Our clients include business owners, executives, professionals and their organizations from around the world. They work in information technology, advanced engineering & manufacturing, financial services, professional services, high-end consumer products, and other industries.

Client Organizations

  • ADT Security Services
  • Bennett Jones LLP
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Cassels Brock
  • Deep Foundations Contractors Inc.
  • FMC Technologies
  • Geotab Inc.
  • Hill & Knowlton
  • Husky Injection Molding Systems
  • Miele Ltd.
  • Rotman ICD Directors Education Program (University of Toronto)
  • Spin Master Ltd.
  • The TD Bank Group
  • Teachers' Private Capital (Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan)
  • Torkin Manes LLP
  • Torys LLP

Sessions have also been hosted by:

  • Bennett Jones University
  • Canadian German Executive Forum
  • Conference Board of Canada
  • Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • Human Resources Professional Organization
  • International Banking Security Association
  • SCORE Association of New York City
  • Stikeman Elliott LLP
  • The World Bank

Testimonials

Working with Dirk has been a great experience. Dirk helped me to step into my new leadership role with confidence, to prepare for the challenges of managing up and down, and to develop a clear and focused approach to leadership. The right balance of preparation, discussion and guidance allowed me to apply the coaching immediately to my daily work. I also appreciated the flexibility around my work schedule which was very important given the demanding nature of my position. I recommend Dirk without hesitation and would be eager to participate in another coaching program under his guidance.

Emmanuel Armand, Director, Preform Systems and Tooling - Asia, Husky Injection Molding Systems

Influencing Powerful People provides a unique perspective and fills a gaping hole for anyone responsible with improving organizations and their performance. With his insights and recommendations Dirk delivers the guide to making leadership effective especially in organizations that overflow with powerful egos.

Friedrich Blase, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Holland & Knight LLP

Dirk Schlimm was the key note speaker at our sales conference attended by senior sales and account managers from all over Europe and the Middle East representing a diversity of 30 nationalities. Dirk's comments on 'effectively engaging powerful clients' were thought-provoking, motivating and entertaining; the feedback was positive throughout!

Gerardo Chiaia, President Europe, Middle East, Asia, Husky Injection Molding Systems

Dirk led a room full of high powered C-suite executives and their board members through a mock boardroom situation where the CEO and board members had a difference of opinion on the talent and effectiveness of one of the CEO's direct reports. He cleverly played both sides of the argument and through role play reminded us of basic leadership skills - building trust, respecting others, active listening and acknowledging what you have heard - that we all know, but sometimes forget in the midst of spirited debate.

Tamara Finch, Director, Teachers' Private Capital (Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan)

As well as being informative, Dirk's presentation was polished and entertaining. It resonated with everyone from articling students to partners.

Deborah Glatter, Director of Professional Development & Student Programs, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

I started working with Dirk as a coach when I moved into my first big leadership role after 10 years in the company in mostly sales-related roles. Dirk helped me through the process of developing my personal leadership style which included setting the right expectations for my team, delegating appropriately and providing high quality feedback. I learned a number of new tools which I now use on a daily basis. I found Dirk's coaching equally helpful when dealing with customers' challenges, interfacing with senior executives or developing the company's most important asset: people! The one-on-one sessions with Dirk were educational, intellectually challenging and profoundly fun. Based on my experience, I can only strongly recommend Dirk's program.

Paulo Gomes, General Manager, Husky Injection Molding Systems

Our session with Dirk Schlimm was very insightful, highlighting the ins and outs of dealing with "powerful people". Our entire senior management team found the day extremely beneficial, in particular preparing them to deal with different individuals in a ever changing business environment.

Jan Heck, President, Miele (Canada) Limited

Thank you so much for coming to Bennett Jones and delivering an amazing seminar on Influencing Powerful People. The seminar was very well received by both our lawyers and clients. I especially enjoyed the way you tailored it to and made it very practical and relevant for the audience.

Kate Henn, Manager, Professional Development and Special Projects, Bennett Jones LLP

Dirk conducted an engaging and informative seminar on Effective Client Management, with practical advice regarding solutions to real life difficult client situations. The session was interactive and our lawyers gained some key insights to apply in improving their working relationships, not only with external clients and colleagues, but also with internal "clients" and colleagues (lawyers) in our firm. We look forward to working with Dirk again in the future, and are enjoying his book!

Kate Henn and Len Griffiths, Bennett Jones LLP

Dirk Schlimm is a mastermind. His seminar on Marketing Your Small Business to Powerful People left today's workshop attendees abuzz. Dirk challenged a room full of entrepreneurs to think about their businesses and their message in new ways. They left the session empowered, inspired, and with clearly implementable strategies. What could be better?

