Chair Profile: Doris Orr

July 4th, 2018|Chair Profiles|

Doris Orr

TEC Canada Small
Business Chair
Vancouver, BC

 “I get inspired watching their renewed sense of self translate into profound transformations, of themselves and others.”

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Doris Orr has a profound mission for helping people to be their best in business and in life. This seasoned former executive and chartered accountant (CPA, CA) is also a highly energetic speaker and certified executive coach (CEC). Throughout her career, Doris utilized her financial and leadership skills as a change catalyst, both in the organizations she has worked with and now in her coaching practice. Throughout her life, she has inspired people — whether colleagues or clients — with her passion for igniting the potential in others.

Doris has many years of global experience as a senior executive with organizations in financial capitals around the world, including KPMG and XL Capital, where she led many corporate transitions, from mergers to downsizing. Over the years, she has honed her expertise in managing transitions (business changes and improvements) informed by her passion for people development and her strong financial expertise. While living in Europe, she led a $100 million IT implementation project across 13 countries. More recently, she led a team of senior executives as the Chief Risk Officer with Vancity. Growing up in a family business and working with small businesses throughout her career is a great complement to her corporate business experience.

Now Doris is helping to change individual lives through her coaching, facilitation and speaking (Powerful Paradigms) and as a TEC Small Business Chair — helping TEC members experience profound growth in success and significance.

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Doris believes that personal mastery precedes public success. She welcomes members who bring diversity (of thought, experience, age and ethnicity) to the group on their journey to becoming their best self.’ Doris’s leadership and coaching style leverages her strengths (Maximizer and Activator from Tom Rath’s StrengthsFinder) and her approach of combining “a strong back and a soft front” — a blend of toughness and kindness in challenging members to be their best. As she says, “I get inspired watching their renewed sense of self translate into profound transformations, of themselves and others.”


Doris and her husband Dave have a 16-year-old son, Ben, and a puppy, Max. She readily shares her time and talents in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector, as a Knowledge Philanthropist for the Vantage Point, an organization dedicated to transforming NFP leadership.

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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