Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 18:30



If you could create a culture that attracts top talent, engages teams, empowers high-performance and delivers results, what would it look like?  “In the end, as a leader, you are always going to get a combination of two things: what you create and what you allow.” (Henry Cloud)  The good news is, as leaders we are ridiculously in charge, and if we fully own what we create and what we allow and set boundaries, we can build our dream cultures.


Event Description

About the book

“Ultimately, leadership is about turning a vision into reality; it’s about producing real results in the real world.” – Henry Cloud, Boundaries for Leaders

Work culture doesn’t just happen. It’s a combination of what you create, and what you allow.

Henry Cloud urges leaders to focus less on “the plan,” and instead, turn their attention to the people. In Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships, and Being Ridiculously in Charge, Dr. Cloud explains the power of brain science in coaxing the best outcomes from employees. Boundaries are interpreted by the brain similar to property lines, and as a leader, you are in charge of what happens within the property (or boundaries). Establishing firm boundaries supports a team through distractions that can block results:

  • Focus: What are we doing?
  • Emotional Climate: What does it feel like to work here?
  • Disconnection: Where’s my buddy?
  • Negative Thinking: Yes we can!
  • Control: What can I do that matters?

Dr. Cloud’s Boundaries for Leaders offers thoughtful insight and real-life examples of effective leadership and managing positive values and culture within the workplace.

About the author

Dr. Henry Cloud is a clinical psychologist with an extensive background in both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, and he has a well-established private practice in California. He is also an international speaker and the author of the The One-Life Solution (Collins Business, September 2008), as well as coauthor of the bestselling Boundaries, The Mom Factor, Raising Great Kids, and How People Grow.


Catherine Ducharme

Catherine Ducharme

Director, Client Services for Smart Savvy Academy

Catherine Ducharme is a career communicator with a few decades of experience in brand, corporate, marketing and employee communications. She’s the current Chair of the International Association of Business Communicators Canada West Region. As Director, Client Services for Smart Savvy’s newest expansion, Smart Savvy Academy, Catherine contributes daily to our purpose, which is to make work more meaningful, leaders more potent and teams more productive and engaged.

Peter Reek

Peter Reek

Founder + CEO, Smart, Savvy + Associates

Peter Reek is the Founder and CEO of Smart, Savvy + Associates: and expert providers of recruitment of high calibre marketing, communications, creative, and sales professionals. Peter’s specialty is strong relationships: we get to know our candidates and we take the time to explore the job requirements, cultural context and business objectives surrounding each hire.

Peter is a visionary, and his latest venture is a company expansion: Smart Savvy Academy. Under Peter’s leadership, the Academy team supports clients in their desire to make work more meaningful, leaders more potent and teams more productive and engaged. Program areas include: leadership performance programs, team performance, sales performance, individual performance, and engagement and culture.

Anne Donohoe

Anne Donohoe

Chief Marketing Officer

Anne joined MEC as Chief Marketing Officer in January 2013 and is responsible for marketing, communications, community investment and brand engagement strategies. Anne supports the ongoing evolution of the iconic MEC brand, extending MEC’s unique retail offering to a growing number of members and inspiring Canadians to lead active lifestyles outside.

Anne has over 20 years of experience in marketing communications, starting at Harlequin Enterprises, where she became passionate about direct to consumer marketing and e-commerce. Anne joined INTRAWEST to develop their customer relationship marketing capabilities across North America and then moved to Singapore, where she worked with Interbrand, as the Director of Brand Strategy for South East Asia. Following her years overseas, Anne is now treasuring her time at home in Vancouver and is introducing her two daughters to outdoor fun in the nearby parks, mountains, and ocean.


Please note that Dr. Henry Cloud does not endorse this event, nor will he be attendance (although we’d love him to be).

Event Details

Event Series

Leaders Are Readers




Tuesday, September 26, 2017


6:30PM – 9:00PM


Glowbal Restaurant (upstairs) – 590 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3


Vancouver, BC

Catherine Ducharme

Director, Client Services with Smart Savvy Academy

Catherine is a career communicator who brings 25+ years corporate and internal brand and communications leadership experience with technology, life sciences, health, regulator, association, crown corps and professional services companies. She’s worked both corporate side and as an entrepreneur, running two successful communication companies. Catherine is currently Chair of the International Association of Business Communicators Canada West Region. She’s an avid speaker — love being in front of a microphone — and a mentor.


Peter Reek

Founder and CEO at Smart, Savvy + Associates
Peter is a leader. He has been helping companies make smart decisions and build for success for over 20 years. Seasoned in senior-level marketing, Peter knows what businesses need to meet their goals. He also knows WHO they need. Translation: he knows people. He can spot the star and sniff out the imposter. Peter has served clients in a variety of industries, lead sizable teams and launched divisions in Canada, US, Europe and Australia.



Anne Donohoe

Chief Marketing Officer at Mountain Equipment Co-op

Anne is a results-driven marketing executive with 20 years of experience leading innovative marketing initiatives. She will be sharing a case study of Mountain Equipment Co-op’s cultural transformation, which has richly evolved over the past decade.


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