Jennifer Jackson, Regional Director, The SCORE Association of New York City

Having practiced law acting mostly for major corporations for almost 40 years, I have learned that a major key to success is influencing and managing people effectively, particularly powerful people. While this is certainly true for professional service providers, it is equally true in essentially all human endeavors. Dirk Schlimm's "Influencing Powerful People" provides invaluable insights into this dynamic; insights that will assist anyone to be more effective and successful.

Peter Jewett, Chair, Corporate Department, Torys LLP

After more than 30 years in sales management I never experienced a more challenging time. Upon my promotion to Sales Vice-President I faced a market in a downward spiral, continued expectations for profitability from new owners, and a team in need of direction and reassurance. As a result of my work with Dirk, I have been able to improve business results, get traction on key strategic initiatives and build better relationships with key players in the organization.

Carmen Lowe, Vice-President, Sales & Service, North America, Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd

Dirk's workshop brought together in-house legal counsel and sales leaders from the Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. Our session brought key issues into focus, helped strengthen relationships, and resulted in a concrete action plan for enabling growth while managing risk. Time well spent!

Mike McKendry, Vice-President and General Counsel, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ltd.

Dirk did a great job for us in giving a presentation to our in-house counsel clients entitled: 'Effective Client Management for In-House Counsel.' Dirk's presentation utilized key elements from his book and showed in-house counsel how they could better communicate with and manage the expectations of CEO's and other senior business leaders within their organizations. His presentation was very well received and provided practical strategies and tips that they could immediately implement. session brought key issues into focus, helped strengthen relationships, and resulted in a concrete action plan for enabling growth while managing risk. Time well spent!

Norman Letalik, Partner and Managing Director, Professional Excellence, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Dirk's professional coaching sessions have helped me to greatly improve my leadership and communication skills needed in a difficult and highly competitive business environment. Dirk's has demonstrated his analytical skills to diagnose my business challenges and work with me to devise viable solutions.

Calvin Pang, General Manager, Packaging - Asia, Husky Injection Molding Systems (Shanghai) Ltd.

Dr. Dirk Schlimm was a strategic contributor to one of ADT's large-scale 2011 events for our national account financial services customers. His executive presentation and workshop on Developing and Communicating Strategic Plans that Influence C-Level Audiences was one of our event's most compelling teaching sessions. With wit, wisdom and a heavy dose of "C Level influence factors," Dirk was successful at making Chief Security Officers for some of North America's largest financial institutions not only more strategic thinkers, but also strategic presenters. Whether in group workshop settings or longer-term strategic organizational team training, Dr. Schlimm an effective consultative resource that our global organization recommends.

John Pearce, Commercial Marketing Director, ADT Security Services

Dirk Schlimm has been tremendously successful teaching in our Directors Education Program. In a room full of top executives and seasoned board members, Dirk delivers a high energy presentation, capitalizing on his experience working with other "powerful" people. Our participants comment on his style, his enthusiasm and the key learnings that they take away from his sessions. His material is cutting-edge and captures the nuances that occur when type As get in a room together. Dirk helps people see themselves within this framework, and shows them how to use new skills to effectively navigate the interactions they face on a day-to-day basis. Powerful stuff delivered in a compelling manner.

Richard C. Powers, National Academic Director, Directors Education Program, Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto)

Dirk's negotiation seminar was a massive value-add.

Anton Rabie, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Spin Master Ltd.

Dirk Schlimm helped our group of 75 HR Managers from around the globe get the bigger picture of Talent Management and key in on the critical elements of influencing senior management teams and individual executives. We had an engaging session that broadened our thinking and gained specific tools to use after the session. Dirk kept things moving with a combination of significant insights and light-hearted stories. His message reached everyone and was relevant for every level of experience. Very useful session and fine contributor to our Global Meeting.

Mark J Scott, Vice President Administration, FMC Technologies, Inc

Dirk Schlimm's seminar on influencing powerful people is filled with useful suggestions and informative examples. We related well to Dirk's explanations and scenarios and have incorporated his ideas into our next round of business planning.

Jeff Smith, Chief Development Officer, Hill & Knowlton Canada

Dirk's session on "Influencing Skills for Corporate Directors" at the Rotman Directors' Education Program equipped us with new skills related to the emotional side of leadership. His insights and engaging presentation style enhanced our tool kit to deal with difficult conversations and build relationships - an invaluable skill for the board room and everyday interactions.

Jennifer Sondergaard, Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Dirk assisted in the development of our long–term strategic plan. He is an accomplished facilitator and his unique, straight forward approach got us to consensus on difficult issues.

Bill Starke, CEO, Deep Foundations Contractors Inc.