Chris Weir

Overview

Purpose galvanizes people to ignite long-lasting positive change, driving growth and innovation.  My presentation will include ways to communicate effectively in order to activate purpose.   This important communication topic for Project Managers will be structured in the following way:
 
a)     What is (and what is not) Purpose
b)     How and Why is Purpose becoming increasingly important as a driver of business innovation and transformation
c)     EY and Harvard Study showing that Purpose is underleveraged as a driver of innovation and transformation
d)     Using Purpose to Effectively Engage Stakeholders while delivering Project Management services
e)     Barriers to implementing leadership strategies associated with Purpose
 
Who will benefit? 
Any Project Manager who wants to increase their effectiveness in communicating to key stakeholders on projects.  Anyone looking for an innovative approach to enabling action in others.
 
What are the benefits? 
Increased effectiveness communicating information; being understood; and building stronger business relationships with key stakeholders.  Understanding one of the hottest topics in business today.
 
Biography
Chris Weir’s purpose is to help Atlantic Canada grow.  He spent the past 9 years marketing and selling IT and Business Professional Services for Ambir and Ernst and Young and holds responsibility for selling and marketing to world-class clients in the public and private sector.  His current Government clients include all four Provincial bodies in Atlantic Canada as well as the Federal Government.  
Chris spent a large part of his sales career with Xerox Canada during the “start-up” years for the Inside Sales Organization in Saint John between 1999 and 2008. He has held roles of sales rep, program manager and people manager. Such a variety of roles has allowed Chris to learn a great deal about many aspects of Sales, Training, Management and Support. Chris has also received some of the finest sales and management training available, some which came from Xerox Document University.
He won Xerox’ highest sales award, President’s Club, four times as well as a prestigious Innovation Award that gave him the honor of representing Xerox in Athens Greece in 2004 as an official Olympic Torchbearer.
Chris is also an entrepreneur, author, MBA Instructor, and professional fishing guide.  He has held roles such as commercial fisherman, farmer and public school teacher.
Happily married for 25 years and a father of two, he is an active volunteer in organizations such as Junior Achievement, the Business Immigrant Mentorship Program, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the Hammond River Angling Association, the Wallace McCain Institute and ConnexionWorks.