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EAMONN PERCY, B. Eng., MBA

Business Growth Strategist & Advisor | Cleantech Veteran | Board Director & Chair
Business Author | Former Global Executive | Investor

Purpose:

To enable more performance, profit and purpose.

Career Summary:

Eamonn is a business growth strategist with more than 25 years of experience in helping companies transform and grow, with a track record of creating significant shareholder value.

He has held multiple senior leadership and C-level roles with top global companies: Powertech Labs (BC Hydro), Ballard Power Systems, Pirelli Cables, and Ford, across both multiple industries and phases of growth. He led the successful turnaround of two global companies (in manufacturing and in engineering), returning both to significant profitability and strong working capital positions.

Eamonn holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from Lakehead University and an MBA (Finance) from University of Toronto / Rotman School of Management.  Eamonn completed Executive Education in Leading and Managing Change at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

He has sat on multiple boards in the commercial, academic, community and regulatory sectors. He currently sits on the boards of BC Special Olympics, Exro Technologies and Phantom Screens (Chair). Eamonn held an adjunct professor role at the UBC School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was honoured with the BCIT Alumni Award for Professional Development and Career Achievement (2007), as is a recipient of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award (1999).​

Eamonn is a media commentator, speaker, and columnist on the topics of leadership and business growth. In 2017, Eamonn published his first book, The 1% Solution: How Small Daily Changes Produce Massive Long-term Results, which teaches aspiring business leaders the compounding habits of perseverance.

Difference:

What makes Eamonn different is his pragmatic approach to business growth, based on his unique combination of technical, business and leadership skills. He is the only business growth advisor in Canada that has successfully led and significantly increased the profitability of multiple companies, and then takes the strategies that worked to your company.

   

Career Highlights:

  • CEO and Chief Growth Strategist, The Percy Group, a business advisory firm which coaches high performing entrepreneurs and business owners to improve cash flow and profit 2X – 5X.

  • Veteran business executive and advisor with 25+ year’s real-world business experience and track record of creating significant shareholder value.

  • Cleantech Veteran, as executive with two large clean tech firms (Ballard Power and Powertech Labs) and as an advisor to multiple clean tech companies.

  • Multiple C-level and senior leadership experience with top global companies: Powertech Labs, Ballard Power Systems, Pirelli Cable & Systems, and Ford Electronics.

  • Multi-sector experience: Technology, Manufacturing, Energy, Automotive, Consulting, Distribution, Products, Engineering.

  • Multi-stage experience: start-ups, high growth, high scale, turnarounds and mature.

  • Experienced business executive, entrepreneur, investor, advisor, speaker and columnist.

  • Unique combination of technical, business and leadership skills. (Electrical Engineer + MBA)

  • Board experience in commercial, academic and regulatory sectors.

  • Award Recipient for Professional Development and Career Achievement.

Professional Roles:

  • CEO and Chief Growth Strategist, 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 Corp., Markham, Ont.

Formal Education:

  • Executive Education: Leading and Managing Change (1997), Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Masters of Business Administration (Finance Major) (1991), University of Toronto (Rotman), 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

  • Certificate: Electrical and Electronics Drafting (1981), Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland

Board Roles & Community Involvement:

Current:

  • Advisory Board Chair: Private, family-owned enterprise (2015 – Ongoing)

  • Board Member: Exro Technologies Inc. (2017 – Ongoing)

  • Board Member: Special Olympics of BC (2016 – Ongoing)

Past:

  • Advisory Board Member: UBC School of Electrical Engineering Advisory Committee (2010 – 2017)

  • Adjunct Professor: UBC School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2011 – 2014)

  • Executive-In-Residence: BCTIA Centre4Growth Technology Accelerator (2013 – 2015)

  • Board Member: Lakehead University Board of Governors (2006 – 2008)

  • Board Member: Architectural Institute of British Columbia (2003 – 2007) 2

  • 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)

  • Mentor: Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Beedie School of Business, SFU (2013 – 2015)

  • Partner: BC Technology Social Ventures Partners (2002 – 2008)

  • Advisor: Developmental Disabilities Association – Starworks (2005 – 2008)

  • Advisor: EMBERS, a social micro-business incubator (2002-2003)

Media:

  • Contributor to the Globe and Mail – Report on Business, on business, innovation and leadership.

  • Contributor to the Surrey Board of Trade Newspaper and Business in Vancouver.

  • Contributor to the Michael Campbell Money Talks Radio Program and World Outlook Conference.

  • Keynote speaker on the topics of business growth, leadership and innovation.

  • Highly regarded contributor for panels on leadership, business, and innovation

  • Publisher of the weekly business growth and leadership blog – Growth By Design

Publications:

Honours:

  • BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award - Professional Leadership and Service to the Community (2007)

  • Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award (1999)

Contact Us

Email:  info@percygroup.ca
Phone: (604) 261-6216