Our Executive Advisors
Leslie Ferrari is a multi-dimensional business leader with a proven track record of delivering year over year growth within the North American manufacturing and consumer goods sectors. She is known as a strategist, change agent and collaborative partner in making things happen within complex and competitive settings.
Leslie’s career to date has prepared her to spearhead continued development and profitability in a variety of executive roles. She has taken on and successfully met challenges in senior positions spanning Sales, Operations, General Management and Human Resources – culminating in the role of CEO for ABM Canada. This unique combination of expertise and experience enables her to view diverse performance levers and effectively dissect business issues, turning potential obstacles into opportunities for bottom-line impact.
Her list of accomplishments includes leading Canadian Operations of Levi Strauss Canada to a top 5 ranking in North America over 30 US facilities, transforming its Sales and Merchandising to think differently about customers in delivering profitable products and services. Between 2003 and 2102, Leslie worked her way from the VP HR to the COO of Polytainers Inc., leading and supporting the manufacturer to grow to $170MM in revenue. She also took Toronto Hydro Energy Services, an entrepreneurial start-up, from nothing to delivering 80% of the organization’s revenue within 2 years.
Leslie attended Queen’s University and earned a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree. She then joined the Conference Board of Canada as a Research Associate to Dr. James Nininger, working with him to launch the Compensation Research Center. After two years, she returned to school to pursue a Masters degree in Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto, graduating in only one year because of her advanced credits and experience.
During the mid 1980’s, Leslie tried her hand at professional golf, playing on the Futures Golf Tour in the US for 5 years. She remains an avid recreational golfer to this day.