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This is who we are.

If you're going to trust your business to someone, you should probably know a little about them. Stephen and Bob have known each other and have worked together on various projects and not for profit organizations for almost 20 years. Their complementary skills and vast network of business leaders, professionals and community leaders ideally position them to offer advice and assistance to companies looking for opportunities and relationships to take them to the next level.
Stephen Lautens Robert J. Clark

Stephen Lautens had his own litigation practice as a lawyer in Toronto for ten years. In 1997 he served as president of The Lawyers Club. Prior to the practice of law he worked for two years in Ottawa as a Special Assistant to The Hon. Hazen Argue, Minister of State (CWB).

Stephen left his law practice in 1998 to become Vice President, Business Development of The Workflow Automation Corporation, a private software company developing leading edge middleware solutions for banks, government, major corporations and other software vendors. The Workflow Automation Corporation was sold in 2000 to BEA Systems, Inc. (now Oracle Corporation) for $46 million. Following the sale of Workflow Automation, Stephen turned down the position of Vice President of BEA Systems’ E-Commerce Integration Division to be one of the founders of Internet Incubation Inc., a technology incubator for innovative startups. As Executive Vice President Stephen took the lead on China Metals Net, a $20 million online metal trading B2B portal in partnership with Minmetals Non-Ferrous, one of China’s 20 strategic State Owned Enterprises. Following Internet Incubation Inc. Stephen worked as a consultant for a variety of companies, not-for-profits and authored a report for the National Research Counsel for its National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure.

From 2005 to 2012 Stephen was Vice President – Corporate Communications and General Counsel of Inter-Citic Minerals Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed gold exploration company with a major project in the People’s Republic of China. At Inter-Citic Stephen was responsible for investor communications, regulatory compliance, trade shows, speaking engagements, and private placement roadshows, raising almost $60 million in funding. From 2008 to its eventual sale in 2012 Inter-Citic’s stock rose from a low of 18¢ to $2.05. In November, 2012 Inter-Citic was sold to Western Mining Group Co. Ltd. (PRC) for $260 million at a 123% premium to market.

Since the sale of Inter-Citic Stephen has provided communications and investor relations support to a variety of projects including online technology platforms, the financial services sector, early stage mineral and gas resource projects, as well as a number of not for profit and charitable corporations.

Stephen is a Past President of The National Club. He previously served three non-consecutive terms as President of The Ontario Club. He has sat on the boards or held an executive position as a volunteer with several charities and not for profit corporations. Stephen is also a writer and political commentator. He served two terms as president of the Toronto Press Club and is a Governor of The National Newspaper Awards again after previously serving on its board for seven years. He wrote a weekly column for The Calgary Sun for 16 years. His articles have also appeared in numerous other publications, including the Toronto Star and as a regular feature in The National Post, The London Free Press and Toronto Sun.

In 2012 Stephen received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community and charity work. In 2008 he was granted the Freedom of the City of London (UK) and is listed in the Canadian edition of Who’s Who. Stephen is the Grand Master of the Order of Saint Joachim and Lord of the Manor of Prior's Hall, Lindsell (UK). He is a supporting member of the Officers' Mess of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s), and served for three years on the board of the Canadian International Military Tattoo.

Stephen earned his J.D. degree from Queen’s Law School, Kingston and a history B.A. degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

Bob Clark is a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience as a President, Chief Operating Officer and business owner in the transportation and logistics industry. With a focus on strategic branding and business development, Bob has been an influential member of the executive team to the growth and development of a North American wide transportation network with over 600 locations throughout Canada and the United States.

As an eloquent communicator Bob has succeeded as a corporate ambassador, coaching and mentoring teamwork to enhance brand development with strategic alliances to produce results with increased market share and profitability to all stakeholders. Bob has a hands-on approach experience in management. Starting his career in the transportation industry as a driver to owning his own business and being the President & Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Canada, a $100 million a year national transportation company in Canada, a position he held for seven years.

With over twenty five years of senior business development experience in both marketing and sales, Bob is an agent of change. Having worked with and for numerous companies going through transition, he has an innovative and critical thinking management style to create and implement unique business initiatives. These have fostered long term, successful client relationships. The results have increased revenues and market share through collaborative business development strategies. This has also enhanced Bob’s negotiation skills in complex business opportunities as well as for the not-for-profit sectors he supports.

As a critical thinker, Bob has been able to research and develop operational capacities in large logistical opportunities for major corporate clients throughout Canada. Using continuous benchmarks and utilizing data and metrics, he has successfully achieved best in class results and business goals resulting in exceptional profitability and customer service levels. This has also gained Bob’s reputation with turnaround situations in existing businesses.

Bob has also been successful researching and developing sales and business development opportunities that elevated companies from the smallest share of market to the largest. Bob has experience with having operational and fiscal responsibility at the head office level with over 100 employees including a senior executive team. This also resulted in a proven track record for attracting, developing and retaining top talent resources.

A strong understanding of collaborative marketing and brand segmentation combined with a competency in pricing and proven ability to look beyond transitional business models has allowed Bob to maximize returns on each asset for companies and clients alike.

Bob has an extensive background working with various boards, and a variety of stakeholders, both corporate and not-for-profit. He is a Board Director of Canada Gives Foundation. He is a member of the Toronto Club and an honourary member of Canada Company, supporting the children of fallen soldiers.

Philanthropy has always been a core value throughout Bob’s life. He has held numerous leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector. As former chairman of the Ontario Club to his current responsibility as a member of the Regimental Senate of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's), and a Director of the Women’s Shelter Foundation, Bob values the opportunity to give back and to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

 

 

 
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