TEC Chair Larry Hiles is no stranger to challenge and change – in fact, he refers to his 35 years of business successes as marathons not sprints. Like all strong competitors, Larry visualizes the goal and then persists. He never gives up when facing a roadblock. Known for his positivity, this change agent has a reputation as a strong strategic thinker. It is no surprise Larry won both the Queen’s Silver and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He insists on sharing credit in all his successes with his team and their admiration runs deep.
Larry started his career in the agriculture department at CIBC. His leadership steered the department through the extreme financial challenges and changes that defined the late 80’s. Moving through CIBC’s ranks in both small business and commercial banking, he culminated his banking career in 2002 as the bank’s senior representative in Saskatchewan and Director of Commercial Banking.
“I want to share the skills and experience that have shaped my outlook on life. There are many possibilities if we are brave enough to pursue them. My purpose is to bring out the full potential in the members through caring, challenge and support.”
Larry’s strategic thinking techniques and adaptive strategy, coupled with achieving results through influence and coaching, is instrumental in the success of his group members.
His greatest strength around the table is his ability to listen intently, while ensuring all parties are heard and participating. These skills, coupled with summarizing the big picture to desired outcomes, are invaluable to Larry’s TEC Group.
The mantra for his group might even be What Would Larry Do, if his influence at Doepker Industries is any indication. When Larry gave notice he was leaving the CFO position, the top brass determined that when facing new challenges and decisions without him, they would just ask themselves “what would Larry do” before deciding a course of action.
Throughout his career, Larry worked simultaneously on over a dozen boards. His most fulfilling experience as Board Chair and then Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee was to modernize Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan’s 100-year-old paper land titles system. Larry’s guidance over the course of 11 years ultimately helped move the organization from a $5 million dollar loss to an over-sold IPO – converting the Crown Corporation into a publicly traded corporation.
TEC Group Vision
To create a group of committed CEOs striving to achieve business, professional and personal growth and fulfillment. A group that can say they created significance in their lives and that of others.
- Lives in Regina with his wife Faye
- Recipient of Queen’s Silver Jubilee (2002) and Diamond Jubilee (2013) medals
- Recognized as one of Saskatchewan’s Men of Influence (2003)
- BSc. in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan
- Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College