Gary Faryon, Richmond
Gary Faryon has worked for some of Canada’s most successful and iconic brands during their most dominant period over the last 35 years. His business experience stems from multiple Start-Ups, to NGO’s, to Co-Operatives to large Corporations, and Women’s Enterprise Centre is delighted to welcome him as a volunteer Mentor in our One-to-One Mentoring Program!
Gary was born and raised in Victoria into an entrepreneurial family and, growing up, he assisted his Father who owned a chain of drug stores. After going through HBC’s management training program, Gary went through a series of what he calls ‘adventures,’ becoming a flight attendant, a park ranger, a gemologist, and founder of a tech startup before returning to HBC, this time in Toronto.
Gary eventually served 18-years as Chief Operating Officer at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), where he achieved significant multi-channel growth from five “Bricks and Mortar” stores to 22+ stores and one of Canada’s best omnichannel eCommerce programs.
Gary has an immense love for retail as well as a passion for designing cultures and systems that deliver a great customer experience. Now retired, Gary is focused on enjoying life and sharing his extensive and varied experience with occasional consulting work. He currently supports a variety of clients with GLG Business Consulting of New York.
Q. Why are you interested to become a volunteer mentor for Women’s Enterprise Centre?
I have been so fortunate in my life and have predominantly worked for and with women most of my career. It is time to give back. I enjoy working with and helping people succeed, I have a passion for business, and I want to help others avoid my mistakes.
Q. What are your top business strengths and areas of expertise?
- Business Strategy (mature & start-up)
- Process/Policy Development, Improvement and Execution
- Retail Marketing & Brand Development
- Designing & Developing Organizational Culture
- Building frameworks for others to succeed in