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Ron Bremner, President, Gold Medal Consulting Group Ltd.
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Ron Bremner, President, Gold Medal Consulting Group Ltd.
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"I have never met an enthusiastic failure, " says Ron Bremner
, whom I first met 35 years ago when he
applied to work for a broadcast sales organization I was associated with.
A graduate of Hillfield College in Hamilton, he
was selling insurance.
was a confirmed sports enthusiast, bordering on having an addiction to sports.
family was made up of fervent dyed-in-the-wool Tiger Cat fans.
During the interview he
exuded confidence, determination and a maturity far beyond his
After five challenging years Ron
was ready for a break.
and wife Gail embarked on a two-year sabbatical, visiting a number of countries.
In 1994 Ron started the Gold Medal Consulting Group and accepted an offer to be chairman of PSP in New York, one of North America's top sports publications companies.
Within a year Ron
had sold it at a good profit for the owner.
Ron is currently CEO of Insight Sports Ltd. ( http://www.insightsports.com).
" The sports business is an exciting business," he
Many young people want to get into it.
But they have to remember that at the end of the day the sports business is a business.
Basic business principles apply."
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Diverse roster of speakers coming for leadership event | Odette
A big part of being a successful leader is cultivating good personal relationships, because even in today's digitally connected world face-to-face matters, says Ron Bremner.
"They should be teaching this stuff in school.
They should be teaching this in high school," said the former broadcast executive and one-time president of the NHL's Calgary Flames
From what he's
seen it is not happening enough.
Since 2002, Bremner
has been coaching high level executives and providing leadership training through his
firm, Gold Medal Consulting
"It doesn't matter how smart you are and what your marks are, you need to be able to work with people," he
will be leading sessions on how to develop and nurture strong personal relationships at the Georgie-Odette
Leadership Symposium on Jan. 31 at the Caboto Club
is one of 14 speakers, including Mozilla Corporation CEO Gary Kovacs and PepsiCo chief human resources officer Cynthia Trudell.
"I'm not the smartest person in the world, but I always took an interest in people," said Bremner
, who grew up in Hamilton.
"I never lost sight of the fact that I was very, very lucky to be in the positions I was in."
mother, a hairdresser, and his
father, who worked on the assembly line in a Ford
plant, taught him employees at all levels of a business are integral to its success, he
It kept him focused on people throughout his
corporate career, he
wife took a sabbatical after his
tenure with the Flames from 1996 to 2001.
decided to start his
consulting firm because he
saw a need for coaching and mentoring of high level executives, he
"The old saying that it's lonely at the top has never been more true," said Bremner
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Ron started Gold Medal Consulting Group in 2002, specializing in leadership training and executive mentoring and coaching---helping corporate teams and individuals 'be the best they can be'.
Ron Bremner, President and Owner, Gold Medal Consulting Group Ltd.
Ron Bremner was born in Hamilton, Ontario where he attended Hillfield-Strathallan College.
He graduated from the University of Guelph where he majored in history and English and quarterbacked the varsity football team.
After a short stint in the life insurance business, Ron
calling in broadcast sales.
Starting at Standard Broadcast Sales
in Toronto, Ron
represented some of the top radio stations in the country, including CFRB Toronto, CJAD Montreal and CKNW Vancouver.
In 1974 Ron
was recruited to move to Vancouver and joined the top rated CKNW/CFMI retail sales team, selling retail advertising for 5 years before being promoted to Sales Manager, then Vice-President/General Manager and finally President/General Manager.
In all, Ron
spent 16 years at CKNW/CFMI radio stations and for 5 consecutive years from 1985-1990 Ron's team led the stations to record profits each year.
In 1990 head office asked Ron
to take the reins of BCTV
, the flagship of Western International Communications (now owned by Global).
While Ron was President/CEO of BCTV between 1990 and 1996 the station earned record profits each year and led the way in many innovations including Canada's first simultaneous news translation into Cantonese as well as Canada's first extended Saturday morning television newscasts.
In 1996 Ron
was recruited and accepted the challenging role of President/CEO of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League
and the Saddledome facility.
Season tickets and the Canadian dollar were both at an all-time low and the hockey teams' on ice fortunes were just as challenged.
Under Ron's leadership, both the business and hockey aspects of the organization were completely rebuilt.
remained with the club for 5 years through 2001, consolidating the business side of the operation, adding the Hitmen
junior team to the mix, dramatically increasing season ticket sales, while creating new and exciting sponsorship and promotions opportunities.
Ron's innovative approach to sports marketing was the subject of feature articles in many magazines including Canadian Business
After leaving the Flames, Ron
wife Gail embarked on a 2 year sabbatical spending extended periods of time in France, Italy and New Zealand.
returned to University at Laval
in Quebec City to take French immersion.
In 2002, Ron
returned to his
eastern roots with his
wife Gail and formed the Gold Medal Consulting Group
in King City, just north of Toronto.
Gold Medal Consulting
focuses on leadership training, management consulting and motivational speaking.
In late 2004, Ron
completed an extended consulting project in Manhattan as Chairman/CEO of Professional Sports Publications
(PSP), New York, New York on behalf of Larry Tanenbaum's Kilmer Van Nostrand.
Subsequent to the PSP project, Ron has done two additional projects for Larry Tanenbaums' group, serving as Vice-Chairman of Insight Sports in the Digital Broadcasting field and as Chairman/CEO of Unisync (one of Canada's premier companies in the corporate apparel business).
also believes that just as each employee can help make a profit, similarly each employee can help make a difference; a difference in their company, a difference in their community and a difference in the lives of their fellow employee.
Ron was Chairman of the Canadian Television Board for 2 consecutive terms and was elected into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2000.
was named BC's Broadcaster of the Year in 1996 and that same year he
was awarded Variety Club's highest distinction, the Golden Heart Award for Community Service.
was a recipient of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Award for Community Service in 2007.
He currently serves on the Board of the St. Michael's Hospital President's Advisory Council (Toronto).
is currently Coaching/Mentoring a number of high-profile Canadian Executives in different areas of the country, working with each to try and help them focus on various areas of personal growth and development in an effort to get them to the next level and beyond.
has been profiled in a number of newspaper and magazine articles over the years as well as having been featured in a major article in Canadian Business Magazine
has been a frequent guest on the CTV show 'Off The Record' with Michael Landsberg as well as being a regular contributor to Broadcast Dialogue Magazine
is also working on a book entitled, 'LIfe and Leadership Lessons from The Wizard of Oz'.
wife Gail and English Doodle dog 'Beanz' reside in King City, Ontario.
has one son, Mark, who lives in Vancouver.
style is inclusive and his