Chair Profile: David Woodley

July 5th, 2018|Chair Profiles|

David Woodley

TEC Canada CEO and Key Executive Chair
Toronto and Area, ON

“The idea of leadership has matured – top leaders today understand that management is more collaborative and people-oriented.”

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“One conversation with David can save you from causing yourself a lot of grief.” This assessment from one of David Woodley’s TEC group members sums up in a nutshell why David was awarded the Chair Excellence Award. As highly sought out by industry and advisory councils as he is as a coach and mentor, David’s stellar record of achievement cements his credentials as a business strategist, one with the rare ability to see the big picture as well as the details.

David has held the position of COO and CEO of several large, multinational corporations spanning various industries, from automotive to white goods. His situational management style has evolved through key executive roles at Dana Corp, TriMas Corp and Electrolux.

David has a particular expertise in global expansion, having helmed business ventures in Europe, Mexico, Latin America and the Pacific Rim. Not satisfied with a mere market presence, David doubled the market share, increasing corporate profitability by 40 percent and sales by over $100 million through organic growth in the ubercompetitive manufacturing sector. He also understands the other side of the balance sheet, having successfully rationalized organizations to eliminate redundancies and achieve economies of scale in tightly margined sectors.

TEC Group Vision

The desire to learn from each other and share individual experiences in a nonjudgmental community committed to challenging each other and themselves.


  • Lives in Ancaster, ON with his wife, Corinne
  • Avid golfer and skier
  • Favourite Read: Anything by Tom Clancy or Tom Brown

TEC Canada is a member-based peer advisory organization of over 1,300 chief executives, entrepreneurs and business owners from across Canada. For over 30 years, TEC has been helping leaders achieve success through the power of confidential group meetings, one-to-one executive coaching, business thought leadership and a global network of over 23,000 business leaders.

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