Andrew Rush, Vice President
Andrew has a history of improving financial results through optimizing the collaboration of teams and developing more effective senior leaders; focusing on the culture and behaviors required to be successful. He has been a consultant and a leader in turnaround situations and led companies that were recognized as being one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Privately Owned Companies.
Andrew is a professional speaker and performs training engagements for small and large groups, covering the topic of “Performance and Cultural Alignment: Aligning your team to increase the predictability and profitability of your business.” Some of the groups that he has been asked to speak to include CEO Connections, TEC, MacKay CEO Forum, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Innovationors Alliance, ScaleUp Academy and Presidents of Enterprising Organizations.
His current role also involves him meeting with CEO’s and members of the Executive Leadership Team to determine how well aligned their organizations are. Through a series of interviews and surveys conducted over a 1 day period he is able to conduct a Performance and Cultural Assessment (PCA). This tool provides feedback and action plans as to where companies have opportunities to gain a greater degree of alignment.
His interest in alignment also continues outside of business, as he has endured 20 years of various physical therapies to try and better align his knee, hip, back and ankle.
Andrew started his career with Carpedia in 1997. From there he went on to various companies in the building materials, aluminum and construction industries as Vice-President of Operations, Vice-President of Sales, General Manager and President.
He has held leadership positions in companies with 25 to 1,200 employees, in unionized and non-unionized environments for both publicly traded and privately held firms. He returned to Carpedia in 2017.
Andrew graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He has held the role of Chair of the Canadian National Composites Council and is a recipient of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association Leadership Award.
He also focuses a large amount of his time coaching life skills to his three children. This audience is usually his most challenging.