Advisors, mentors, peers, and friends

Great leaders know that in order to keep growing, they need fresh insights, support, and trusted advice. This peer group has it all. Mike Gardner’s personal journey as a business leader, professor, mentor, and long-standing peer group member has left him with a lot of perspective for the ups and downs of running your own business. And unique insights into how to build the entrepreneurial life you want to live.

What you get

Presentations

Members bring their business and personal challenges and opportunities to the group. Applying a structured methodology, the group gets to the heart of the issue, and gives their input and guidance.

Learnings

The group chooses topics it wants to learn more about, and the content is delivered by outside subject matter experts, the group leader, or individual members.

Accountability

Members set goals, and share progress at meetings. They also meet regularly between meetings with an accountability partner to stay focused and connected.

Annual offsite

Once a year, the group takes time for reflection, learning, and bonding. Members dive into business and personal topics, from crafting a long term vision to doing a personal SWOT.

Even under the most challenging environments and situations, Mike takes on every opportunity with enthusiasm, empathy and humour.

Lori Weir
Co-founder & CEO, Four Eyes Financial

Mike’s experience as both player and coach enables him to quickly get to the root of any problem at hand.

Reed Clayton
CEO and Co-Founder, Codezero

Mike Gardner

Mike brings deep expertise as an entrepreneur and CEO to his role as a group leader. He is the owner of Property Fox, which simplifies the Canadian mortgage renewal process, and principal of boutique consulting firm Currentii Advisors. He previously served as the CEO of Agreement Express, and the President of Cayenta. Mike holds an MBA from Queen’s University, and teaches entrepreneurship at the University of British Columbia in the masters program.

Who can join?

A typical group member might describe themselves like this:

  • I’m an owner-operator or partner of the business
  • My company makes between $2-50M a year
  • I’m the main decision-maker
  • I want to grow the business
  • I’m willing to be open, vulnerable, and personal
  • I’m a lifelong learner

How it works

How often do we meet?

Between September and June, we meet 10 times – including 3 full day meetings, 6 half day meetings, and a 2-day offsite. Members select the specific dates

Where do we meet?

Each group member hosts one meeting per year at their office, home, or other meeting room. Hosts provide light food and refreshments.

What's on the agenda?

At every meeting, members provide updates, and present timely issues or opportunities. There’s also facilitated learning experiences and time to connect personally.

Is there any homework?

Members share brief written updates before each meeting, and occasionally need to prepare for a presentation, or read an article or a chapter from a book in advance.

Fees

Peer group fees are $9,000 per year plus a one-time $1,000 onboarding fee, and around $2,000-3,000 per year for offsite expenses and the annual holiday gathering. 1-1 mentoring with the group leader is optional, and available for an additional fee.

How to apply

  1. Get in touch to find out more, by filling out the form below

  2. We’ll reach out within 24 hours to schedule an introductory meeting

  3. Meet Mike Gardner to learn more about each other, find out how the group operates, hear about the initial learning focus, and ask any questions you have

  4. Attend informal introductions via Zoom, and a social gathering, in-person

 


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