Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador


Founded by a generous gift from Wallace McCain, Co-Founder of McCain Foods, in 2006, the Wallace McCain Institute (WMI) was established with his vision to create an organization that, “gives entrepreneurs in our region what they need to succeed”.

An institute of the University of New Brunswick, WMI was founded in New Brunswick, but its regional expansion has resulted in a growing membership base outside of New Brunswick. The WMI runs programs for growing business leaders and has three core strategic objectives: grow the personal capacity of entrepreneurial leaders though peer support, mentoring and judgment building; increase access to the critical company resources required to grow, namely people, money, and opportunities; and foster a positive business ecosystem by aligning with similar initiatives inside and outside the Greater Atlantic Area (GAA). The three peer programs at WMI are so impactful that after the year is over, 100% of the groups commit to continuing to meet quarterly for the rest of their lives. The collective revenue of WMI’s CEO members is now over $1 billion and their organizations employ over 9,000 employees.

Now, WMI is seeking its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to build on the great success of the Institute and lead it into the future. Reporting to the Board of Directors, as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) you will provide leadership and management for the organization’s strategic plan, operations and administration, and program development and delivery, and play a vital role in ensuring WMI’s success. As a strategic and collaborative leader, you will forge lasting relationships with the Greater Atlantic Area (GAA) entrepreneurial and business communities, alumni, partners within UNB, and other key WMI partners. You will build upon the network and profile of the Institute and ensure continued innovation and effectiveness of the content and delivery of its programs. Above all, you will champion the Institute’s mandate to help entrepreneurial leaders of growth-stage companies in the GAA to grow bigger faster through transformative and experiential, peer-based programs in all that you do.

As the ideal candidate, you are a passionate and strategic leader with an entrepreneurial energy and a track record of success leading, people, budgets and implementing strategic plans. You bring proven experience and credibility in supporting the growth and development of entrepreneurial leaders. An exceptional communicator, you are able to establish confidence and build enthusiasm with a wide range of audiences across the business community, academia, government, and the media. You have a natural affinity for building relationships, motivating people, and facilitating partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders and you have a strong and established network of contacts in the business and entrepreneurial communities across the GAA. Above all, you are passionate about the vital role of entrepreneurs in the Atlantic region, and you are energized by this opportunity to lead an incredible organization that is dedicated to building and nurturing the most inter-connected community of entrepreneurial business leaders in North America for the betterment of themselves, their companies, and their region.

The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please apply online at http://www.kbrs.ca/Career/15905. For more information or to ask any questions, please contact Daniella Sam at dsam@kbrs.ca or Andrea Forbes-Hurley at aforbeshurley@kbrs.ca.

KBRS will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including any accommodation that consider an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation to participate as a candidate, please contact accommodate@kbrs.ca.

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