Ron Foreman

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Executive Summary

CEO of a successful national consumer products distributor for over 20 years, founder of an information technology services company, experience in dealing with all the stakeholders in a family business succession, interim President of a graphic design business, web designer and programmer, photographer, filmmaker.



EmpowerYou, Toronto, Ontario 2004-
Founder & President

Assist entrepreneurs, small businesses, family businesses, families, and not-for-profits to use the Internet and information technology to market their products and services, increase their revenues, operate more efficiently, and achieve their goals.

Family Memories, Toronto, Ontario, 2004-

Founder & President

Family Memories helps families preserve their history, share their experiences, maintain strong family ties, and improve communication between the generations using the Internet. Click here for more information.


Web Site Developer, Toronto, Ontario, 2004-
I have been involved in the design, development, and/or maintenance of the following web sites:

The Baldwins Resort - In the Muskokas

The Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario

Family Memories

Barbara Symmons, Psychotherapist, Career Counsellor, Coach

The Foremans

Beverley Simpson, Change Leadership in Healthcare

Toronto Biotechnology Initiative

Redstone Cottage

M.E.K. Specialty Services Inc.

Provincial Nurse Educators Interest Group

The Health Leaders Institute

Andy Thomson

The Dorothy Wylie Nursing Leadership Institute

Clarendon Enterprises Ltd.

Darryl Albert, Artist

The Moirs


The Osborne Group, Montreal, Quebec, 2002-2004


The Osborne Group is a management-consulting firm, specializing in executive interim management. As a Principal, was appointed Interim President of a Montreal graphic design business for 6 months after the premature death of the Owner/President. Key accomplishments:


Full P&L responsibility reporting to the Board of Directors

The successful sale of this 40-employee company to two key stakeholders

Management of the day-to-day operations using a collaborative approach

Preparation of the books for the year end audit

The hiring and training of a controller

Assuming the role of mediator, coach and mentor on behalf of the new owners


WorkSmart Corporate Education Services Inc., Montreal, Quebec, 1995-2002

Founder & President

WorkSmart was a provider of information technology software and hardware training services for corporations and individuals. Key accomplishments:

Identified the business opportunity, started, and built this IT services company and grew the business to 30+ full and part time employees before the end of the second year

Researched industry, prepared a detailed business plan, and invested personal funds

As Business Development Manager, created a performance driven culture and grew sales to $2m before the end of second year

Created a strong brand image in the market through various promotional methods

Successfully negotiated financing, franchise agreements, & equipment and facilities leases

Operated as a Productivity Point International franchise for 5 years

Attracted, trained, coached, and retained an effective team of sales and technical people

Developed strategic alliances, partnerships, and effective working relationships with software vendors, information technology and education companies

Installed a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system and used it profitably for marketing and business development

Installed e-business capability, allowing clients to shop and purchase directly online

Sold the business to a large competitor


E. M. Ball Limited, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, 1968-1994

Owner & President

E. M. Ball Limited was a national distributor of consumer durables.  Full P&L responsibility for this company with 50 employees and many other stakeholders.  Responsible for all administration, marketing & sales, finance, and human resources.  Key accomplishments:


Achieved a tenfold increase in revenues to $10m

Developed marketing plans and profitably launched dozens of new consumer products nationally  using a variety of promotional methods

Negotiated partnerships and alliances with manufacturers and national retailers

First-hand experience working in a family business and initiating a succession plan

Selected, purchased, and installed several IT systems that improved client service and increased earnings

Gained extensive knowledge of inventory management systems and used them to improve earnings

Managed warehouse and distribution operations across Canada


Selected Professional Development


Digital Film Production, Film & Sound Editing, Theory of Photography, Digital Photography II, The Business of Film-Producing, Ryerson U. 2004

Coaching, Communication, and Alternate Dispute Resolution, Dennis Dwyer, in progress 

B. A., University of Waterloo, in progress

Executive Development Program, McGill University, 1998-1999

Selecting, Managing, Launching New Products, McGill Executive Development Program,’88

Financial Management in Wholesale Distribution, Ohio State University, 1978

Forestry Engineering, University of New Brunswick, 1963-67


Leadership Activities

Board of Directors & Treasurer, The Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario-Toronto, 2005-06
Board of Directors, Canadian Association of Family Enterprise-Montreal, 2002-04
Board of Directors, Royal Montreal Golf Club – Montreal, 1991-93
Board of Directors, Budget Committee, Montreal General Hospital – Montreal, 1990-92
Board of Directors, National Building Materials Distributors Association – Chicago, 1973-75
President, Canadian National Building Materials Distributors Association – Toronto, 1973 & 81


Volunteer Activities (See also here)


Volunteer, St. Christopher House, Toronto, May 2004 – Present

Fund Raiser & Photographer, Bell Walk for Kids, Toronto, May 2004 & 2005

Leader, Boy Scouts of Canada, Beavers & Cubs - Kirkland, Qc, 1974-83

Corporate Fund Raiser, Centraide (United Way) – Montreal, Qc, 1990-93

Membership Recruiter, Quebec political party – Montreal, Qc, 1984-86

Coach and Mentor, of adolescents in hockey, baseball, and golf – West Island, Qc, 1970-87

Committee Member, Allancroft Home and School Association, Beaconsfield, Qc, 1974-79

Member, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Montreal, Qc, 1985-95




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