Stark International’s MacEachern spent week in Ontario for course

John Brannen
Published on May 9, 2014
Stark International CEO Scott MacEachern was in London, Ont., last week attending the elite QuantumShift 2014 at the Ivey Business School, a gathering of 40 entrepreneurs who participate in a rigorous weeklong program to give them the tools to push their businesses forward as Canada’s economy continues to recover. STARK INTERNATIONAL

NEW GLASGOW – He’s been recognized as a leading entrepreneur and ranks among the top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada.

CEO Scott MacEachern of Stark International was selected as a participant in QuantumShift, a unique leadership development program founded by Ivey and KPMG Enterprise and sponsored by TD and the Globe and Mail.

According to QuantumShift, boosting entrepreneurial talent is critical for our country’s future with small and medium-sized businesses representing more than 97 per cent of independent businesses in Canada.

MacEachern joined other successful CEOs and business leaders from across Canada at the Ivey Business School in London, Ont.

“I applied for this program which is very intensive and valuable toward taking Stark International even further,” he said. “I know I’ll benefit from the program.”

Stark, based in New Glasgow, is a leading provider of transformer services, offering expert on-site inspection, transformer repair, insulating oil services, transformer commissioning, PCB services and laboratory services.

Stark’s reclaimed oil is treated and processed to return oil quality properties to “like new” levels without “new oil” costs. Technicians can increase the reliable life of transformer assets by up to three times and extend the life of oil-filled mechanical systems by efficient use of the industrial hot oil flush or mechanical oil services.

“Stark growth has been exponential and have done well over the last eight years,” said MacEachern. “We’re the largest company of our type in Canada.”

Ivey Business School, KPMG Enterprise, TD, and the Globe and Mail has, for 11 years, been inviting a select group of entrepreneurs to participate in the rigorous weeklong program to give them the tools to push their businesses forward as Canada’s economy continues to recover.

Helping these firms grow and improve their productivity is essential to building a more competitive Canada.

Stark left last Sunday for London where he participated in classes on leading an enterprise through exponential growth, attracting and retaining the best employees, uncovering obstacles that may be limiting growth and valuing building a strong network of entrepreneurial peers to share best practices.

“It’s going to be intense since the sessions start at 7 a.m. and go until 10 p.m.,” MacEachern said last week. “I know it’s going to be rewarding.”

Over 400 successful entrepreneurs have attended QuantumShift to date, including Cameron Heaps, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewery. Heaps said QuantumShift provided him with a unique opportunity to rethink his company’s operating structure.

“When you’re a young company in a high-growth phase, often the structures aren’t keeping up: he said. “This was an opportunity to step back and start identifying where the cracks are and how to set up your business to sustain growth.”

MacEachern said he was excited when he learned that he’d been invited to participate in the program.

“It’s great because the market we’re in is good. I’m excited for our plans for the future.”

While operating a business with international reach in a small Nova Scotia town can have its challenges, MacEachern is ready for anything.

“The world is a lot smaller than it used to be so we’re not scared to take risk. We look where we can add more value to products all around the world.”

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