Deep bow to all of the organizations and the people who have contributed to THE AWAKENED COMPANY. These people shared their opinions and deeply care about what is going on within organizations.

Julian Barling

Dr. Barling taught me leadership and Human Resources Management during my MBA at Queen’s in the early 2000’s. Dr. Barling holds the Borden Chair of Leadership at Queen’s School of Business. He is an authority on transformational leadership, and has received numerous awards for both research and teaching, including the National Post’s “Leaders in Business Education” award. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and named a Queen’s Research Chair in 2002. He has been elected a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, the Association for Psychological Sciences, and the Canadian Psychological Association. He is the author of 175 articles and 10 books, including the Handbook of Organizational Behavior, the Handbook of Work Stress, and the Handbook of Workplace Violence. His most recent book is The Science of Leadership: Lessons from Research for Organizational Leaders that Forbes Magazine rated as one of the most creative books of 2014.

Kent Brown

Kent Brown is my (Catherine) husband and lifelong partner. We have been together since I was 17. We have raised two boys together, John and Michael. Kent led Canada’s largest renewable energy company, Canadian Hydro Developers, which was taken over by another power company.  He has now started another renewable energy company, BluEarth. He and his team are known to be the renewable energy leaders in Canada. He was named Canadian Innovator of the Year from Clean Energy Canada in 2014.

Orn Gudmundsson

Interviewing the individuals from Northland was enriching. They have an organizations that has been around for decades. Northland, and its corporate predecessors, have been in the primary business of drying, sorting, and grading hardwood lumber since 1933. Our largest and oldest facility sits on the railroad line between Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. This region is renowned not only for its variety in species, but for a great balance between color, texture, and grain, all with a good variety of widths and lengths. Our other locations were chosen for specific species traits and availability, bringing you the best from each growing region in North America.

Shawna Guiltner

Shawna Guiltner is a client of BluEra’s. She is energetic, engaging, positive, and honest. She has 20 years sales, marketing, financial, distribution, OEM and general management experience in large corporate and international markets. Customer service is Shawna’s top priority and she is well-known in the industry for providing a balanced approach to a range of process solutions.

H. Harish Hande

Dr. Harish Hande cofounded SELCO India. SELCO won the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2005 and the Accenture Economic Development Award the same year. In 2007, SELCO won the Ashden Award again, presented by former Vice President of the United States Al Gore. On this occasion the award was for outstanding achievement in the energy sector. Hande was named the social entrepreneur of the year 2007 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation. In 2008, Hande was chosen by Business Today as one of the 21 young leaders for India’s 21st century. Later, in June 2008, India Today named him one of the 50 pioneers of change in India.

Renee Hodgkinson

Craig Keilburger directed me to Renee to get an insiders perspective on how they treat their people. Me to We is an innovative social enterprise that offers socially conscious and environmentally friendly products and life-changing experiences.

Pamela Jeffery

Pamela was recommended as a must interview by my friend Marie Delorme, and Pamela was indeed inspirational and practical. from her WXN Bio Prior to launching a successful public affairs consulting firm in Toronto in 1994, Pamela enjoyed a career as one of Canada’s ‘too few’ female lobbyists after serving as a Political Advisor in the Ontario government.  Recognized by the National Post as a “communications wizard,” she also served as a Communications Advisor to Prime Minister Martin. During a consulting assignment, Pamela was inspired to create a network for female leaders because one did not exist after determining she was not ‘the only woman in Canada’ who wanted to be part of a network of like-minded women.  Drawing on her experience in business, government and politics, she designed WXN for women in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  This reflected her concern that all too often, leaders in the private sector were unknown to leaders in other sectors, therefore denying them the opportunity to collaborate and learn from one another as women who were often the first to assume leadership roles in their organizations. Since its founding in 1997, WXN has grown to 17,500 select women across Canada.  In 2003, she founded Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, now Canada’s most prestigious Awards for female leaders.  In 2008, WXN was launched in Ireland – the first step towards creating an international community of female leaders.  In 2012, Pamela was the only resident Canadian named as a charter member of Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women which recognized 60 women globally including Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates for their dedication to changing the lives of women and girls. In 2009, she founded the Canadian Board Diversity Council with a mandate from the federal government to increase the board representation of women, members of visible minority groups, Aboriginal peoples including First Nations, Inuit and Métis and persons with disabilities.Pamela’s commitment to community service is extensive.  She is well-versed in corporate governance in the  public and not-for-profit sectors having served on 11 public sector and non-profit boards, 11 advisory boards and committees and four nominating/governance committees. She currently serves as a member of the federal government’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards, the Ivey School of Business Entrepreneurship Council and is a Director of The Hincks-Dellcrest Foundation. Pamela holds an MBA and an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. She taught government relations strategy in the MBA and Executive MBA Programs at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto from 1992-2001. She lives in Toronto with her husband Norman Inkster and is the mother of two sons Stephen and Samuel.

