Episode 16: Brendan Calder; Mentor, Leader, Manager extraordinaire

Brendan CalderBrendan Calder is a man who many cite as a mentor.  He has probably helped produce more leaders in the mortgage industry then anyone.  It is my pleasure to spend an hour talking leadership and management with Brendan.  I certainly took some things away from this one that change the way I look at how I do things.

Resources discussed in the interview

Getting It Done at the Rotman School of Business: http://inside.rotman.utoronto.ca/gettingitdone/course-outline/


The Effective Executive: Peter Drucker
The One Minute Manager: Ken Blanchard
Xenephone’s Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War

About Brendan:

Brendan Calder is the Entrepreneur in Residence and Adjunct Professor and Chair of Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at Rotman where he conducts the award-winning course, GettingItDone®. He was the founding Chair of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management. He also serves as the Director of EllisDon Construction, Equity Financial Trust Co. and FirstService Corp.

Brendan served as the Chair, President and CEO of CIBC Mortgages from 1995 to 2000. He also served as Chair of TIFF and of the Peter F. Drucker Canadian Foundation.

Academic Positions

2001-present Adjunct Professor; Rotman School of Management
2002-present Faculty: GettingItDone 2nd yr MBA course
2001 Executive Director, MBA Programs
2006-2008 Faculty:Bridge to Business
2008 Faculty:Omnium MBA
2001-present Entrepreneur in Residence; Rotman School of Management
2004- 2008 Founding Chair; Int’l Centre for Pension Management
2003-present Chair; Marcel Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking
2010-2013 Founding Board Member; FinSerAdvBd
2002-present Director; Impact Consulting Group
2003-present Senior Fellow, Massey College
2010-present Faculty: Social CRM program
2010-present Faculty: The Next 36 program
2013-present Board Member; CreativeDestructionLab
2013-present Board Member; Clarkson Ctre
2012-present Faculty, Creative Destruction Lab
2001-present Champion of All Things Rotman

Non-Academic Positions

1996-2000 Chair, President and CEO; CIBC Mortgages
1988-1996 President/Co-founder & Significant Shareholder; FirstLine Trust Company
1983-1988 President, Director & Significant Shareholder; Counsel Corporation/Counsel Trust; Counsel Life, DirecTrust
1980-1983 President, CEO & Director; Fidelity Trust
1978-1980 Executive VP; Canadian Realty Investors
1969-1978 General Manager, Director & Significant Shareholder; Canavest House (TSX member firm)

Honors and Awards

2006 ICD.D; Institute of Corporate Directors
2004 Initial Inductee; Mortgage Hall of Fame
2006-2013 Excellence in Teaching; Rotman School of Mngt
2003 Presidents’ Circle; U of Toronto
2003 Arbor Award; U of Toronto
2013 Fellow; The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
2012 Faculty of Mathematics Alumni Achievement Award; University of Waterloo
1983 Fellow; Canadian Trusts Institute
2013 Inaugural Claudia ‘helluvaguy’ Award
1979 Fellow; Canadian Securities Institute

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

Director, EllisDon Corporation
Director, FirstService Corporation
Director, Equity Finacial Trust Co
Director, Canada’s Top 40 under 40
Judge, Donner Awards
Past Director, CIBC Insurance Inc.
Past Chair, CIBC Mortgages Inc.
Past Director, WSIB
Past Chair, TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival Group
Past Director, Colliers International Mortgage Corporation
Past Director, Canadiana Financial
Past Chair, Coventree Capital
Past Director, The Franchise Company
Past Director, First International Asset Management
Past Director, FiLogix Inc.
Past Director, ClearPoint Business Resources
Past Chair, Custom Direct Income Fund
Past Director, iOwn Inc.
Past Director, Hammond Manufacturing
Past Chair, Peter F. Drucker Canadian Foundation
Past Director, Shred-it Inc
Past Chair, WirelessMoney Inc.
Member & Past RVP Canada, World Presidents Organization
Advisor for the Office of the Auditor General, Canada
Founding Chair, McLuhan Festival of the Future
Member & Past Chapter Chair, Young Presidents Organization
Member & Past Director, The National Club
Founding Member, National Angel Organization
Past Director, CNIB Ontario
Big Brother – 1975-82

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