My Leadership Moments: Dwight Mihalicz, Past ICMCI Chair, President, Effective Managers

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My Leadership Moments is a discussion series of the ICMCI Future Leaders Forum (FLF) moderated by FLF members in which renowned consulting leaders share highlights of their professional journeys to help younger colleagues shape their future.

On 18 May 2022, Dwight Mihalicz, past Chair of ICMCI and currently president of Effective Managers, shared defining moments in his personal and professional life as part of the series My Leadership Moments. The conversation was led by Jana Buchanan, a consultant in Deloitte Canada’s Operations Transformation practice and a member of the ICMCI Future Leaders Forum.

Dwight Mihalicz recalled the start of his career with the Canadian Red Cross Society and the International Red Cross Society which gave him a huge exposure to the importance of work and how people collaborate together to get things done under sometimes very difficult circumstances.

After that he joined consulting leading up to his current position as president of Effective Managers, a management consulting firm based in Canada, working globally through a network of partnership agreements with management consulting firms in other parts of the world.

In terms of the profession, the decisive moment for him proved to be a chance sunny afternoon when he saw an announcement by CMC Canada that they were looking for volunteers at the international level to help with a governance project. He was first part of the Finance Task Force; he was then elected treasurer and then chair of the ICMCI.

On the personal side, the defining moment Dwight highlighted was having a baby which changed his focus significantly. 

For more personal stories from Dwight Mihalicz, please watch this short video (Ep5).

About the guest speaker

Dwight Mihalicz is well known in the global consulting community as he is currently on the ICMCI Board, where he also served as Chair for three years. He recently published the book Consulting through Uncertainty: A Global Perspective.

He helps organisations drive top performance. He focuses on manger effectiveness ensuring that all managers, from the CEO to the front line, are focused on their key strategic priorities and have the accountability and authority required for success.

Dwight Mihalicz has founded and is President of Effective Managers, a management consulting firm based in Canada and providing services globally. He works with owners and CEOs identify root cause issues that hinder top performance and uses research-based methods to help them improve.

Dwight Mihalicz is a Certified Management Consultant and has an MBA from the University of Ottawa, where he also served as the Director of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Telfer School of Management. He is an accredited ISO 20700 Instructor, and trains consultants on this management consulting services standard. Dwight Mihalicz has been recognized as a Fellow of the Business Excellence Institute. He has also been elected a Fellow of Institute of Management Consultants of Ontario, Canada, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his profession, his clients and to the community.

About the facilitator

Jana Buchanan, MBA, CAPM, is a consultant in Deloitte Canada’s Operations Transformation practice as a member of the Public Sector Transformation team. Prior to joining Deloitte, Jana served as a key member of the legal support team for an Atlantic region labor and employment firm She has worked with clients in education, healthcare, justice, and various other labor groups over the course of her career. 

As a Certified Associate in Project Management, Jana has a broad understanding of project management and change management tools and methodologies. She is currently in pursuit of both the CMC and PMP designations.  

Based in Nova Scotia, she serves on the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) - Atlantic Institute Board, Regional Representative for CMC-Canada National Growth Committee, and Canadian representative member of the ICMCI Future Leaders Forum. She is an active member of Project Management Institute Nova Scotia Chapter and the Institute of Public Administration.

About the ICMCI Future Leaders Forum

The ICMCI Future Leaders Forum brings together young consultants from all over the world in a structured effort to boost the conversation about the future of management consulting. It offers a platform to exchange views about the profession and to coalesce knowledge to the benefit of clients and consultants while growing a strong international network and developing leadership skills in the global arena.