Audie McCarthy, B.A.

CEO

Audie McCarthy joined the organization in January 2012. Audie’s expertise lies in leadership development, customer service, strategic planning, project management and her ability to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with clients and partners. Prior to taking this position, Audie founded The Marrek Group, a private corporate training and consulting business in 2002.

Combining her personal values of integrity, passionate commitment and goal oriented excellence with twenty-seven years of corporate experience; Audie succeeded in building strong relationships with clients and associates to attain a high level of success as an entrepreneur. With an eye on developing strong strategic partnerships, Audie included Mohawk College (Hamilton, Ontario) as an excellent fit for the goals of both the college and The Marrek Group.  The result of this endeavour produced an impressive list of corporate clients.  From providing training and coaching services for The City of Hamilton, The Hamilton International Airport, Hamilton Health Sciences, Town of Innisfil, L-3 WESCAM and many other clients, to planning and facilitating “The Tools for Business Series” workshops Audie commits to a high level of professional involvement.  Whether the client requires facilitating executive meetings or consultations on strategic planning (e.g. Township of West Lincoln), organizational development and culture change, Audie’s ability to anticipate corporate requirements brings results.

In the past three years The Marrek Group under Audie’s direction and lead partnered with Mohawk College Enterprise to develop a culture change initiative which involved designing and delivering over 100 workshops to all staff at the College including Managers, Support and Faculty.  As a result of these sessions the College decided to move forward with ten stand-alone projects. Audie’s role changed to one of project management and over the course of a year took ten project teams through project management training, coaching and guidance. For the majority of individuals on the teams this was their first introduction to project management so Audie’s role was very hands on. Audie also facilitated project management training for St. Joseph’s Immigrant’s Women’s Centre to help them achieve success with a community project. As a result of this work Audie was asked to speak on project management at a conference held by the Centre in the fall of 2011. Audie was trained in Project Management through Bell Canada where she led many projects in her time there. Audie put her project management skills to use in designing and implementing the initial sales coaching program within Bell Canada as well as developing and implementing HR Strategies such as recruitment processes, performance management systems and employee relations programs. Audie also led many business transformation initiatives and was instrumental in the amalgamation of Bell Canada Phonecentres and Bell Mobility Stores in to Bell World in 1999.

Audie’s talent of imparting valuable advice through written material led her to co-author “Leadership-it is not Just for Leaders”. She has also been published by Biz Magazine and the Mississauga Board of Trade newsletter. She released her second book “Networking Edge – Building Relationships for Success” in June 2009.  (www.networkingedge.ca). In this book, Audie shares the networking secrets she has gathered for over 35 years. Packed with expert advice, real life examples and practical exercises, Networking Edge blasts through obstacles that are preventing you from building the relationships you need to achieve the success you desire. Audie generously shares her time and experience with her community.  She has dedicated her involvement to positions such as; President Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce, Chair - Facilitating Inclusion Advisory Board, Business Director - Hamilton Training Advisory Board, 1st Vice President of Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce, Lead Planner – War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee, Past Chair of Boost Your Business Committee (Oakville Chamber of Commerce), HR Matters Steering Committee (Hamilton, Ontario), and Parent Council (Memorial Public School, Stoney Creek, Ontario). She is also a long time canvasser for the Canadian Cancer Society.