Associate Vice-President, CIBC Commercial Banking, Toronto
Ben Nikolaevsky is an Associate Vice-President, Commercial Banking in downtown Toronto. He is part of the Diversified group, with a focus on food processing. Ben has been a Best Managed coach since he joined CIBC two years ago, and has over 15 years of commercial banking experience prior to that.
Ben believes that the Best Managed application process is extremely valuable to companies, win or lose. “Going through the Phase II application pulls you out of the day-to-day operations of the business,” Ben says. “It helps the management teams to look at the strategic and long-term perspective not just when they first apply, but annually as they reassess to confirm that they are making the right choices. Do we have the right team in place? Are these the right systems to achieve the desired outcome? Are we targeting the right segment?”
Ben’s tenure in Commercial Banking and his experience working with successful companies gives him the tools to be both a coach and a mentor to the companies he works with. He has proudly coached companies to success, including both newer members of the Best Managed network such as Questrade, a winner in 2011, and Ronald A. Chisolm, a Requalified company that has been with the program since 2007. “To gain insight into the country’s most successful private companies is a remarkable opportunity. Every year I am delighted by the increasing level of sophistication in both their Best Managed applications and in their strategic business plans.”