Director, CIBC Commercial Banking, Atlantic Canada
Scott Ferguson is a Director in the Commercial Banking Halifax office. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. He started with CIBC over 30 years ago in the branch network in Alberta. After moving back to Atlantic Canada, he moved into a role within the Commercial Banking office in Newfoundland.
As a commercial banker, he enjoys spending time with clients helping them develop and grow. “Assisting clients grow and expand and seeing how we’ve helped create jobs and stimulate the local economy is incredible,” Scott says. He first started as a regional adjudicator for the Best Managed program seven years ago. He has now been a coach for the past four years. Scott has had the pleasure of coaching IMP Group, EastLink, PolyCello - a Division of EPC Industries Limited, Charm Jewelry Limited, and Maritime Travel Inc. Scott meets with companies to go through the requirements of the program early on in the process. “I seem to ask the question ‘so what?’ and ‘what’s the outcome?’ a lot to get companies thinking about their competitive advantages,” he says. As a coach he tries to help companies see the forest through the trees. He coaches companies to spend time looking into what makes them special in comparison to their competition.
“The Best Managed Program allows companies to receive the credit they deserve, and a platform to tell a story not only about their company, but about the suppliers and customers that help make their company successful”, says Scott. He also thinks it is great that Atlantic Canada has a chance to be included in the program as many Atlantic-based companies don’t receive the same publicity as larger Central Canadian-based companies.
Scott hopes to continue to have the opportunity to work with companies in the Program to highlight some of Atlantic Canada’s success stories and bring them some well-deserved recognition.