Rob Van Wely
TEC Canada CEO Chair
Hamilton and Niagra, ON
“Even the most capable of CEO’s can experience a sense of isolation, which can potentially hinder top performance. Honest feedback is part of what a TEC group offers a leader but most importantly, he or she will be offered reassurance and a strong sense of support.”
Rob brings more than 25 years of public company and chief executive experience to his role as TEC Chair. With a demonstrated ability to build best-in-class organizations and lead and execute winning business strategies, Rob is passionate about helping other leaders achieve business goals and personal success.
His background as President of Global Vintners, and previously as CFO of Andrew Peller Limited, has given him in-depth experience in the challenges and successes of growing business from medium to larger-sized enterprises. As President of Global Vintners, Rob led the company`s growth from $35 million to $65 million in annual sales. He effected the completion of four acquisitions, established a multi-channel distribution strategy and developed an organization that was considered an Employer of Choice. In so doing, he established Global Vintners as the global leader in personal wine-making products and services, while positioning the company for continued success.
“Even the most capable of CEO’s can experience a sense of isolation. Honest feedback is part of what a TEC group offers a leader but most importantly, he or she will be offered reassurance and a strong sense of support.”
As a TEC Chair and Executive Coach, Rob is committed to helping business leaders gain new ideas and fresh perspectives, uncover new opportunities, and move forward with confidence. He is excited to share the perspective of a director, the experience of a CEO and the passion of a business owner with fellow chief executives.
Rob’s own positive experience as a TEC group member for 8 years was a key factor in his decision to accept a TEC chairmanship. He is part of the wider TEC community whose members represent nearly $50 billion in annual revenues and over 100,000 employees; a demonstration of TEC’s ability to advance Canadian business and lift our nation’s prosperity.
TEC Group Vision
We aspire to be better leaders, make better decisions and achieve better results. We pursue best practices and provide each other with fresh perspectives and new ideas. We inspire each other to improve our businesses, enhance our personal lives and contribute to the well-being of our employees and community.
- Lives in Grimsby, ON with his wife Jane
- Has six children and nine grandchildren
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
- Director – Grimsby Life Centre and Partners Worldwide Canada
- Likes all sports, especially golf
- Recommended Read: Think Big, Act Small by Jason Jennings