David Bentall, founder of Next Step Advisors and author of the book The Company You Keep, tells men how they can drop their guard in order to build lasting male friendships.
David C. Bentall was born and raised in Vancouver and is a graduate of UBC and Harvard Business School. He was instrumental in the successful domestic bid for the 2010 Olympics. He has been teaching an undergraduate course at UBC s Sauder School of Business on the dynamics of family run businesses since 2007 and also teaches a similar course to MBA students. In 2010, he was honoured to receive the Teaching Excellence Award from UBC.
David worked for 20 years in his family’s businesses, focusing on real estate development at The Bentall Group. He also served for seven years as President and CEO of Dominion Construction. During that time, the company’s sales grew from $150 million per year to just under $300 million.
David is now President of his own firm, Next Step Advisors. Through this company, he provides succession consulting and executive/life coaching. In 2006, David was formally recognized by the International Coaches Federation as a “Certified Professional Coach” and by the Family Firm Institute as a Professional Family Business Advisor. In the fall of 2012, as an acknowledgement of his expertise and experience, he was formally recognized as a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, during their Global Conference in Brussels.
David was Founding Chair of the Business Families Centre at UBC for five years from 2001 – 2006. He is the former Chair of Keats Camps and St. George’s School.
David and his wife Alison have been married for over 30 years, have four fabulous children, and three wonderful grandchildren.