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.

TEC Group Vision

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