an appliance company with annual sales of $400 million. Jim is also the author of two management books, Time Leadership and Zero to $2 Billion, the second of which also being the name of his popular Ted Talk.

Toronto Life Article (Dec 20, 2016) – The man who put up $1.5 million to save 200 Syrian refugees

Oakville: Member Mixer @ Seasons Restaurant
May 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

CEO Global Network Member Mixer 


An excellent opportunity to get to know other CEO Global Network Members in a relaxed, casual setting. 

Informal – No speeches – Members only – Lots of great conversation with outstanding people.

Exclusively for CEO Global Network Members.

GREAT CEOs Speaker Series – Patty McCord @ Mississauga Convention Centre
Jun 15 @ 7:45 am – 12:30 pm

Patty McCord

Workplace Innovator, Culture and Leadership Consultant and Former Chief Talent Officer, Netflix.

The Future of Work

Patty McCord brings the Silicon Valley concepts of fresh ideas and innovation and applies them to rethinking the way we work. She challenges norms and invites us to reconsider the idea of “best practices.”

Patty served as chief talent officer of Netflix for 12 years and – along with input from the Netflix management team – helped create the Netflix Culture Deck. The presentation took on a life of its own when it was posted on the web, and has since been viewed more than fifteen million times. Sheryl Sandberg has said it “may be the most important document ever to come out of Silicon Valley.”

Patty was also in charge of operationalizing the Netflix Culture Deck concepts. This involved creating or sometimes eliminating patterns, systems and structure so that the words and aspirations of the culture document became actual behaviors and modes of operating.

She participated in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) with Netflix and before that with Pure Atria Software. She has worked with both small start-ups and very large companies. She is a veteran of Sun Microsystems, Borland and Seagate Technologies.

Patty has many years of working with business leaders and aspiring management to help people realize and practice leadership. She has seen first-hand how companies can become slow and complacent and how employees can become cynics and whiners.

She is an innovative businessperson who is willing to push the boundaries of thinking about the way we work. From abolishing performance reviews to challenging the need for policies, Patty believes people come to work as fully formed adults with a desire to make an impact and be proud of what they do and she is on a mission to spread the word that we can do things differently.

Patty is frequently in the media with interviews and articles in Harvard Business Review, NPR, Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal. She speaks at CEO Forums, business schools and for large groups around the world. Patty also coaches and advises a small group of companies and entrepreneurs on culture and leadership as the Principal of Patty McCord Consulting.

Click below to view the Netflix Culture Deck.

Save The Date – 10th Annual Golf Tournament @ Osprey Valley Golf
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

More details to follow.

GREAT CEOs Speaker Series – Daniel Pink @ Mississauga Convention Centre
Oct 19 @ 7:45 am – 12:30 pm

Daniel Pink

Best-Selling Author, To Sell Is Human, Drive and A Whole New Mind.

The Cascade Effect: How Small Wins Can Transform Your Organization

Daniel H. Pink is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His 5 books on work, business, and behaviour have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.

His books include:

To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. A #1 best seller on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post lists and winner of the American Marketing Association’s Berry Book Prize for the year’s best book on marketing.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. #1 New York Times best seller. 159 weeks on the New York Times best seller lists. National bestseller in Japan and the UK.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. 96 weeks on the New York Times best seller lists. Freshman Read at several US colleges and universities. In 2008, Oprah Winfrey gave away 4,500 copies of the book to Stanford University’s graduating class when she was the school’s commencement speaker.

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. The first American business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga and the only graphic novel to appear on the BusinessWeek best seller list. Named an American Library Association best graphic novel for teens.

Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself. Washington Post best seller. Named by the U.S. Department of Labor as a Book That Shaped Work in America over the last 100 years.

Pink was host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a television series about human behaviour on the National Geographic Channel. He also appears frequently on NPR’s Hidden Brain, the PBS NewsHour, and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad.

He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, Slate, and other publications. In 2007, he was a Japan Society Media fellow in Tokyo, where he studied the country’s massive comic industry.

In 2015, London-based Thinkers 50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world.

Pink’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. His RSA Animate video about the ideas in his book, Drive, has collected more than 14 million views.

He currently serves on the advisory boards of RiseSmart, Betterment Institutional, Heleo, and Hubspot.

Before venturing out on his own nearly 20 years ago, Dan worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore.

He received a BA from Northwestern University, where he was a Truman Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, the Pratt Institute, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Westfield State University.

Pink and his wife live in Washington, DC. They have three children — a college sophomore, a high school senior, and an eighth grader.

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