S1 | 12: Great outcomes through discussion design and facilitation with Roger Thompson

In this episode, co-host Adam Chen speaks with Roger Thompson, former executive at FirstService Corporation and current consultant and doctoral candidate. Roger expands on the idea of design and how the structure of a meeting, of a team, and of a company can impact the effectiveness of ideation and brainstorming. Additionally, they discuss the responsibility of leaders and leadership to create a culture in which intrapreneurship can thrive and bias can be combated.

About Roger Thompson

Roger Thompson, co-founder of Thompitelli Inc, an evidence-based advisory firm for $50-$500 million businesses. Pursuing a leadership-focused doctorate, he’s a Masters-level strategic instructor, certified teacher, and 10+ year university lecturer. Formerly, VP at FirstService Corp, with roles including VP Strategy, President Property Management, VP Operations, and President Leadership Development. Holds degrees from Western University and Rotman School of Management. With ties to Ontario Tech University since 2016, he’s a Governor, Lieutenant Governor appointee, Co-Chair of Finance and Risk, and active Ridgeback supporter. His kids also attend Ontario Tech’s STEAM summer programs. Follow Roger at and subscribe to Roger’s Reads Weekly Newsletter


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Roger Thompson, Co-Founder, Thompitelli Inc.