Hello, I’m Ernest.
My mission is to help leaders and entrepreneurs solve today’s greatest challenges.
I work closely with clients to help them confidently navigate uncertainty, create clarity, and lead with authenticity. If you are interested in learning more about executive coaching, click here.
Over the last 15 years, I helped organizations like Yamaha, Shure, Parks Canada, Intact Insurance, and Brookfield navigate strategy, innovation and digital transformation. I designed and taught university strategy courses, delivered keynotes at numerous events, and founded a podcast conference.
My projects have been featured in Forbes, USA Today, HubSpot, Smart Insights, CBC, GlobalTV and Canadian Business. In 2017, I also delivered a TEDx talk on digital addiction.
I now leverage all of the above to support extraordinary leaders making a difference in climate change, education, health, food, and energy.
10 Things You May Find Interesting
- I practiced meditation for over a decade. I was first introduced to it via a local Soto Zen chapter. These days my practice is a blend of Zen and Transcendental.
- I love fountain pens! I’ve collected them for years, and have flex nibs from the 1940s to more modern Mont Blanc pens. My favourite to write with is a Sailor 1911.
- For a period of time, I wrote haiku poems daily. Once, I was invited to a haiku contest where I once won second place and was then published in a poetry magazine.
- In 2017, I gave a TEDx talk on digital addiction. I was so nervous, I forgot chunks of what I wanted to say, and after the video was released I realized my collar was flipped up the entire time.
- Art seems to be a recurring theme, and I am now learning watercolour painting. Before that, I spent a few years learning all about Sumi-e – a traditional Japanese art form. I did a Pecha Kucha talk on how Sumi ink is made.
- I founded the first podcast conference in Western Canada because I wanted to create a place for podcasters to connect, and learn how to create more engaging audio content.
- Over 20 years ago, I traded my first car for my first motorcycle. Since then, I built and rode stunt bikes, cafe racers, and bobbers. My most recent bike was a Triumph Thruxton.
- Every year, I try to organize one or two sabbaticals where I go completely off-grid for a few days, usually on a mountain or a cabin somewhere out of cell range. I couldn’t do it without my wife’s support.
- My wife and I got married on top of a mountain, on the island of Hvar in Croatia where I used to go as a child. Oh… and I’m originally from there.
- I founded the first social media certificate program in Western Canada at Mount Royal University, and still teach Digital Strategy for the Canadian Marketing Association.