What’s Up Wednesdays Return!

By: Craig Mackay, FCMC

I asked myself this summer: why should we keep doing What’s up Wednesday sessions?

It takes a lot of organizational planning and effort to put on a digital show. The pandemic is over, we hope, and virtual events may get less attention. Plus, for me, it must be professional and informative.

Truth is, it’s invigorating to organize this programming – it’s fun and we make sure our guest speakers are subject matter experts in their fields, the content is relevant and timely, and we get to discuss and tackle the latest issues and trends in the consulting business.

The goal of the show is to provide value to our members with presentations and interviews featuring guest speakers who can provide in-depth information on topics of interest to management consultants.  

We also want to use the show to attract new members to become Certified Management Consultants (CMCs), and to promote existing members. The beauty of a virtual show is we can reach our members anywhere, and the recorded versions are accessed anywhere at any time.

Given those criteria we are going to forge on and have compiled a fall schedule of speakers and topics that we thought you might find interesting – I know we do!

    On September 14th, Natasha Apollonova will speak on Intelligent Cities and navigating new opportunities. Natasha is a Certified Economic Developer who has consulted on projects for senior leaders within federal, provincial, and municipal governments.

    Next up, on October 12th, Dr. Louise Harris and Dr. Marie-Dawn Turner will discuss Changes in Change Management. Our guest speakers are both PhD’s and CMCs, are sole proprietors of a change management practice and they hail from Newfoundland and British Columbia respectively.  You can hear Dr. Turner on CMC-Canada new podcast, where she explains why leaders need to adopt a Readiness Mindset™.

    On November 9th, we will discuss cyber security with guest speaker, Marcus Troiano. He offers the key best practices for protecting your business against cyberattacks. He is a Cybersecurity Strategy Advisor who has led and delivered cybersecurity strategy and completed transformation projects for leading organizations and governments across the globe.

    On December 14th, we have a special treat with Kayla Isabelle, Founder & CEO of Startup Canada, podcast host for Women Entrepreneurs and a Top Forty Under 40 Executive.  Gain insight into Canada's entrepreneurship trends and the top challenges entrepreneurs are facing within the Canadian economy, with Defining Opportunity - Exploring Canada's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.

    As we plan the 2023 What’s Up Wednesday shows, we ask you to drop us a note and let us know what topics and trends you are interested in, tell us what you like and don’t like. 

    Remember these sessions are open and free to everyone so share and invite your colleagues and mentees, help spread the word.  Block off your second Wednesday of the month.


    About the Author – Craig Mackay, FCMC

    Craig Mackay is Past President of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario and Vice President of Nortak Software, responsible for Information Solutions. 

    Craig is host of What’s Up Wednesday the digital series presented by CMC-Ontario, he is also a Management Advisory Service (MAS) consultant recognized by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada).

    Craig is a Solutions Architect and a Senior IT Project Manager, a VOIP Engineer, and is ITIL certified.  As a Senior VP at Nortak Craig also handles sales and the SR&ED program.  Craig takes a customer centric approach to designing and implementing useable and sustainable IT solutions.  Nortak Software is an AWS partner with trained Cloud migration and support technicians.   Let us put your business in the Clouds.  Mr. Mackay created the CallBase CRM solution which is now available for Software as a Service (SaaS) on the Cloud.


    Upcoming What's Up Wednesdays

    • September 14, 2022 - Intelligent Cities; Navigating New Opportunities with Natasha Apollonova
    • October 12, 2022 - Changes in Change Management with Louise Harris and Dawn-Marie Turner
    • November 9, 2022 - Protecting Against Cyberthreats presented by Marcus Troiano
    • December 14, 2022 - Exploring Canada's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem with Kayla Isabelle