Erik Kaae

Erik Kaae was an absolute rock star at Microsoft in Denmark. He has been actively studying the Enneagram for the last eight years. He was the SMS & P Director, for Denmark and Iceland. He is known for his ability to make things happen with heart. Erik is now COO at EG A/S in Denmark.

Constance Kellough

Constance Kellough founded Namaste Publishing introducing Eckhart Tolle to the world through The Power of Now and a New Earth and is committed to publishing the most evolutionary and transformational books. She was interviewed prior to choosing to be The Awakened Company’s publisher.

Craig Keilburger

Craig Kielburger has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and pop icons, including Former President Bill Clinton, Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson and many more. With his brother, Marc, Craig writes “Global Voices,” a weekly column about the pressing issues of our time, syndicated in the Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Winnipeg Free Press, The Huffington Post and Huffington Post Canada online. The Kielburgers also write a weekly advice column in the Globe & Mail called “Ask the Kielburgers.” Craig is a New York Times bestselling author who has written nine books. His latest is Living Me to We: The Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians. He has a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, The Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Medal, The World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, and is one of the youngest recipients of The Order of Canada. Craig’s work has been featured on multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, Piers Morgan Live and The Today Show; and in People, Time and The Economist.

Dave Logan

Dave Logan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tribal Leadership and his energy is absolutely infectious. He teaches at the USC Marshall School of Business, where he’s been loitering since 1996. Author of four books, consultant to three dozen Fortune 500 companies, and PhD in organizational communication from the Annenberg School at USC.

Kolin Lymworth

Kolin Lymworth, Banyen’s founder and still current owner, understands that we are in the process of a great transformation of life through the spirit in its many forms. Unlike today, in 1970, books about the spiritual path were relatively few or hard to come by. Since that time, it has been Kolin’s and Banyen’s goal to provide education and nourishment for the human soul and community in the form of books, music, videos, talks, workshops, performances, and other events, as well as Banyen’s own publications. Despite the challenges faced by bookstores currently, with over 27,000 volumes under its roof, Banyen still sells over 6,000 books a month.

Rose Marcario

Rose Marcario is the President and CEO of Patagonia and Patagonia Works. Rose came to Patagonia with 15 years’ experience in corporate finance and global operations, including as executive vice president in charge of mergers, acquisitions, and private placements for Los Angeles-based Capital Advisors and senior Vice President and CFO of General Magic (a spin-off of Apple Computer, Inc.). She serves on the Board of Trustees for Naropa University (a Buddhist liberal arts college in Boulder, Colorado) and her environmental activism includes preservation focused work with organizations like the Joshua Tree National Park Association and the Mojave Desert Land Trust. After joining Patagonia in 2008, she quickly embarked on transforming the company’s infrastructure to improve its operations and financial performance in addition to broadening business throughout Europe, Japan, and Australia. Marcario has helped Patagonia focus on innovation and the development of new product groups, processes and technologies, including biorubber suits, traceable down, and full range insulation for Nano Air products.

Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg is a world renowned academic and author specializing in business and management. Mintzberg, Henry. (n.d.) Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from ( Author of 16 books and nearly 160 articles, Mintzberg is currently the Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University. Mintzberg, Henry (n.d.). Résumé. Retrieved from ( He published Managers not MBAs in 2004, Tracking Strategies in 2007, and Simply Managing in 2013. Mintzberg shares our sense of urgency in rebuilding companies as communities. He is also known for his controversial views on management education and training; views that are becoming far less contentious as people wake up to the failures of our current business model.

Mark Montemurro

Mark A. Montemurro has been Vice President of Thermal at Baytex Energy Corp. since November 18, 2013. Montemurro has been Senior Vice President of Engineering and Geosciences at Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. since April 2013. He is a Co-Founder of Alter NRG Corporation. He has been an Independent Senior Advisor for Banking & Investment Business at ThomasLloyd Group PLC since December 2011. He has held a variety of executive positions, primarily leading subsurface, facility and operations teams with Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Laricina Energy Limited, Deer Creek Energy Limited, and PanCanadian Energy Corporation. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Westinghouse Plasma Corporation. He has an extensive and highly successful history in alternate/renewable energy technology development and deployment. He also has more than 30 years of oil and gas experience, focusing primarily on conventional and thermal heavy oil. He had leadership roles in commercializing innovative technology in conventional oil and gas, such as horizontal drilling.

Jamie Naughton

I was lucky enough to speak with Jamie Naughton. She is their cultural dynamo, having been with the company since 2004 and spreading the Zappos love across the world. Jamie Naughton joined, Inc. in 2004, right after the company relocated from the bay area to Las Vegas. As Speaker of the House, Jamie works directly with CEO Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay), focusing on the culture. Her role is essential in creating and driving the architecture of the dynamic culture as well as focusing on culture R&D to ensure always stays relevant to both the employees and their customers. Jamie travels the country to work with world renowned companies, authors, researchers, and business leaders to help spread the concept that by focusing on your employees and customers, good companies can become legendary companies. is a leading online clothing and footwear company that has been consistently recognized as one of the best places to work.  Derived from the Spanish word for shoe—zapatos—Zappos places major emphasis on company culture to achieve employee happiness and empowerment which translates into customer happiness and greater profits.

