Lori Ell was recognized with the 2023 Chair Excellence Award and Master Chair Award. For more information on our 2023 Chair Awards, please click here

Lori Ell

TEC Canada CEO and KEY Executive Chair
Calgary, AB

“My goal is to help members who are seeking better solutions, to expand their knowledge, to be creative, and to challenge and be challenged.”

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A CPA by training, Lori Ell has held executive roles, including CFO and President, spanning across billion-dollar, start-up and mid-market companies. An expert in transformational change, financial strategy and management, she is also fascinated by the human side of business and what motivates and inspires employees to successfully execute a company’s strategy.

One of Lori’s greatest achievements came as President and part owner of food processor Agristar. Brought in to lead through a court-appointed re-structuring, she transformed it into a profitable organization within two years and led it to a successful sale in nine.

As founder and current President of Growing Ideas and as a TEC Canada Chair, Lori consults with business leaders to execute their vision, develop cultural alignment for high-performing teams and achieve optimal decision making.

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Lori’s mentorship style will suit members who are curious, self-aware and seeking constructive, consensus-driven meetings with a Chair who is supportive yet goal-oriented, positive yet decisive and humorous and forthright in her communication style.


• Married to husband Jerome with twin boys, Blake and Carson, and the family dog, Scout
• Enjoys reading, travel and walking her dog
• Sits on the boards for the AgJunction (TSX:AJX), Calgary Co-op, Wild Rose Brewery and a director on the Departmental Audit Committees for Indigenous Services Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
• Received her ICD.D in Board Governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors

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