Ben Gudewill

Ben Gudewill

ENTREPRENEURIAL, BIG PICTURE THINKER, RELATIONSHIP BUILDEr

  • 170 FORT YORK BLVD TORONTO, ON
  • ben.gudewill@gmail.com
  • (403) 714-9320

summary

A recent MBA graduate with 5+ years of experience in Entrepreneurship, Development, Finance, Operations, and Sales. 

I am passionate about small business and am interested in joining a rock solid team in a Sales or Business Development role. 

I have been fortunate to have had some great life experiences which include backpacking in Tibet, India, and China, diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa, and most recently, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The next great experience will be helping a laser-focused team shake things up in Toronto's energy space.

Education

Education

MBA (Entrepreneurship)

Ivey Business School                         University of Western Ontario
2014 - 2015

3rd Place - McKinsey & Company Case Competition (18 teams involved)

Finalist - New Venture Business Competition (12 teams involved)

Bachelor of Commerce (Energy)

Haskayne school of business     University of calgary
2004 - 2009

1st Place - Start-A-Business Competition (15 teams involved)

  • $50 in start-up capital; grossed $1,000+ sales within 10 days

ventures

Work History

Work History

Corporate Development Analyst

TransAlta
Jan 2012 - Dec 2013
  • Developed and presented growth strategies to Executive Management
  • Identified new customer and partnership opportunities
  • Created financial forecasts presented to the Board of Directors

New Graduate Program         (Business Development & Finance)

TransAlta
Jan 2010 - Dec 2011
  • Recommended new market entry plan to three Vice Presidents
  • Managed financial models for two assets with NBV of $250 million
  • Convinced Senior Management to reallocate project resources

Business Development Analyst

Kinder Morgan
May 2008 - Aug 2008
  • Cold-called private companies to identify partnership opportunities
  • Analyzed company financials, growth, fit, and management teams
  • Presented top recommendations to Senior Management

Project Control Specialist

GE
Jan 2007 - Aug 2007
  • Developed new customer relationships through product inquiries
  • Coordinated the manufacturing and delivery of $1.5 million of orders
  • Implemented new control system that reduced customer errors

Search and Rescue Crew Member

Canadian coast guard
May 2006 - Sep 2006
  • Provided emergency support in challenging rough water conditions
  • Executed 6 initially life-threatening operations with no loss of life
  • Awarded for tactical decision making abilities by Senior Officer

Professional development

President - Ivey Public Speaking Club (May 2014 - April 2015)

  • Created a fun and open learning environment for 46 club members to develop their communication abilities
  • Nominated by peers for MBA Outstanding Contribution Award for commitment to club member development

President - Speak Easy Toastmasters Club (May 2013 - December 2013)

  • Elected as youngest club President in downtown Calgary chapter
  • Awarded Distinguished Club Status by Toastmasters International for outstanding performance
  • Increased membership by 80%

sports

  • Division II Calgary Interclub Squash Player (2010-2013)
  • 1st Place - Rocky Mountain PSA Squash Tournament - Men's B (2011)
  • 1st Place - Talisman Energy Pro/Am Squash Tournament - Men's B (2011)

Volunteering

  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (2015)
  • Reforestation London (2014)
  • Tim Hortons Children's Foundation (2013)