About the Facilitator
Peter Jeffrey was born and educated in England where he obtained his Chartered Accountancy degree (FCA). He worked in Africa with Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and in the Bahamas with the First City Bank of New York before settling in Vancouver in 1974.
Peter has a broad range of executive management experience having held senior management positions, including President and CEO, with various companies both private and public. The companies have ranged from service to manufacturing, and from the largest aerospace company in British Columbia to start-ups. Peter has also been actively involved in company funding and has served and currently serves on boards of directors and advisory boards for public and private companies as well as for non-profit organizations.
Peter has helped companies with their strategic, marketing, operation and communication plans, with lean manufacturing and continuous improvement, government relations, as well as mentoring individuals and groups.
Peter has been the recipient of a number of awards and a guest speaker at various events and universities.
Peter was a member of a peer mentoring group and saw firsthand the value of such a forum for helping to discuss and resolve problems with individuals that shared similar issues, did not compete with one another in the marketplace, and were wanting to learn from one another. Also the ability to share best practices and pool resources. It was this experience that motivated Peter to make the same valuable experience available to companies in the Okanagan.
As President of FormaShape the Company became the industry leader in North America in resin transfer (closed) moulding, volume production. In March 2007, FormaShape was awarded “Innovative Organization of the Year” by the Okanagan Science & Technology Council. In 2008 FormaShape won two more awards. One was the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award for Big Business of the Year, and the second was the Canadian Innovation Award for Productivity Enhancement by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
Other Experience including Start-Ups and Awards
Peter has held various positions with start-up companies and was and is on the Boards of a number of companies.
Peter has received the Gold Entrepreneurial Award from the National Canadian Productivity Awards organization and was one of three finalists in the Pacific Region for Turnaround Entrepreneur of the Year. Peter was named 1996 Executive of the Year by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and given the Award of Merit by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada in 1999.
Peter has also participated on a number of business panels and been a guest speaker for various organizations including a number of chambers of commerce, accounting and business advisory firms and the University of British Columbia.
Peter is currently President of PDJ & Associates, his own consulting company, specializing in change management; strategic planning; company turnarounds; business plan development for revitalizing an enterprise or to raise investment funding; facilitation of both company and association strategic planning sessions; and helping companies to start or accelerate their Lean journeys.