Eric Solowka

“A Leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity…

out of discord, harmony … and out of difficulty, opportunity.” 

 – Albert Einstein

We ease the journey for people, teams, and leaders to develop their core skills

and achieve excellence in a disrupted world.

Eric was my personal leadership coach as part of the Rhyze Up program that helps accelerate women-founded scale-ups across Canada. Eric is very personable, honest and approachable. I connected with him instantly as a mentor and consider him a very experienced and trusted adviser. He provided guidance, practical tools and experiences that I still use today as we continue to set goals, develop connections and identify resources to scale up our business. His enthusiasm, kindness, willingness to share his own experiences and wisdom while listening closely, are all qualities that I admire about him. Beyond that, as a mentor he has always tried to help me understand and become a better version of myself rather than trying to mold me to his perspective.

Jasmin Hofer

President & CEO, Energrow Inc

Originally hired as technical illustrator, rapid growth of Atlantis Aerospace Corp. landed me in the manger’s seat of the new Technical Graphics department. Eric was my mentor. Although my experience as a manager was nil, everything I needed to know about managing people and functioning within a hi-tech company was learned under Eric’s guidance. Eric was helpful in even the smallest details, such as getting me organized, improving my people skills and especially in teaching me to use my staff effectively. He accomplished this in part through his profound knowledge of personality type and human dynamics. It was invaluable in coming to grips with the graphics and engineering department with over 25 technicians and artists and gave me the skills in team building and problem solving. To this day I still value Eric’s most important lesson for me- “mistakes are learning experiences”. Eric has the personality and patience to reinforce this lesson. Never once was I chastised for management errors, he always made it a lesson in growth. I am now President of my own graphics art studio and am grateful Eric still finds the time to assist me when I find myself facing intricate business issues. I have developed an innovative new product for North America and the United Kingdom. Thanks to the support and guidance I receive from Eric, I am growing my company in areas I never would have tried otherwise. 

Bill Barlow

Owner, IronMedia

Eric is one of those rare individuals who thinks at the highest level of systems performance, and yet is able to dive down to the deepest detail when necessary. He comes from a math and physics background, yet has developed, through continued studies, a deep understanding of human behaviour in the high technology world. Backing that up, he has decades of first hand business experience managing and growing high technology companies in a very competitive environment.

Phil D'Eon

Founder and Technical Advisor (Retired), CaseBank Technologies

Eric served us as a trusted business advisor. Eric has shared his deep insight of human behaviours and how they can and should be aligned with business values and objectives. Eric brings a unique ability in understanding how business challenges can be addresses through the proper interface of people and processes. Most recently, Eric lead and managed a business team that includes among its successes the Fancom web site.

Bill Weekes

CET RCDD CFOT, Principal, Fancom Connects Ltd.

Eric is an approachable and engaging leadership coach who is able to respond to the evolving and unexpected challenges that leaders face when scaling a business. His kindness and willingness to share his experience provided me with the support and guidance that I needed to shift my perspective and start working on the business instead of in the business. Eric’s insight and knowledge of human dynamics helped me to alter my perception of the challenges our company was facing and understand the root causes. His focus on systems thinking helped me to initiate corrective changes and sustainable solutions by implementing the practical tools he recommended. I appreciated Eric’s humour and enthusiasm as leadership coach and mentor, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with him as part of the Innovation Guelph Rhyze Up program. 

Karleen Dudeck, DPhil, MBA

Managing Consultant, KJD Freelance

I have worked with Eric as a trusted consultant, coach and project manager. His unique blend of technical knowledge, management experience, and communication skills were invaluable to us in rebuilding a Military Program with the Canadian Government. Eric skillfully identified the key issues and then implemented a series of events and actions that turned the situation around and ultimately led to the creation of a reference customer.

Darius Knight

Enterprise Account Executive, SPS Commerce

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