Robert Pockar

Rob Pockar is the CEO of Matrix Solutions Inc., an employee-owned environmental and engineering consulting company. His company focuses on finding environmentally sound solutions for their government and business clients. Pockar believes that many of society’s problems will be solved with science-based solutions “whether that’s economics, whether it’s social science, whether its biology or meteorology.” He believes that a greater appreciation of science is necessary for all of us to be good stewards of the Earth. Along with greater scientific literacy and scientific curiosity, Pockar believes that society needs to be “awake and humble”. Self-awareness and humility are recurring themes for Pockar.

Jody Vargo Ransdell

Interviewing the individuals from Northland was enriching. They have an organizations that has been around for decades. Northland, and its corporate predecessors, have been in the primary business of drying, sorting, and grading hardwood lumber since 1933. Our largest and oldest facility sits on the railroad line between Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. This region is renowned not only for its variety in species, but for a great balance between color, texture, and grain, all with a good variety of widths and lengths. Our other locations were chosen for specific species traits and availability, bringing you the best from each growing region in North America.

Claus Otto Scharmer

Dr. C. Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program and helps groups of diverse stakeholders from business, government, and civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. He co-founded the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness (GNH) Lab, which links innovators from Bhutan, Brazil, Europe, and the United States in order to innovate beyond GDP. He is working with governments in Africa, Asia, and Europe and has delivered award-winning leadership and innovation programs for clients including Alibaba, Daimler, Eileen Fisher, Fujitsu, Google, Natura, and PriceWaterhouse. Scharmer introduced the concept of “presencing” – learning from the emerging future – in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge, J. Jaworski, and B. S. Flowers). His new book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies (co-authored with Katrin Kaufer) focuses on transforming business, society, and self (published in July 2013). He currently is a Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Leadership Models and holds a Ph.D. in economics and management from Witten-Herdecke University in Germany. The founder of Theory U and the subsequent website——Scharmer has extensive experience working with some of the world’s leaders in business, government, and civil society using Theory U and the Presencing process to teach groups and organizations how to develop holistic leadership capabilities and capacities.

Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon is the president of Renewal Partners and Chairman of Renewal Funds. Renewal Funds builds upon almost 20 years of experience in successful high impact investing. Investing for example, in companies like Stonyfield Farms. Joel serves as a Senior Advisor with RSF Social Finance and speaks frequently throughout North America, including a 2012 TEDx Vancouver talk. He is a founding member of Social Venture Network (SVN), Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the Tides Canada Foundation, and is board chair of Hollyhock. From 1993 to 2008, Joel managed the Family Office activities of Carol Newell. Together, they pioneered an integrated use of capital for social impact that is now growing as a strategy for deep mission investors. Joel has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SVN and was recently inducted with Carol Newell into the SVN Hall of Fame.

Mac Van Wielingen

Mac Van Wielingen was a Founder of ARC Financial in 1989 and ARC Resources Ltd. in 1996. ARC Financial is a leading private equity investment management company focused on the oil and gas sector in Canada with currently approximately $4 billion of capital under management. Van Wielingen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARC Resources Ltd., a past and current director of numerous other companies within the oil and gas sector, and is active in various capacities in the community and the not-for-profit sector. Van Wielingen is a member of the Board of Directors of Alberta Investment Management Corporation, a provincial crown corporation responsible for managing approximately $70 billion on behalf of public sector pension, endowment and special purpose funds. Mac is also President of Viewpoint Capital Corporation, a private family-owned investment company, and President of Viewpoint Foundation, a private charitable foundation. In 2011, Van Wielingen won the Prairies Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Van Wielingen is also a founder and Chair of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business (CCAL), at the Haskayne School of Business. CCAL’s mission is to support the introduction of advanced understandings of business leadership into business education, with a focus on both performance and ethics.

W. Brett Wilson

W. Brett Wilson is a Canadian leader in investment banking and investment management (FirstEnergy, Canoe Financial), an entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As a panelist on CBC’s Dragon’s Den for three seasons, he was known as the investor with a big heart.

Kirsten Stendevad

Kirsten Stendevad is an experienced speaker and a delight high energy interview!  She has written five trendsetting books on personal leadership, amongst them a bestseller called Motherhood as a Careerbooster, and has 12 years experience in turning ordinary women into Xtraordinary leaders and role models.She has spoken at Harvard Business School, MIT, NYU, Microsoft, Novo Nordisk among many others, and is currently writing a book on 21st Century Leadership for the prestigeous Scandinavian Business publisher Gyldendal Business.


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