Team Profiles

 Gordon Griffiths (Gord)

Gord has enjoyed an illustrious career in the printing industry. He is an expert in growth and sales strategies, mergers and acquisitions, executive management, and leadership mentoring. He has led a number of Canadian and international printing companies to overcome challenges and achieve significant success.

Gord has held C-suite positions for some of the largest print and publishing companies in the world. In his roles, he was responsible for profitable operations, in many cases requiring turnaround efforts to return to profits, for nearly 100 individual manufacturing plants. Annual sales per plant ranged from more than $5 million to over $100 million.

Gord is also an innovator. In 2008, he founded Gordon Group Inc., a marketing services company assisting organizations with creative mergers. The company went public and achieved annual sales of over $125 million.

Gord is now pleased to expand his service offering with Connecting For Results Inc., by joining with business experts and partners.

Robert Dale (Bob)

Bob has many years of graphic communications management experience, including over 15 years as a consultant and business owner. Bob has provided management consulting services since the 1990s and has worked with printing companies, government services, universities and colleges, technology service providers, and major corporations, to assist in performance maximization, as well as transition execution and support.

For almost 15 years, Bob was employed by RBC in Canada as a specialist leading national and international efforts. His area of expertise included effective category management, specifically supply chain and life cycle management for a wide range of print and security products. In his role, he was responsible for undertaking significant transformation for many operations in Canada, as well as over 17 additional countries where retail and other financial services are offered.

Bob has published many thought leadership columns on effective cost management and management information systems, which are featured in graphic arts industry publications. He was previously a part-time faculty member of Ryerson University, where he taught in the Graphic Communications Management program.

Heather Black

Heather is an accomplished consultative leader with 20+ years of experience cultivating new business, delivering customized solutions, and identifying and recruiting qualified staff. Proven success in business development from ideation to planning and driving significant growth.

Heather is an excellent communicator and strong leader with ability to foster business relationships with stakeholders of all levels. She has managed full spectrum of functions: strategy, business development, sales, service delivery, recruitment, operations, team management and business partnerships.

Howard Conway

Howard has over 40 years of experience in implementing process improvement, cost realignment, quality methods, and operational re-engineering in industries ranging from consumer goods through to printing and digital printing applications and services. His expertise has been used in many innovative applications of digital printing including the development of picture postage.

Howard’s wide range of participation with varied organizations, has allowed him to utilize these skills and expediently identifying areas of improvement in addition to developing and implementing project plans that improve profitability.

Howard has held a number of senior management positions in a wide range of print communication organizations, where he has led teams to implemented improvement to EBIDA and shareholder value. His leadership methods have enabled smooth cultural change in organizations, as well as enthusiastic approaches to customer service, creating a “Can Do” culture.

Gary Forget

Gary considers himself an organizational doctor and everyone who has worked with him can attest to his deep understanding of people and of the barriers to high performance.

Whatever the root cause of lackluster results, Gary has the tools, experience and knowledge to significantly increase bottom-line results. Besides his diagnostic capabilities, Gary is adept at mentoring employees so they are more effective and capable of achieving their personal, team, and business goals.

Keith Larson

Global problem solver in sales, finance, operations, human resources, startups, and engineering. Denver Business Journal 2020 CFO of the Year Honoree. Acquired several companies and successfully integrated them. Unique leader with exceptional problem-solving skills. Excellent communication skills. Executive with a proven track record of achieving outstanding results. Successful career at large companies (Proctor & Gamble, DuPont, and Bertelsmann), medium sized companies (Cenveo), small companies (AllHealth), and several startups. 

Keith has a master’s degree in Engineering from Iowa State University and an eMBA from IMD, Geneva Switzerland. He is a CMPE (Certified Medical Practice Executive) and a Fellow at the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Darren L. Loken

Darren has served over 30 years as a passionate leader and innovative thinker in the printing industry. He has a proven record of effectively guiding teams to profitability and growth, as well as in restructuring and improving under-performing businesses.

His tenure in the print industry includes executive roles in varying sized companies, from small local concerns to multi-billion dollar global enterprises. Decades of board leadership and peer group engagement offered visibility into hundreds of other printing companies of all sizes. The result has been the ability to recognize and bring top performing leadership, best practices, and financial & critical business metrics to bear in all the businesses he has touched. 

Darren’s vast experience, ranging from planning and implementation to turn-around management, mergers, acquisitions, and business sales – as well as his zeal for coaching and mentoring – is a welcomed resource for our Connecting For Results team.

Nicky Milner

Multi-faceted print and publishing technology executive, with experience in information technology, pre-media and pre-press, digital printing, program and project management. Five-time member of PrintAction Canada’s List of 50 Most Influential People in Graphic Communications. Successful leadership career with North American print and publishing organizations (Quebecor World, Transcontinental), in roles spanning production technology, operations management, digital media, and more.

Recognized for coaching, mentorship, and education by Ryerson University. Excellent communication skills, and a proven track record in achieving stellar business performance.

Nicole Morrison

Nicole is an award-winning communications professional with over a decade of experience in a variety of industries including arts and culture, education, entertainment, fashion, and travel. Nicole has extensive experience directing public relations campaigns both in-house and as an independent consultant.

She has a proven track record of developing, managing, and executing communications strategies across traditional and digital channels, and has successfully raised the profile of her clients across national media outlets.

Passionate about learning and education, she received a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and her Ontario Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. An avid volunteer, Nicole enjoys working with children’s charities and supporting arts events.

Michael O’Connell

Michael has spent his entire 43-year working career in the printing industry and the last 35 years as president of his own mid-sized printing company. His career started in equipment sales, where he sold million dollar web presses and bindery equipment. Michael acquired two underperforming printing companies over his career. He increased profitability through the addition of costing systems, standards of performance, and quality control throughout the plants.

Michael has been active with the Canadian Printing Industries Association (Toronto Branch) and served on the board for four years. He served as president of the association in his final year and sat on the National Board. Michael brings to CFR a wealth of experience in operations management, mergers and acquisitions, recruitment, accounting and finance. He holds a Commerce degree from Queen’s University with a specialty in Marketing.

Mark Phillips

Mark has held many senior management positions in both private and international corporate organizations including sales and business direction and is comfortable in boardrooms with C-suite individuals or in pressrooms.

Mark was an early supporter of the shift from traditional print to digital and realized both could complement each other when implemented properly. He has also been instrumental in leading many company environmental and manufacturing initiatives such as Kazian, ISO, and FSC.

Morris Slemko

Morris is a results-oriented financial executive with extensive experience in both corporate and operating financial roles in public and private companies. He has driven profitability in both growth markets and mature industries.

During his tenure with a large Canadian public company, Morris developed expertise in financing, taxation and mergers and acquisitions. He has held senior financial positions with a number of printers where the primary objectives were to reduce costs, improve productivity, acquire, or divest and re-finance the businesses.

Morris has also served as Senior Vice President, Operations, and Chief Operating Officer of an advertising business. In these positions, he managed the integration of multiple agencies, both physically and culturally, and successfully launched a new greenfield commercial photography venture.

Terry Tyler

Terry is a sales and sales management professional with many years of experience with some of the finest printing companies in the US.  He is a consultative solution provider and creative problem solver, and can assist clients with sales strategies, coaching, potential new market verticals and increasing profitability.

Terry has a very wide network of print company owners and ceos and can explore merger, tuck-in and acquisition opportunities with companies across the country.