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Matt Stewart is a Community Cultivator, ‘Den Mother’ and Executive Coach to entrepreneurs. After a diagnosis of leukemia, Matt left his coaching practice in Canada’s Financial district and moved to the Okanagan. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Matt has been living here for four years now with his husband and 10-year-old dog.
His "YES, AND..." approach has been fostered & developed over the past 20+ years from coaching, collaborating and advising Senior Leaders across North America in a variety of industries including: Healthcare, Global Finance, Major International Sport Events including the Olympics, Paralympics, Pan Am Games and Film Production. Matt co-facilitated the Volunteer Leadership Training sessions for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games with Michael Pinball Clemons.
Matt’s leadership experience includes leading the Venue Specific and Job Specific training team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where he was responsible for the development, on-boarding and training for the 50000+ strong workforce. During the operational phase of the Winter Games (last 4 months), Matt was the Mobile Operations Supervisor for the City Based Venues - which was basically a fancy title for the leader of the cavalry. He had a team of 50 volunteers who had the responsibility to back-fill any role, any time, at any of the venues in the city of Vancouver. If you watched Curling, Speed Skating (Short & Long), Figure Skating, Hockey, or the Opening and Closing Ceremonies – you may have seen him and his team in action.
Matt volunteers his time serving on the BC Cancer Foundation Committee for the 2020 Discovery Luncheon and is the Executive Director of the Not-for-Profit Okanagan Society of Independent Filmmakers (OSIF).
Most notably, Matt has given 3 International TEDx Talks, you can check them out here: https://www.ted.com/profiles/7280183
25 years ago Paul and his business partner started OK Communications Ltd, they were hopeful the new era of cell phones was going to be a lucrative endeavor. They soon found that as a dealer, the profit sharing wasn't in their favour and they needed to adapt quickly. After an unfortunate event sparked the need to install pinhole cameras at their shared workspace, their security business was born and they rebranded as Spy vs Spy.
Leadership is many different things to different people. As a member of the Kinsmen Club of Rutland and the Kinsmen Club of Kelowna, he has shaped his leadership skills with the training offered from the community organization. Paul ran volleyball leagues for 22 years and was the softball chairman for 6 consecutive years. While running his business full time, Paul found the training invaluable and the networking allowed his business to thrive through the ups and downs the entrepreneurial world presented. Paul owes his successes to the training he gathered through serving his community.
Paul volunteers his time to various organizations and believes that serving the community is everyone's duty. “We live here, we play here...this is us”. As a member of the Kinsmen Clubs in Kelowna he has served on the executive team and was the President, along with serving as the Deputy Governor 5 times. Paul has also participated in cooking and serving meals on Christmas Eve for Inn from the Cold.
Paul graduated from CDI Institute as a computer technician and continues to be involved with various manufactures training for both office and surveillance equipment.
Paul has attained many awards throughout his career, however the one that stands out the most to him is receiving the Lizard radio stations citizen of the month award which recognized his contribution to making the community a better place.