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New podcast: Blake on leadership, trust, the economy

Launched this week, Blake talks about a range of topics, and how working for our members has been the highlight of his career

January 21, 2022

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Blake Hutcheson, our President and CEO, recently had the chance to catch up with Goldy Hyder of the Business Council of Canada to participate in an interview for a podcast series, “Speaking of Business”.

Goldy and Blake had an uplifting and wide-ranging conversation. Among many things, they talked about leadership, trust and why ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) must be a collective effort, and why working for you – over 500,000 members – has been the highlight of Blake’s career.

Be true to yourself, work hard, trust people and expect the same back – these are some of the lessons in leadership Blake shared on the latest episode. He talks about how he learned those lessons from his father and grandfather, growing up in Huntsville, Ontario.

Blake also talked about his optimism for Canada’s economic future, what small towns taught him about working together, and why he prefers playing lacrosse over hockey!

During the interview, Blake said: “If you focus on your people, if you focus on your culture, if you focus on your brand and if you are forward-looking, results come.” You can listen to the full conversation here.

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Blake Hutcheson, CEO, OMERS