Enterprise Development Professional
“The 20th century was about co-operation, and the 21st century is about collaboration – those that transform their cultures to fully embrace collaboration will achieve greater success.” – Sid Ridgley
Expertise: Profit and loss experience in retail, software development and consulting sectors.
Credentials: Hands on experience in helping people and organizations make transitions to an improve and different tomorrow.
Reputation: Trusted source for simplifying the complexities of organization culture transformation.
Vision: Every enterprise is a high performing excellent place to work and to do business with. History: Has made an impact on organizations in North America, Europe, The Middle East, China and India.
Sid Ridgley, an enterprise development professional and partners with international experience, believes that every enterprise gets the kind of organization culture it deserves which in turn ensures that every enterprise gets the kind of employee relations and customer loyalty it deserves. Pouring money and energy into making employees “happy” won’t ensure that customers are treated any better or that the organization’s goals are met. The focus has to be on the whole enterprise not just employees, or customers, or owners, or other key stakeholder groups.
Sid also believes that the focus ought to be on transformation and transitions – not change. Your culture is what it is. When leaders embrace a strategy of “change” they essentially have a “fix it” mentality and action plan. Making transitions and transformation is a “future create” mentality and action plan.
As an experienced executive he believes that most professionals and their firms who provide consulting type of services fall into 2 camps: they are either dispensing medicine or they are dispensing vitamins. Sid and his colleagues have experience in, and can, dispense medicine – however they live in the dispensing vitamins group. He has been doing so for over 25 years.
Sid recognizes that his audiences already know a fair amount about employee satisfaction, employee engagement and culture. He also knows that anyone with computer access today can do an internet search on the topic and get tons of information. So he customizes his keynotes to give the audience information that is missing or unknown as it relates to culture and culture transformation. His presentations are: Strategic, Insightful and Dynamic.
Contributing Author to 6 Business Books
- Leadership Gurus Speak Out!
- Transformational Leadership
- 303 Solutions for Reaching Goals & Living Your Dreams
- 303 Solutions for Communicating for Results
- 303 Solutions for Boosting Creativity & Solving Challenges
- Call Before You Dig: How utilities can really connect with their customers
Industry and Business Appointments
- Board Member: DeGroote School of Business – Executive Education Advisory Committee
- Chair of the 2013 Global Speakers Federation’s Global Speakers Summit (GSS), Vancouver
- President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, 2007-2008
- Director, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Foundation, 2008-2011
- Director, Global Speakers Federation 2006, 2008
- Director, Markham Main Street Business Improvement Area. 2004-2006
Educational and Knowledge Base
Sid, since 1995, has trained thousands of executives, managers and supervisors for York University’s Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) – Canada’s largest executive development organization. Sid’s is currently an exclusive DeGroote School of Business Executive Development (McMaster University) where his programs are used in BOTH Public and In-house portfolios.
More importantly Sid is actively involved in field research as it relates to customer and employee opinions; organization culture assessment; and leadership/group styles.
“Employee engagement is an outcome not a program.”
“Managers are appointed and retired; Leaders are followed and remembered.”
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.”
His enterprise development practice includes clients from many industry sectors. Clients include: Alectra Utilities, Hydro Ottawa, Ontario Electrical League, Suncor, St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto), Sutter Health (California), Catholic Healthcare West (California), Niagara Health System, Biogen Idec, Region of Durham, York Region, City of Burlington, City of Ottawa, City of Calgary, City of Windsor, City of Winnipeg, City of Hamilton, City of Richmond Hill, Town of Aurora, Hyundai, Microsoft (CANADA), Canada Revenue Agency, Siemens, Citigroup (INDIA), AMEX (INDIA), BeijingTV (CHINA), ChinaLife (CHINA), Rasgas (QATAR), Sanofi Pasteur, LoyaltyONE, MMM Group and many more.
Hall Of Fame Inductee (2019) Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
Consultant of the Year, Human Synertics Canada (2015)
Spirit of CAPS Award, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (2011)
Certified Speaking Professional designation from the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (2005)
OTTER Award for excellence in program design and delivery (large company) [Presented by the Ontario Society for Training & Development now known as the Canadian Society for Training & Development]
Retail Council of Canada Award, presented to Sid’s client for excellence in HR Development Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association (USA)
Sid Ridgley gets results for his international clientele by providing insights, guidance, expertise and practical tips & hints to leaders in their pursuit of creating collaborative organizational workplaces that are customer and employee centric. Strategic. Insightful. Dynamic.