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Founder and President

Profile: Eamonn Percy

Real World Story:

Eamonn knows business and how to overcome obstacles in both business and life. He went from the stock room to the board room, from a midnight shift production supervisor to executive with leading global companies, from sleeping in his car to C-level roles, from a C student in high school to an electrical engineering degree and MBA. Has successfully grown and lead multiple businesses, and created significant shareholder value. From turnaround mode to high growth, he understands the real-world struggles business leaders face each day, and knows how to help you overcome those struggles, take actions to permanently solve problems and accelerate the growth of your business. 

 

Highlights:

  • Founder and President of The Percy Group, a leading business performance improvement firm.
  • 25+ years business experience with a track record of creating significant increases in shareholder value and profits.
  • Leadership and business experience with top global companies: Ford, Pirelli, Powertech, Ballard.
  • Multiple sector experience: Technology, Manufacturing, Energy, Products, Engineering, Consulting
  • Multiple C-level experience and leadership roles in top global companies: Ford, Pirellie, Powertech, Ballard.
  • Multiple business stage experience: start-ups, high growth, turnaround and mature.
  • Experienced business executive, entrepreneur, investor, advisor, speaker and columnist.
  • Unique combination of technical, business skills and leadership skills. (Electrical Engineer + MBA)
  • Board experience in commercial, academic and regulatory sectors.  Award recipient.

Professional:

  • Founder and President, The Percy Group, Vancouver, BC 
  • CEO-in-Residence, BCTIA Centre4Growth Technology Accelerator, Vancouver, BC 
  • President and C.O.O., Powertech Labs Inc. and Executive, BC Hydro, Vancouver, BC 
  • Vice President, Operations, Ballard Power Systems, Burnaby, BC 
  • General Management, Pirelli Cables and Optical Systems Inc., Surrey, BC  
  • Variety of technical and management roles, Ford Electronics Manufacturing Corporation, Markham, Ont. 

Media:

  • Contributor to the Michael Campbell Money Talks Radio Program and World Outlook Conference. 
  • Contributor to the Globe and Mail – Report on Business, on the subjects of business growth and leadership.  
  • Columnist to the Surrey Board of Trade Newspaper and contributor to Business in Vancouver. 
  • Key note speaker on the topics of business growth, leadership and innovation. 
  • Publisher of the weekly business growth and leadership blog – Growth By Design 

Education:

  • Executive Education: Leading and Managing Change (1997) Stanford Graduate School of Business  
  • Masters of Business Administration (Finance Major) (1991), University of Toronto, Toronto 
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical with Economics Minor) (1986), Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
  • Diploma of Technology (Electrical Power) (1984), British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby 

Core Competency:

  • Restructuring and growth of complex organizations to achieve increased profitability in global markets.

Sample of results (with metrics):

  • Lead the program development and restructuring of a Vancouver based technology accelerator, in order to achieve scalability, make in more market facing and client centric, and helped it secure >$10M in funding.
  • While in the role of CEO-in-Residence assisted more than 50 early stage technology companies to help resolve strategic, leadership, product, financial and operational issues, to achieve significant market growth and increase in shareholder value.  Results for a very select client portfolio companies I assisted, include:
    • Achieving 60%+ CAGR for logistics and transportation Technology Company. 
    • Achieved a $2M payment from a global company to terminate a strategic relationship. 
    • Secured >$1M government funding to commercialize novel energy technology. 
  • Restructure and turnaround of Powertech Labs (Canada)
    • Sales increased >30% in less than 2 years
    • From cash flow negative to cash flow positive
    • Cash balance increased >200% to $6M
    • New businesses launched achieving $2M in first year sales
  • Restructure and turnaround of Pirelli Cables
    • Increased sales by 46%, during significant price drops
    • Increased output >200%
    • Earnings from $1.9M loss to $10.3M profit in 48 months

Boards / Community:

Current: 

  • Chair, Advisory Board (High Growth International Manufacturing Company), BC Based (2015 - Ongoing)
  • Mentor: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Beedie School of Business, SFU (2013 – 2015) 
  • Adjunct Professor:  UBC School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2011 – 2014) 
  • Advisory Board Member: UBC School of Electrical Engineering Advisory Committee (2010 – Ongoing) 
  • Executive-In-Residence Alumni: BCTIA Centre4Growth Technology Accelerator (2014 – Ongoing)

Past: 

  • Board Member: Lakehead University Board of Governors (2006 – 2008)  
  • Board Member: Architectural Institute of British Columbia (2003 – 2007) 
  • Advisory Board Chair: UBC Clean Energy Research Centre (2011 - 2013) 
  • Advisory Board Member: City of Surrey Mayor’s Clean Energy Advisory Network (2010 - 2012) 
  • Advisory Board Member: SFU Surrey Campus Advisory Council (2009 – 2012) 
  • Partner: BC Technology Social Ventures Partners (2002 – 2008) 
  • Advisor: Developmental Disabilities Association – Starworks (2005 – 2008)
  • Advisor: EMBERS, a social micro-business incubator (2002-2003) 

Honours

  • BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award - Professional Leadership and Service to the Community (2007)
  • Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award (1999)  

 

Full Profile:

Eamonn is an experienced business leader, with a track record of success in creating shareholder value by helping companies achieve superior performance in global markets. He has held a variety of senior leadership roles with companies in the cleantech, energy, engineering and automotive sectors, including Powertech Labs, Ballard Power Systems, Pirelli Cable & Systems, and Ford Electronics. He has significant board experience in corporate, academic, and regulatory sectors; is active in supporting the local community; and has been honoured with awards such as the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award and Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award. Eamonn has a B. Eng (Electrical) from Lakehead University, MBA (Finance) from University of Toronto, and has completed Executive Education at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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