Did you know that Fred Astaire came to Calgary? Well, those are just a few of the things I learned from Tony McGrath. We spoke about entrepreneurial passion, and that sometimes, to get out of our way, we need a #mentor who tells us what we don't want to hear… and we need to listen.

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Why we love him?

  • He's failed many times; he's been successful many times, too; but he's learned most from his failures.
  • He's achieved many times what was said to be impossible — a master of re-invention.
  • He ran his first 1/2 marathon at age 63.

Tony McGrath – The Grand Theatre

Tony McGrath, a former soldier and elite athlete, came to Canada as a new immigrant after a career as a senior executive in banking, insurance and retail in the UK and Europe.

After heading up a number of startup enterprises, he led an investment group and management team to launch a new Canadian insurance company. Until recently Tony was a partner in a consulting practice, which focused on leadership mentoring, strategy and business turnaround. He facilitates workshops, seminars and is a frequent speaker at conferences in North America and the UK.

He has been a sought after interim CEO in challenging business situations and is now the CEO at Calgary’s The GRAND Theatre, Western Canada’s oldest and most beautiful performing arts theatre. He has a particular interest in long road trips and Latin America.


  Posted: Tue Jun 9th 2020 12:00pm  a year ago
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