Chris Henry, BComm Hons.
Executive director + CIO
Chris is Head of Executive and Interim Consulting and Placements and assists executives and boards of organizations looking for executive and department head leaders to help them achieve their strategy.
As a practicing consultant, Chris simplifies service, digital experiences, technology, cyber security, cloud and innovation for organizations of all sizes and levels of complexity. In the first 25 years of his professional career he gained experience in hospitality and tourism, omni-channel retail, mixed-use real estate, not-for-profit and professional services organizations including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Grant Thornton, The Terry Fox Foundation, The Friends of Fort York, TOM* Toronto Men’s Fashion Week and TW Toronto Women's Fashion Week.
In support of Canadian Men’s Fashion, as Director of DX “Digital Experiences” for Canada Fashion Group. TOM* Fashion Week, TW Toronto Women's Fashion Week and TOM* Magazine he led the teams designing and executing campaigns across multiple websites (WordPress), marketing engagement, ticketing and social/digital media channels. As CIO of Grant Thornton in Canada, Chris supported firm growth by strengthening the core technologies and IT team capabilities. This included investing in new innovative solutions (ie. Workday, SharePoint, Unified Communications) and by adding IT security, project management and procurement disciplines to the team. Working hand-in-hand with his fellow human resources, operations and marketing stakeholders, he also led the evolution and development of the Intranet-Extranet-Internet ecosystem creating a collaborative digital platform supporting productivity and client delivery across the country. At Four Seasons as Corporate Director of IT Operations serving all hotels worldwide he led the establishment of the first global technology shared services group who supported the secure delivery and operation of mission critical corporate and hotel systems including the global reservations and guest history system, financial consolidation system, website, extranet, intranet, call centre and global distribution systems.
Chris is a gregarious commentator, collaborator and connector as a guest blogger and thought leader online and speaker and host of industry conferences as well as the Connected Circle Live Show! featuring professional experts sharing their insights and passion on how they help others excel at work and life.
Chris donates 10% of his time each year to various social and community causes like the Terry Fox Run to find a cure for all cancers, the Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common to promote the heritage and culture of the Fort and its programs and TOM* Toronto Men’s Fashion Week to promote Canadian men’s fashion, designers and models.