Stewart Pollard is a leadership coach, change manager, facilitator, and trainer with a specialization in leadership effectiveness, organizational change management and process improvement. He draws on over 20 years of leadership experience in Quality Assurance, Program Management, Operations, Process Improvement and Human Resources with such companies as Goodrich Landing Gear, Honeywell Aerospace and J.D. Irving, Limited. Throughout his career, Stewart has managed P&Ls of over $300M annually, led transformations resulting in revenue growth of 600% over 3 years, and coached leaders to employee engagement improvements of 30% year over year. As a certified Lean Expert and Six Sigma Black Belt, projects under Stewart’s leadership have delivered well over $500M as a result of his passion for improvement, his ability to simplify complex problems by engaging all levels of the organization, his positive energy and good humour.
A continuous learner, Stewart holds Bachelors degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from UPEI and University of Waterloo respectively, as well as an MBA from University of Phoenix and a Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. He has also achieved certifications as a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP™) from the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) granted by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He is also an associate leadership coach with Vision Coaching where he works with leaders from various industries and sectors.
An accomplished leader, coach, facilitator and presenter, Stewart has delivered speaking engagements across Canada and the US to a variety of companies, industry associations, conferences, and educational institutions. He is also certified to administer DISC, Emotional Intelligence and 360 leadership instruments.
“From a young age, I was drawn to Engineering as a means of improving the world around me. Upon entering the aerospace manufacturing industry, I discovered continuous improvement and realized that improving processes could have an even greater impact on results – but found the real leadership challenges had more to do with people adapting and changing than with the process itself.”
“Change management quickly became my focus – helping employees and leaders understand the purpose of the change and the benefits of moving to a new way. Through working with leaders at all levels, I found that using a coach approach was the most effective way of moving forward with challenging transitions. After receiving my Certificate in Executive Coaching, my passion became clear. My primary purpose is assisting leaders to think and work differently – with one goal in mind – helping them bring out the best of themselves, their organization s and their teams.”