F. Neil Morris
Founder & President
Neil founded Personal Due Diligence (PDD) in 2012 to work with parents and their children to develop and execute labour- and global market business cases based on deep market intelligence for purposes of purchasing higher education intended to secure work. Each business case includes a fallback position. The process can last up a year or longer whether it applies to finding a first job or resuming an existing career.
According to CIBC, Canada has the highest share of university graduates earning less than half the median income of all OECD countries. This waste of talent and intellect is one that Canada cannot afford.
Neil is fluently bilingual (English-French). He graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. in 1968 and joined IBM in Montreal. He moved into Human Resources in Montreal and Toronto after 6 years in Sales. A year later, he joined the executive search practice at Stevenson & Kellogg and incorporated. F. Neil Morris, Inc., an IT executive search practice, in 1976. In 1986, he was invited to participate in the annual De Groote School of Business Mock Interview Night for co-op and graduating commerce and MBA students. The relationship lasted for 25 years.
Neil has been providing on-site consulting services to a multinational transition counselling firm since 2001 and has attended at over 2100 on-site terminations on their behalf.
Bruce A. Stewart
Bruce Stewart is an internationally-recognized thought leader and futurist. Building on a career in information technology management and management consulting that spans the financial services sector, government, retail, broadcasting, not-for-profits, trade unions and the energy industry, Bruce has also been a management research analyst and executive advisor operating with the leadership of the Global 2000. He has held sessional appointments in graduate studies in management, education and information studies, and is well known for his creation of IT Governance Boards and their integration into governance and compliance processes for Boards of Directors and Executive Leadership teams. He now conducts research into and participates in the construction of sustainable communities, and is a regularly published columnist syndicated nationally on IT management, Canadian politics, economics, sustainability and Ontario affairs. Bruce holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.
Personal Due Diligence clients use Bruce to help them analyse the future of their industry, market segment, and the general economy to ensure they add skills and seek opportunities that work for them and their families.
The View from the Boardroom
Nancy May is CEO of The BoardBench Companies, the parent company of BoardBench®, the Women’s Global Business Alliance and Peer Counsel®. Ms. May has more than 25 years experience as a strategic advisor to CEOs and executive management in evaluating, designing, developing, and implementing strategic business opportunities. Utilizing both new and trusted methodologies and technologies, she has worked in a broad variety of industries including: automotive, energy/utilities, technology, healthcare, consumer goods and services, education, financial services, industrial manufacturing, media, communications and others.
Ms. May currently serves on the Board of Economic Ventures Inc., a company that develops and provides economic and entrepreneurial educational programs. She has also served on the advisory boards of emerging high-growth consumer goods and technology companies. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council, Connecticut, where she chaired the Nominating Committee, and has served on the boards of and actively supports a number of international and regional women’s organizations including the International Women’s Forum, American Women’s Economic Development Corporation, the founding chapter of the World Affairs Council’s Global Women’s Issues Forum, and others. She is a current member of the Economic Club of New York, the Financial Women’ s Association, HR People & Strategy, and the World Affairs Forum.
Ms. May has been honored by government and industry organizations for her work and support of women, was named in 1998 as Connecticut’s Women’s Business Advocate of the Year, and was invited to meet President Clinton as one of the nation’s top business leaders. Ms. May has been a guest lecturer and presenter for numerous business and professional organizations including the Financial Executive Institute, The Conference Board, National Geographic Films, and numerous college and university graduate and director education programs.
Risk Assessment and Management
Alvaro Orrantia led the global implementation of the Business Continuity Program for Research In Motion (BlackBerry), served as senior advisor for PricewaterhouseCoopers clients and led the information security and business continuity functions for ADP Canada. He has held a variety of Information Technology management positions in technology and real estate.
Alvaro’s consulting projects have included risk assessment and business continuity/disaster recovery for a broadly based range of organizations for over 20 years in the public and private sectors. His client base includes financial services, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare, retail, and property management. His risk management solutions focus on information security, disaster recovery and business continuity.
Alvaro holds a Computer Science and Systems Engineering degree and an Executive MBA. He received his CISSP designation (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) from ISC2 (International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium). He received his CBCP designation (Certified Business Continuity Professional) from Disaster Recovery Institute International.