Mark provides leadership during a period of transition, rapid growth or change operating as Interim CEO, President or Executive Director. He has demonstrated success over 15 years offering interim management services and executive advisement to private sector businesses, not-for-profit and social enterprise organizations. Mark has built a reputation for growing both people and revenue with three decades of business development leadership across Western Canada. A dynamic communicator and strategic thinker, he bridges short term gaps in senior management or adds capacity on a fractional basis long-term. He communicates with stakeholders at all levels internally and externally in assessing opportunities for organizational improvement.
Played a key transitional leadership role in bringing three operating entities together into one provincial not-for-profit organization.
Served as Interim CEO of an established residential addiction treatment and recovery centre instituting administrative controls and working to rebuild relationships within the community whilst leading a process to identify and transition a new full-time CEO.
Following the sudden departure of the long-term Executive Director/CEO, successfully transitioned a medium size not-for-profit charity in the immigrant services sector, enhancing its performance, increasing its funding and sourcing new leadership.
Led a not-for-profit through a feasibility assessment study for a new social enterprise that resulted in their IT services company receiving the operating funding it required.
Worked alongside senior management and shareholders of an independent ag retail company to build capacity and effect a succession plan that transformed the organization to where it was named Canadian Ag Retailer of the Year.
Led a senior management team in developing strategies for business partnerships with First Nations.
On-site Versus on Camera? How Will Business be Done Now?
A look at the implications of the post restriction workplace by Osborne Managing Partner Mark Olson and Senior HR Advisor Colleen Winston. Mark Olson First off let me get my own bias out of the way. I have run a virtual interim management and consulting Practice for 17 years. We have never owned, or leased [...]
For those of us that own and operate a business, these are interesting times. For some quarantine has meant 14 days, for others it has metaphorically been several months. If you are a type A Driver like me, it’s been excruciatingly difficult to change how to think and how to operate. In case you’re wondering, [...]
Our Principals and Advisors join our families, friends, clients and fellow citizens in our hope for an imminent emergence from this tragic pandemic and an eventual healing of the scars it will leave behind. It is critically important business carries on and addresses the challenges and opportunities that 2020 has left behind. In spite of [...]
Staying a Step Ahead of Trouble to Achieve the Unbelievable
Okay, over the holidays I admit I did some Netflix binging. What caught my attention was “The Money Heist”, a series released in 2017 that ran for three years. It’s made in Spain, but the English dubbing is so good I could barely notice the difference. The plot is immaterial but it’s about a select […]