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Hugh D. MacPhie

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Hugh Drake MacPhie (born May 1, 1972) is an author, consultant, and founder and a principal with MacPhie & Company, a boutique consulting firm. In 2009, MacPhie wrote Don’t Forget Your Cape! What Preschoolers Teach Us About Leadership and Life.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, MacPhie is the eldest of three sons. His father, Robert H. MacPhie is a professor at the University of Waterloo. His mother, Cathy, is a retired school teacher. Primarily raised in Kitchener, MacPhie also lived outside of Canada as a boy, relocating with his family to California and France, respectively. While living in France, he learned to speak French fluently.

An Honours Business graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, MacPhie also studied Group Dynamics, sociology, and film at the Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

MacPhie started his career working in both Finance and Brand Management at Procter & Gamble. At age 23, he was recruited to the Office of the Premier of Ontario to serve as a communications advisor.

Upon leaving government, MacPhie joined the communications firm Navigator Limited, where he worked with prominent leaders in the Canadian public affairs community, including Jaime Watt, Greg Lyle, Stewart Braddick, Hugh McFadyen, and Warren Kinsella. MacPhie has been a speaker at communications industry conferences on the subject of strategy development, and a guest lecturer in the Richard Ivey School of Business’s Heath Sector MBA program. His articles have been re-printed by organizations including the Canadian Public Relations Society, and he has delivered presentations on brand building, working effectively with advertising agencies, and good writing.

MacPhie & Company[edit | edit source]

In 2004, he founded MacPhie & Company,[1] a boutique strategy consultancy that helps organizations articulate their desired identity, set future directions, and bring stakeholders together. MacPhie & Company provides strategic planning, market research, strategic communications, and training and education services.[2]

Don’t Forget Your Cape![edit | edit source]

In 2009, MacPhie wrote Don’t Forget Your Cape! What Preschoolers Teach Us About Leadership and Life, which is a business and leadership book. It uses stories and anecdotes about his two preschool aged sons, Jackson and John – along with stories from business, history, and pop culture – to make management theory simple to understand.[3] The cape analogy was inspired by MacPhie’s sons and their interest in superheroes. MacPhie also delivers Keynote presentations based on the book.

Don’t Forget Your Cape! What Preschoolers Teach Us About Leadership and Life has been featured in some of Canada's leading publications including The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

MacPhie and his wife Michelle reside in Toronto with their two school-aged sons, Jackson and John.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Macphie – Research, Strategy, Communications". www.macphie.ca. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  2. "MacPhie & Company – Our Service Offerings". Macphie.ca. Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  3. "Hugh MacPhie » Speaker Profile » National Speakers Bureau". Nsb.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  4. "What Leaders Can Learn From Kids". Archived from the original on June 5, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  5. Snobelen, John (July 10, 2010). "A complex journey to simplicity: Snobelen | Columnists | Opinion". Toronto Sun. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  6. "mobile: article". Toronto Star. April 7, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  7. "Ask why and take risks, recommends leadership expert Hugh MacPhie". Nebsmarketingstore.ca. April 30, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  8. "Don't forget your cape! 5 shots at business author Hugh MacPhie – Prash of All Trades". Prashanthgopalan.posterous.com. March 3, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  9. JOHN SNOBELEN, Special to QMI Agency (July 10, 2010). "Keeping it simple usually best advice | Comment | London Free Press". Lfpress.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  10. Canada (March 3, 2010). "Don't forget your cape! (No really)". Techvibes.com. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  11. http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7070/1153/html/86578/March.pdf
  12. "CNBPA ~ Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association". Cnbpa.ca. Archived from the original on October 19, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  13. http://www.cancer.ca/ontario/support%20services/~/media/CCS/Ontario/Files%20List/English%20files%20heading/pdf%20not%20in%20publications%20section/Surviving%20Cancer%20and%20Living%20Well%20Conference/Surviving%20Cancer%20and%20Living%20Well%20Conference%202008%20program.ashx
  14. "Consultant harnesses the infectious power of preschoolers". Parentcentral.ca. April 7, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2011.


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