Author: Alex Van Tol
Photography by: Jeffrey Bosdet
In Conversation with Ian Chisholm, Business Yoda and President of Roy Group
With his crack team of advisors at Roy Group, Ian Chisholm is shaping this city's leaders into world-class mentors
Ian Chisholm — Chiz to those who know him — is pretty open about being a bit of a zealot: he sees leadership in everybody. And, after decades of guiding people to bring only their best selves to every single interaction, he’s become one of Western Canada’s most in-demand organizational alchemists, working with government ministries as well as organizations like Fountain Tire, ATB Wealth, West Point Grey Academy, St. Michaels University School and Fraser Academy.
A hardworking farm kid from Saskatchewan, Chisholm entered leadership development in New York City, taking talented inner-city kids through a leadership development program, a job that had grown out of his summer internships with the American Management Association. During his time in the Big Apple, Chisholm helped to expand that initiative to multiple centres across the U.S.
When an opportunity arose to head up an entire centre for international leadership development, he jumped — even though it was on the Isle of Skye.