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March Breakfast - Darren Dalgleish

  • Chateau Lacombe Hotel 10111 Bellamy Hill Road Northwest Edmonton, AB, T5J 1N7 Canada (map)

Darren Dalgleish (45yrs) was born and raised in B.C. and Northern Alberta. Part of a military family, Darren landed in Ontario as a teenager when his father was posted to CFB Trenton. Darren is educated in Engineering and Business having studied at Loyalist College, Queens University and the University of Tennessee. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and is regarded as an authority in the field of Business Renewal.

In the business world, Darren has run multinational companies, and has done business in China, Europe, Mexico, USA, Taiwan and Vietnam. He has led transformational "turn-arounds" of distressed companies, manufacturing business expansions and rationalization, and dynamic corporate acquisition activities.

Darren spent most of the last 6 years at the St. Lawrence Parks Commission in Ontario, as CEO, charged with executing a corporate transformation to create business sustainability. This resulted in over 70% profitability improvement, and dramatic growth within the industry with internationally recognized portfolio expansion.

Darren’s approach to business is customer focused based on value and employee engagement. His work in the Tourism/Museum sector has earned him several major accolades including; Attraction Ontario’s Tourism Champion of 2012 and the Canadian Government Executive Leadership Award in 2013 (one of only 7 in Canada).

In August of 2017, Darren accepted an invitation to join Fort Edmonton Management Company (FEMCo) in their quest for sustainability and transformation toward a more self-sufficient and enterprise minded business. Darren will oversee the substantial redevelopment of the park and enrichment of the portfolio.

Darren has executive leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, including as the, President of Ifastgroupe Corporation, a company that designs, manufactures, imports and distributes engineered products for many industries, General Manager of Canadian Operations with Textron Canada, a global supplier of specialized fasteners and fastening solutions, Quality Engineering roles with Decoma Autosystems, and Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Gananoque.

On a personal level, Darren has two teenage children, speaks Spanish and is an avid cyclist.