Mark Sutcliffe believes that entrepreneurs are essential to building strong, prosperous, progressive communities. Mark is passionate about CEOs and business owners reaching their full potential through thoughtful, strategic leadership, evidence-based decision-making and the support of experts and peers.
In a long leadership career in business and the media, Mark has co-founded the Ottawa Business Journal, created and launched major events including the Forty Under 40 and the Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs). As a CEO, entrepreneur, investor and board member, he has played a prominent role in several companies, including InBusiness Media, Great River Media, Sportstats, and Thyme & Again.
Mark has also championed small business and economic development as the chair of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, and as a board member at Invest Ottawa, Algonquin College, Run Ottawa and the Ottawa International Writers Festival. He also wrote a weekly business column for the Ottawa Citizen for more than 10 years.
As a business adviser with Invest Ottawa, and as a partner in the management consulting practice Sutcliffe+Whalen, Mark has provided advice, guidance, strategic planning support and coaching services to dozens of small to medium businesses and CEOs.
Mark’s calling as a TEC chair arises from his experience as an entrepreneur, his skills as a coach and facilitator, and his belief that CEOs and business owners travel a remarkable but often isolated and difficult path. With the support and feedback of peers in a safe, confidential environment, entrepreneurs can carefully and strategically explore all their options for overcoming personal and professional obstacles and make smart long-term decisions for themselves and their companies.
TEC Group Vision
Entrepreneurs face many challenges, in their businesses and throughout their lives. With the support and feedback of peers in a safe, confidential environment, they can carefully and strategically explore all options for overcoming personal and professional obstacles and making smart long-term decisions for themselves and their companies.
• Completed more than 30 marathons
• Award winning broadcaster, podcaster and talk-show host
• Author of four books, including Long Road to Boston
• TEDx Talk: Running, luck and the ovarian lottery
• Long-time volunteer and fundraiser, past chair of United Way Ottawa annual campaign
• Member of the Order of Ottawa, recipient of Senate of Canada 150 medal