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Walters Wins National Speaking Award Hockey player turned professional development specialist, sees success


SOYOOS – Ryan Walter, former NHL star and renowned leadership expert has been recognized as TEC Canada‘s 2015 Canadian Speaker of the Year. The award was given for his Thinking Tendencies Model keynote, and was officially presented to him at an event in Calgary. Winners are determined through a cumulative evaluation by TEC’s membership, consisting of the country’s leading executives and entrepreneurs. “Like you, I don’t play to lose,” says Walters. “I play to be the best in the world. As an NHL player for 15 seasons, I competed against the top 700 players in the world. As a professional speaker, trainer and performance expert I am excited to be recognized as the best in TEC’s world. “I am very grateful that the membership felt strongly enough about the value they received from my sessions to give me this incredible honour. Everyday my goal is to re-discover and deliver my best game in order to change the corporate climate of the businesses I’m interacting with.”


Walter’s passion for helping organizations bring out their ‘best game’ didn’t happen overnight. It was developed through years of hard work, determination,

persevera nce, a nd g u ida nce from other leaders. This process of personal development and growth is representative of his approach to life and profession.


Construction Company Wins Contractor of the Year Award Cantex-Okanagan: Awarded Honour From Transportation Ministry BY DAVID HOLMES

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Photo from left: TEC Canada Best Practice Chair Liam Christie presents Ryan Walter with the 2015 Canadian Speaker of the Year Award

“Recognition like this proves out a very important, universal winning principle, one that works as a player and coach in the NHL and as a business executive. The principle is simple but powerful ‘Focus and energy must be placed firmly on process, not on outcomes.’ “Difficult times sometimes redirect our focus. John Wooden, the ‘winningest’ basketball coach in NCAA history, taught me this concept when he said, “I don’t worry too much about winning or losing. I worry (or focus our team’s attention) about practicing the details (the process) that gives us the win (outcome).”” That mentality has been one of the key contributors to Walter’s success over the years, and was one of the main reasons for his interest in collaborating with TEC Canada. He started working as a speaker with the organization in September of 2013. “I was really impressed with their exceptional business model,” he says. “I am attracted to the idea of intentional growth.


ENTICTON – Receiving the Contractor of the Year Award from the provincial Transportation Ministry is only the latest accolade for Penticton’s Cantex-Okanagan Construction Ltd. “We’ve won a few awards during the past few years, we’ve

been runner up a few times but it’s always nice to win. It’s a form of recognition that we’re doing the job right. We’ve been fairly successful since 2008. With pretty much every one of our Ministry jobs we’ve been either a runner up or we’ve been Contactor of the Year,” explained Cantex-Okanagan’s General

Manager Paul Carey. Winning in the Grading Category, the company earned the honour for the work it did on a section of Highway 97 which was located just south of 100 Mile House. The $7.8 million four-lane expansion effort involved widening a 4.5 kilometre section of the highway and was part of the

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